Mulatu Astatke (also spelled as Mulatu Astatqé; Amharic: ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger. He is known as the "Father of Ethio-Jazz." Born in 1943 in Jimma, Oromia, Ethiopia, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first african student at the Berklee College of Music. He would later combine his jazz and Latin music influences with traditional ethiopian music. In 2005, his music appeared on the soundtrack to the Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers; Jarmusch has claimed the music to be a source of inspiration for making the film itself.
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The Heliocentrics is a London based psychedelic music collective breaking boundaries between funk, rock, electronic, ethnic traditions, and experimental music. The Heliocentrics’ debut album, Out There (2007) was a confounding piece of work. Drawing from the funk universe of James Brown, the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone and the sublime fusion of David Axelrod, musique concrète, post-punk and krautrock...
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