Astatke’s music is in no way old-fashioned, though. In fact, his distinctive sound has been sampled widely by a number of artists, including Kanye West, Four Tet, K’Naan, Nas and Damien Marley, whose 2010 hip-hop/reggae mashup As We Enter samples the blasting trumpets and off-beat rhythms of Astatke’s Yègellé Tezeta.
This autumn, on 16 September, Astatke will be bringing his pioneering sound to the Hackney Arts Centre, for what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the summer for the London jazz scene. The sound is an enthralling cocktail of the familiar and the alien. There is nothing strange about the instruments in themselves – most of Astatke’s pieces revolve around bass guitars, trumpets and saxophones – but when they come together it's as if they speak a different language, one that seems to connect the listener with the ancient past, and with Ethiopia – the cradle of mankind.
Tickets are on sale so book now for your place on a musical journey that spans the continents.
|What||Mulatu Astatke brings Ethio-Jazz to Hackney|
|Where||Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Dalston Kingsland (overground)|
On 16 Sep 18, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book tickets|