MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE ‘To Know Without Knowing’ – CD

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Mulatu Astatke is the creator of an entire musical genre, Father of Ethio-Jazz, and one of Africa’s most influential and enduring musical figures.

Mulatu was at the heart of Ethiopia’s urban music renaissance during the latter part of the 20th century. He came to renewed world prominence through the ‘Ethiopiques’ record series and the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Broken Flowers’. Mulatu continues to explore the relationship between ancient and modern Ethiopian music, receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in recognition of this. Black Jesus Experience is Australia’s premier Ethio-funk ensemble, born of Australia’s vibrant multiculturalism.

Mulatu’s creative genius is to combine jazz and funk grooves with Ethiopia’s distinctive pentatonic scales and to contrast these minimalist scales with richly chromatic harmony. To Know Without Knowing is an absolutely cracking album and sure to be one of our favourites of 2019, full of hypnotic grooves, fierce rhymes and an incredibly tight backing band.