Mulatu Astatke, is an Ethiopian musician, known as the father of Ethio-jazz, combining jazz, latin and traditional Ethiopian music.
He’s released 13 albums, as a band leader since 1966’s ‘Maskaram Setaba’, with the latest being 2013 ‘Sketches of Ethiopia’ in 2013.
National Public Radio used Astatke's instrumentals as beds under or between pieces, notably on the program This American Life. Additionally, hip hop artists have sampled Astatke's songs extensively; samples of his can be heard in the works of Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West, Cut Chemist, Quantic, Madlib and Oddisee.
He plays London’s Barbican in April 2018. Catch him live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Steroeboard.