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Sketches Of Ethiopia
Afro-Cuban Jazz, African, Modal
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Sketches of Ethiopia is trumpeted as Astatke's first release on an international label in fifty years, though that honor should probably go to UK label Strut Records, who released Mulatu Steps Ahead in 2010. For anyone interested in Astatke's early music check out the compilations New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz (Strut Records, 2009) or Ethiopiques Vol 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974) (Buda Musique, 1998), which revisits Astatke's early 1970s releases in Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke has achieved what most musicians could only dream of: he invented an iconic genre. In the 1970s, Astatke pioneered a fusion of western jazz with the traditional sounds and instruments of Ethiopia to create Ethio-jazz. One could say he is the . of Ethio-jazz (to use hip-hop parlance). Now 70 years old, Astatke refuses to slow down, or rely on his rich past and diverse repertoire. His new album Sketches of Ethiopia was released recently under the international label Jazz Village, and shows us why the king of Ethio-jazz is still at his imperial throne

On Sketches of Ethiopia, Mulatu Astatke's first international release, the father of Ethio-Jazz's remarkably rich music reveals influences ranging from jazz and Latin American music to the traditional music of his homeland. Astatke has collaborated with numerous jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, and in 2005 was featured on the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's film Broken Flowers. Conductor, arranger, master of the vibraphone and conga drums, Astatke now plays with his England-based group Step Ahead

Maettku Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Studio Ferber, Paris, France. Studio La Buissonne,, France. The Fish Factory Studios, London, England. Sketches of Ethiopia.

Album · 2013 · 9 Songs. Mulatu Astatke has been at the forefront of the fusion between jazz and Ethiopian pop music since the ‘60s. He’s a talented composer, arranger, and player whose work blends African rhythms, textures, and vocals with Western grooves and horn arrangements. The best of his early work is collected on the classic Ethiopiques 4 compilation, but Astatke hasn't been content to rest on his laurels

Among the Ethiopian instruments used are masinko (single-bowed lute), krar (six-string lyre) and washint (bamboo flute), alongside traditional jazz instruments including piano, bass, saxophone, trumpet and cello, and the west African harp-like kora.

Album: Sketches Of Ethiopia. Artist: Mulatu Astatke. This veteran Ethiopian bandleader, composer and vibraphonist is widely viewed as the grandmaster of Ethio-jazz. A man well versed in the dynamics of weird-beard psychedelic head sounds, Astatke can be best heard in mind-blowing fettle on various iterations of the Budda Musique Ethiopiques series, the soundtrack to Broken Flowers and the more recent Inspiration Information album with The Heliocentrics

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Assosa Derache 10:05
A2 Azmari 5:00
A3 Gamo 5:17
B1 Motherland Abay 8:35
B2 Hager Fiker 6:10
B3 Surma
Lead Vocals – Fatoumata Diawara

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Jazz Village
  • Copyright (c) – Jazz Village
  • Pressed By – MPO
  • Distributed By – Harmonia Mundi


  • Band – Step Ahead Band
  • Double Bass, Bass [Step Ahead Band] – John Edwards
  • Drums [Step Ahead Band] – Tom Skinner
  • Flute [Washint] – Yohanes Afwork*
  • Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet [Step Ahead Band] – James Arben
  • Keyboards, Cello [Step Ahead Band] – Danny Keane*
  • Lead Vocals – Tesfaye (tracks: A2, B1, B3)
  • Lyre [Krarr] – Messale Asmamow
  • Lyre [Masinko] – Indris Hassun*
  • Management – Clémentine Bunel
  • Percussion [Step Ahead Band] – Richard Olatunde Baker
  • Piano, Keyboards [Step Ahead Band] – Alexander Hawkins
  • Trumpet [Step Ahead Band] – Byron Wallen
  • Vibraphone, Piano, Keyboards, Arranged By, Producer – Mulatu Astatke


180 gram pressing

Ethiopia is culturally, a very rich country which has also contributed so much to the developement ofmodern music in the world.
Mulatu Astatke

Special Thanks
My family for their unconditional support. I want to thank the President of Berklee College of Music,M. Roger and the entire Institution, for recognizing ethio-jazz as well as Afrika's contribution to Music. James Arben and all my musicians for their support and dedication to ethio-jazz. Jazz Village for giving a new home to my music. My manager Clémentine Bunel and the Two For The Road Productions Team for taking ethio-jazz around the world and pushing its borders. My colleague Russ Gershon and the Either Orchestra. My friend Quinton Scott for his love of ethio-jazz. Gilles Fruchaux from Buda Musique.

- Mulatu Astatke

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 3 149027 000178
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): JV 33570015 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): JV 33570015 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Side A): JV 33570015 A MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Etched, Side B): JV 33570015 B MPO
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Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
JV 570015 Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia ‎(CD, Album) Jazz Village JV 570015 France 2013
SP 9570015 Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Jazz Village SP 9570015 France 2013
KKJ 109 Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia ‎(CD, Album) King International KKJ 109 Japan 2013