Mulatu Steps Ahead

Saturday, 27 March 2010, 0:11 | Category : Reviews
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Mulatu’s on a roll. Last year was a good one for the legendary Mr Astatke, what with the brilliant collaboration with The Heliocentrics, followed by a blinding career retrospective compliation later in the year. He’s not wasted any time and he’s already got a new album coming out. In the latter part of last year, [...]

Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London

Wednesday, 28 October 2009, 17:36 | Category : Reviews
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People use words like ‘legend’ a bit too loosely in this business. Does being able to play an instrument really well, or releasing loads of albums, or having cult appeal really make someone a legend? How about actually creating your own type of music,  inventing your own musical instrument, and being the main man of [...]

Inspiration Information

Monday, 22 June 2009, 11:49 | Category : Reviews
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Bringing musical legends together to collaborate and record stuff can be a great idea, but it can come with the great burden of expectation, which may cloud your judgement on how good it is. This is the case for me with the first two albums in the Inspiration Information series, released on the revitalised Strut [...]