The Ethiopian vibraphone and percussion player Mulatu Astatke lived in London and New York in the 1960s, where he created the foundation of his captivating mixture of jazz harmonies, latin rhythms and Ethiopian melodies, with an important role for analogue keyboards.
In the 1970s Mulatu brought Ethio Jazz to his home land. He recorded a number of albums and performed with Duke Ellington, but his music was rarely heard outside of Ethiopia. In 2005 he finally reached an international audience thanks to the soundtrack of the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers. His music has also been sampled by hip-hop artists such as Kanye West, Nas and Madlib.
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