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Mulatu Astatke is a legend

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…..

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Rastafari and His Imperial Majesty

Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the end of Emperor Haile Selassie rule over Ethiopia by a military coup that became the Derg regime (they in turn would rule…..

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Vincent Moon’s Portraits of Ethiopian Music

Post by Addis Rumble * “Ethiopia is an island,” Vincent Moon explains. The French filmmaker has been on the road for four years now travelling and filming music and spiritual…..

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When Bob Marley went to Africa

The public persona (and the politics) of Bob Marley, whose birthday it is today,* was heavily informed by his relationship with Africa (both symbolically and in a real sense). In…..