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Category Archives: Ethiopia

Frank Gossner Serves Up Hot Vintage Afro-Pop With “Lagos Disco Inferno”

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  If you’ve ever thumbed through an edition of our “Music + Travel: Worldwide” guidebook to musical scenes from around the globe, you’d know that we have a soft spot in our hearts for the bouncing Afro-Pop beats that flowed out of the Africa starting in the 1970s. Specifically, we’ve dedicated an entire chapter to “Ethiopop”, the heady mix of ... Read More »

OUT NOW! Music + Travel Worldwide: 12 Cities / 12 Scenes

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In Music+Travel Worldwide our expert guides take a musical tour around the globe. Check out our sound sampler before you buy the book…   Jazz Land: Chicago by Peter Margasak Jazz Hometown Hero: Ken Vandermark and the Ken Vandermark 5     Click to hear 11 more… Read More »

Inside Eithiopop

Mulatu Astatke

Most Americans got their first taste of Ethiopop from ‘Broken Flowers‘ the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film which featured a soundtrack by Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke.   Trained in the UK and the US, Astatke’s unique style gave birth to a new type of Ethopian music, one that blended jazz and Latin music with his country’s signature sound, combining a ... Read More »

Swing Shifts: Addis Ababa

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Journey back 1,500 years to the birth of music in Ethiopia, explore modern-day Addis Ababa and discover a sound that has influenced artists from Bob Marley to Common. Mikael Awake is your guide to Ethiopop — a genre that emerged when artists like Mulatu Astatke blended jazz, bebop and blues with a sexy, lilting Ethopian sensibility. Want to hear today’s ... Read More »

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