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MULATU ASTATKE

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In Addis Abeba kann man sich nie sicher sein, Worte werden da in Wachs gehüllt und von Mund zu Mund weitergegeben, bis daraus Gold wird. Und dann ist es auch schnell wieder weg, das Wort, denn Systeme haben Ohren und alle brauchen das Gold. Nur das Flüchtige kann da bestehen, in dieser höchsten aller Hauptstädte Afrikas, mit seiner tausende von Jahren alten Geschichte. Nur das Flüchtige – bis auf die Musik. Und die klingt in die ganze Welt hinaus. Der Ethiojazz vor allen. Diese Legierung aus traditionellen äthiopischen Harmonien, Jazz und den Rhythmen der lateinamerikanischen Kulturen. Es sind Klänge, die das Zeugnis einer musikalischen Weltreise sind, einer kosmopolitischen Haltung, dieser einzigartige Groove – es ist ein Wasserzeichen des offenen Geistes. Und kein geringerer als der Vater dessen kommt uns nun besuchen, der Urheber in Person: Herr MULATU ASTATKE – es ist uns eine grosse Ehre, Sie im Dachstock der Reitschule begrüssen zu dürfen. (txt:üd)

Organized by:   Dachstock

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May 16, 2021

Dachstock – Bern

  • Doors open at:
    19:30
  • Event starts at:
    20:30
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MULATU ASTATKE

MULATU ASTAKE

In 2008, The Barbican, and then Glastonbury, hosted a concert featuring four of Ethiopia’s most famed musicians, key artists from what is now seen as the country’s “golden period” of music, crystalising in the last days of Haile Selassie, before finally being silenced as Mengistu’s ‘Derg’ administration quashed the country for nearly two decades. Mahmoud Ahmed had played the country a handful of times, his still powerful vocal garnering him a Radio 3 World Music Award. Gétachèw Mèkurya, an octogenarian saxophonist whose timbre and technique is considered by some to pre-figure Ornette Coleman’s ‘free’ experiments by several years, has enjoyed a new lease of life in Europe, hooking up with avant-punks The Ex. Alèmayèhu Eshèté, initially taking his lead from Elvis Presley, had never performed in the UK, though he plays regularly for the ex-pat Ethiopian community in the US. The last of the four, Mulatu Astatké, whose unique music punctuated Jim Jarmusch’s film, ‘Broken Flowers’, is in many ways the most crucial figure in the country’s recent musical history. He had played the UK for the first time in over 15 years just beforehand at Cargo in April 2008 with London-based collective The Heliocentrics for Karen P’s ‘Broad Casting’ session, a gig that has culminated in a unique new album for Strut Records’ ‘Inspiration Information’ studio collaboration series.

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