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Release date: 12th May, 2017

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A1. MULATU 5.31
A2. MASCARAM SETABA (Arr. M. Astatke) 3.06
A3. DA-WOL (Arr. M. Astatke) 4.06

B1. KULUN-MANQUELESHI (Arr. M. Astatke) 2.12
B2. KASALEFKUT-HULU (M. Astatke) 2.29
B3. MUNAYE (Arr. M. Astatke) 5.24
B4. CHIFARA (M. Astatke) 7.31


C1. MULATU 5.31
C2. MASCARAM SETABA (Arr. M. Astatke) 3.06
C3. DA-WOL (Arr. M. Astatke) 4.06

D1. KULUN-MANQUELESHI (Arr. M. Astatke) 2.12
D2. KASALEFKUT-HULU (M. Astatke) 2.29
D3. MUNAYE (Arr. M. Astatke) 5.24
D4. CHIFARA (M. Astatke) 7.31


E1. MUNAYE – take 1 (Arr. M. Astatke) 6.10
E2. MASCARAM SETABA take 1 (Arr. M. Astatke) 2.19
E3. MASCARAM SETABA take 2 (Arr. M. Astatke) 1.41
E4. MASCARAM SETABA take 3 (Arr. M. Astatke) 1.37
A1 Mulatu 5:00
A2 Mascaram Setaba 2:40
A3 Dewel 4:00

B1 Kulunmanqueleshi 2:05
B2 Kasalefkut-Hulu 2:25
B3 Munaye 3:15
B4 Chifara
1. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu
2. Mulatu Astatke - Mascaram Setaba
3. Mulatu Astatke - Dewel
4. Mulatu Astatke - Kulunmanqueleshi
5.Mulatu Astatke - Kasalefkut-hulu
6. Mulatu Astatke - Munaye
7. Mulatu Astatke - Chifara
8. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu
10. Mulatu Astatke - Dewel
11. Mulatu Astatke - Kulunmanqueleshi
12. Mulatu Astatke - Kasalefkut-hulu
13. Mulatu Astatke - Munaye
14. Mulatu Astatke - Chifara

A landmark album in the field of African music, recorded in New York in 1972.

The album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. “I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That’s where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up.”

Journeying regularly to the Big Apple to play and watch live shows at the Cheetah, the Palladium and the Village Gate, Astatke met producer Gil Snapper on the circuit. “Gil was a nice and very interesting guy. He produced music and worked with all kinds of musicians.” The meeting would lead to a series of albums on Snapper’s Worthy label. The first, ‘Afro Latin Soul’, documented Astatke’s new-found directions. “Mulatu has created a new sound,” enthused Snapper on the album jacket. “He has taken the ancient five-tone scales of Asia and Africa and woven them into something unique and exciting; a mixture of three cultures, Ethiopian, Puerto Rican and American.”

The resultant album represented the first fully formed document of Astatke’s trademark Ethio jazz sound. It features ‘Kulunmanqueleshi’, ‘Dewel’, and ‘Kasalefku-Hulu’, tracks that Mulatu would return to regularly on singles and in live shows, the Ethio-Latin workout ‘Chifara’ and the self-titled groover ‘Mulatu’ (“I wanted to make a track for…. myself!”).



Released May 19, 2017
2017, Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

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