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Swing Shifts: Addis Ababa

addis-ababaJourney 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 Ethiopop? Awake shows you where to hear  a recently reborn genre blending hip-hop, dancehall, reggae and funk with the spirit of Ethiopian music. 

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