Song: Tezeta (Nostalgia)
Artist: Mulatu Astatke
Album: Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969–1974 (1998)
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Mulatu Astatke’s “Tezeta” (Nostalgia) is a timeless musical masterpiece that reflects the genius of the renowned Ethiopian musician and composer, Mulatu Astatke. Known as the father of Ethio-jazz, Astatke’s fusion of Ethiopian traditional music with jazz and funk influences has earned him global recognition.
Born in 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. He appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during the Ethiopian Golden Age in 1970s.
“Tezeta” is a song that captures the essence of nostalgia, evoking a deep sense of longing and melancholy. Astatke’s masterful arrangements and improvisations in “Tezeta” showcase his unique ability to blend Ethiopian musical traditions with the vibrant energy of jazz, creating a captivating musical experience that resonates with audiences around the world. This is a great album to throw on while cooking dinner or engaging in insightful conversation.