October 9th 2020 is the new date for the Astatke Mulatu show in Oslo!
One of Cosmopolite's favourite goers returns on October 9th after years of sold-out concerts in the Soria Moria Castle in Torshov. We always invite him because each concert is unique, and with a great focus on improvisation and fantastic interaction between the musicians, we are never disappointed.
We're talking about Mulatu Astatke, the world champion who has inspired Nas, Damien Marley, K'naan, Kanye West and Fleetwood Mac - to name a few - with his innovative "ethio jazz". Ethiopian jazz is a unique fusion of traditional Ethiopian music with jazz, afro-funk, soul and Latin rhythms, and is considered one of Ethiopia's greatest innovations.
Mulatu Astatke is gaining an ever-increasing number of followers and eventually appeared on a number of historical records during his career, in particular, the release of the "Ethiopiques" series caused many to lock their ears. In addition, the music has been used in several films, and both Elvis Castello and Robert Plant have declared themselves big fans.
At 76 years old, Astatke is as active as ever, playing sparkling concerts around the world. He has recently collaborated with both Either / Orchestra in the US and The Heilocentrics in England, and in 2010 released the critically acclaimed album "Mulatu Steps Ahead", which is a fantastic blend of African rhythms, funky winds, sensitive jazz elements and an almost hypnotic big band sound.
Photo Urszula Tarasiewicz, made in Cosmopolite Scene