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Mulatu Astatke The making of Ethio Jazz. By Abebe Zegeye

Meskerem Assegued in conversation with Mulatu Astatke. Book and Music CD
Zoma Contemporary Arts Centre
Unisa Press, Pretoria, South Africa (ISBN 978-1-86888-552-7) &
Red Sea Press, Inc.; Trenton, NJ, USA (ISBN 1-56902-311-5)
2009, first edition, first impression
Lamintated softcover book with music CD, 56 pp.
SA price: R150 (VAT incl).
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Quote: “Mulatu commands a rare level of respect among the people of the Horn of Africa. His name is one that most Ethiopian people know, but despite that, few could name his compositions specifically. All agree however on his massive importance to Ethiopian music – a true father figure in his field.”   Miles Cleret, journalist


The Making of Ethio Jazz – Abebe Zegeye
Mulatu’s early life
Mulatu’s musical heritage
Mulatu trains overseas
The birth of Ethio Jazz
In Addis Ababa
Ethiopia’s social and political milieu
Adapting to changed circumstances
Celebrity status
`Broken flowers’
Accolades and looking ahead
The postcoloniality of Mulatu’s jazz

Unisa Press – inspired sounds from Africa

Abebe Zegeye is Director: Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg, South Africa
Meskerem Assegued is Director and Curator of Zoma Contemporary Art Centre (ZCAC). The ZCAC is an art institute focused on Ethiopian art.

Zegeye and Assegued are Series Editors of the Zoma Contemporary Art Series:
Each book covers a single artist, theme, or art-form that is central to the contemporary visual culture. Each volume is a definitive work consisting of key writings on major issues in art today. The artists and writers included in this series represent diverse perspectives, generations, and voices in contemporary art.