Ethiopean jazz legend Mulatu Astatke is the 5th headliner at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018
Mulatu Astatke – also known as the founding father of Ethio-Jazz – brings his new band and vibes to Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018 and the scenic surroundings at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge / Jazz by the Sea as part of the grand celebration of the festival’s 40th edition.
Born in the Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. He has collaborated with many notable artists across Africa, Europe and America arranging and playing on recordings by Mahmoud Ahmed, and appearing as a special guest with Duke Ellington during a tour of Ethiopia in 1973. His Western audience expanded even further when the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers featured seven of Astatke’s songs. His work also features heavily in Hip hop with Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West, Cut Chemist, and Knaan all sampling his work.
Astatke will be flanked by a talented team of British musicians including Alexander Hawkins (piano), John Edwards (bass) and others at the two concerts on July 13 and 14. Presented by ALICE and Copenhagen Jazz Festival.