East Africa doesn’t get enough love. As a connoisseur of music coming out of Africa from the 70’s, sometimes I tend to get caught up on the western, Francophone countries – Nigeria, Benin & Togo – and tend to neglect the rest. Mulatu Astake’s music – like a ringing bell – shows why that’s a ridiculous position to have. Fusing elements of Latin Jazz with dark sax solos and a bit of that Ethiopian flare, “Mulatu,” recorded in 1972, oozes like a funky snake reminiscent of Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew or Herbie Hancock’s Sextant.
“Mulatu” is the 4th track off his 2009 Compilation album – New York-Addis-London The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 – courtesy of Strut Records