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My Addis

My Addis

The musician Mulatu Astatke is generally credited with being the innovator of the Ethiopian musical genre known as “Ethio-jazz”. Over forty years ago he melded traditional Ethiopian music with contemporary jazz to create a musical melange that was both vibrant and unique. Today, Mulatu’s music is everywhere and the majority of his early work is readily available. This mix is intend to highlight Mulatu’s influence on contemporary musicians from Switzerland’s Imperial Tiger Orchestra to the UK’s Dub Colossus and all points in between. Hope you enjoy a different take on jazz and if you get a chance check out the Mochilla Timeless film of Mulatu Astatke - it’s a gem.


Leonardo Hawáh de Barros

Playlist or djset please?

Leonardo Hawáh de Barros

Que nunca se viu em escravidão é porque nunca se sentiu livre.

Leonardo Hawáh de Barros


DJ Tal Bright

Wonderful mix, found some real gems here :) thanks for sahring

Victor Losev

Steady and powerful, mix is my favorite by now. Brilliant is in the beggining and brilliant is at the end.
I liked it on my tour in Thailand and I like it here, in Russia )))
Thank you!


Thanks for listening Victor...

Spud Roots

Nice mix! Loving the vibes, seen Dub Colossus live, brilliant band! Nuff respect!


Thanks Mr Roots! Appreciate you dropping by. One Love!


I hope most people got the punning title!

Dominique Prud'homme

Utterly fantastic. I undulate by myself in front of my JBLs, while looking for my "Ethiopiques" collection, I was a bit lazy and relied to much to The Heliocentrics recently (love them). Some totally unknown - to me- jewels in there. Thanks for the treat, 2tee.


Thanks - it means a lot when people dig these mixes.


Respectfully a Masterpiece !!! Love the method of convolution to reverberate ancient techniques in music : empathize the deep tonal colorations and exploiting the treasures found in the harmonic landscape : MY mind is heavy now with conceptions : Thanks for the lesson and intelligent


Hi Bro, Thanks for your continued support and intelligent discourse. Interestingly, this was NOT one of my most popular mixes. My theory is that Western ears (the majority of mixcloud listeners) find it difficult to embrace Ethiopian scales which are know as “kiñit”. There are four main kiñits that are used in Ethiopian music. These are the Tizita, Batti, Ambassel, and Anchihoye kiñits. While most of the music uses a pentatonic scale, some melodies may be based on scales with as few as two or three notes. I guess people are aware of pentatonic scales from the blues, but the other scales are less well known.The other problem for western listeners, is that traditional Ethiopian instruments are never exactly alike. Instrument makers did not adhere to a standard size or length to go by when creating instruments. The goal was to make an instrument that could produce sound. Therefore, it is difficult to use solmization (do, re, mi, fa, so etc) to describe exact pitches in Ethiopian music. So, ethio-jazz has a kind of dissonance that is not present in most American/European jazz. Listeners have an expectation of where the notes will go next and so feel dislocated when the music doesn’t fulfil their expectations. Listen up people, educate your ears, you might not “get-it” straight away, but if you hang on in there you will be rewarded.


Fascinating. Worth your time. Listen....