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Sketches of Ethiopia

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Azmari
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Gamo
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Hager Fiker
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Gambella
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Assosa Derache
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Gumuz
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Motherland Abay
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Surma
Artist: Mulatu Astatke featuring Fatoumata Diawara
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Surma (Extended Version)
Artist: Mulatu Astatke featuring Fatoumata Diawara
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Andrew Mueller is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He has written three books: the music/travel anthology Rock & Hard Places, the gonzo history of the

09.02.13
A glorious survey of Astatke's near-limitless horizons
2013 | Label: Jazz Village

There were many human casualties of the Ethiopian military junta which overthrew Haile Selassie in 1974. There was also a significant cultural loss. Prior to the seizure of the country by the Soviet-backed generals of the Derg, Ethiopia hosted a vibrant music scene, incorporating Latin jazz with local sounds, much of it collated by Addis Ababa label Amha. The Derg shut Amha down and chased its artists into exile. One of the most significant was… read more »

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The mythologising of Mulatu ...

samaraofseil

Look, I've got nothing personally against Mulatu Astatke but what your eMusic Contributor, Andrew Mueller, says about Mulatu's history is plain wrong, and if he doesn't believe me he should read Francis Falceto's liner notes to any of the Ethiopiques series more closely. While the label Amha may have suffered under the Derg, Mulatu did not and, in fact, became an "a musician-scholar, an intimidating shadow and official musician throughout the various regimes" (The Very Best Of Ethiopiques, MANTDCD245, 2007). This has nothing to do with the music but is still important because history should not be rewritten to the extent that it is in Mueller's text, and the mythologising of Mulatu is offensive to those who genuinely did suffer at the hands of the Derg.

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