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Mulatu Astatke (also spelled as Mulatu Astatqé
; Amharic: ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ
) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger. He is known as the "Father of Ethio-Jazz." Born in 1943 in Jimma, Oromia, Ethiopia, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first african
student at the Berklee College of Music. He would later combine his jazz
and Latin music influences with traditional ethiopian
music. In 2005, his music appeared on the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers
; Jarmusch has claimed the music to be a source of inspiration for making the film itself.
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Tracks We Played
Ethiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974