Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ethio-jazz and Beyond Concert at UCLA

Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-jazz, is performing this February at UCLA!  And tickets went on sale today!

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music—as well as other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia's Golden '70s. (source: Wikipedia)

Opening for Mulatu is Meklit.

Meklit Hadero, known simply as "Meklit", is a singer and songwriter based in San Francisco, California. She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music. Born in Ethiopia, she was raised in the U.S. and attended college at Yale, where she studied political science. (source: Wikipedia)

When:  Saturday, February 21, 2015, 8:00 PM
Where:  UCLA's Royce Hall

Individual tickets are now available for sale here.

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