Jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke: ‘All I do is play my music’

Marco B Divaio

In the swinging Addis Ababa of 1973, Mulatu Astatke played a joint concert at the fashionable Hilton hotel with American jazz legend Duke Ellington before an audience including Emperor Haile Selassie. Ethiopia was modernising and Ellington’s visit, sponsored by the US embassy, symbolised the proud African country’s openness to western […]

New music for a new era

Marco B Divaio

Jazz harpist Brandee Younger PHOTO: KYLE POMPEY Musicians are releasing new albums in August and September to showcase their strengths and concerns that incubated during the global pandemic. Missing live audiences means deep turns inward, and these investigations now benefit listeners. Here are some new recordings that illuminate and can […]

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