4 minutes read October 1, 2013 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….. Read More 1 minute read January 13, 2012 Nas’s Angola Blues In “If I ruled the World,” Nas raps: “I’d open every cell in Attica send em to Africa.” Then in the 1998 Hype Williams feature film “Belly” (costar DMX), Nas’s….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read April 21, 2010 Timeless This blog does not waste any opportunities to post visuals of Mulatu Astatke performing. Via Mochilla, where there is a lot of other videos of our favorite artists like Bilal….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read April 5, 2010 Trailer: "Distant Relatives" The new 5 minute trailer for the new Nas-Damian Marley collaboration, “Distant Relatives”–out next month–where they engage with the music of Africa. (I’ve blogged before about some of the leaked….. Read More 3 minutes read April 2, 2010 All that other good stuff, March 28-April 2, 2010 It’s Friday so here’s some links and stories I have managed not to give the proper treatment to this week. * What’s Jeffrey Gettleman problem? This week he has a….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read March 22, 2010 Mulatu Astatke's 'Green Africa' Updated: The Ethiopian jazz master has a new album. This is the first single. Maybe this is his blueprint for carbon emissions. Read More 1 minute read March 2, 2010 Addis Swing The Economist has a great little story on the revival of local jazz–including musicians like Mulatu Astatke (in the video above with the Heliocentrics in London)–a tradition that dates back….. Read More ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.