Mulatu Astatke

For many of these lists, I have heard of the artist but not their music. This is the first list where I had heard of neither the artist nor his music. But when I came across two pieces on Mulatu Astatke—the “Father of Ethiopian Jazz”—in the space of three days, I figured it was a sign from the universe that I should give him a list. One of the mentions was on World Is Africa, a thoughtful, informative blog that is to this one as Beethoven is to Alvin and the Chipmunks. Dedicated to Djibril.

Mulatu Astatke AllMusic page


  1. Thanks for the dedication Joe.

    I love the selection you made. Ethiopian Jazz still underappreciated, this is a great way to introduce this genre to a wider audience.

    Keep up the good work!
    Love and Peace.


  2. My pleasure, Djibril. One of the nicest things about doing this music blog is being introduced to musicians I was unfamiliar with – as well as making connections around the globe. Thanks for your support!


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