Mulatu Astatke

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Mulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician and composer known as the "father of Ethio-jazz." Born on December 19, 1943, in Jimma, Ethiopia, Astatke is credited with blending traditional Ethiopian music with jazz, Latin, and Western classical styles to create a unique and innovative sound.

Astatke's career began in the 1960s when he moved to the United States to study music at Berklee College of Music and later at the Manhattan School of Music. He was one of the first African students to attend these prestigious institutions, where he honed his skills as a vibraphonist and percussionist.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Astatke returned to Ethiopia and formed the band The Ethiopian Quintet, releasing groundbreaking albums such as "Afro-Latin Soul" and "Mulatu of Ethiopia." His music gained international recognition for its fusion of traditional Ethiopian melodies with jazz improvisation and Latin rhythms.

Astatke's accomplishments include composing the soundtrack for the film "Broken Flowers," directed by Jim Jarmusch, which introduced his music to a new generation of fans. He has also collaborated with musicians such as Duke Ellington and Fela Kuti, further cementing his status as a pioneer in world music.

Today, Mulatu Astatke continues to perform and record music that transcends cultural boundaries and inspires listeners around the world.

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