Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience - To Know Without Knowing

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience - To Know Without Knowing

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A driving, surprising and absorbing ride from the eclectic Melbourne eight-piece with Mulatu Astatke.

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To Know Without Knowing, Mulatu Astatke and Black Jesus Experience’s 2019 album is their second together. A grooving transcontinental gem, recorded in Melbourne, Australia and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Filled with the warmth of the mentorship and friendship of their creative partnership honed over a decade of performing together in Africa, Australia and UK/Europe.

Mulatu Astatke is the Father of Ethio-Jazz and one of Africa's most influential and enduring musical figures. Black Jesus Experience is a community of artists, centred around a twelve piece global-funk-machine born of Australia's vibrant multi-culturalism. Mulatu and Black Jesus Experience met in Addis Ababa in 2009, embarking on both a musical relationship and a friendship that has led Mulatu Astake to describe Black Jesus Experience as, "My favourite backing band" and, “...they’re family.”

Mulatu's great contribution to music has been to combine Jazz and funk grooves with Ethiopia's distinctive pentatonic scales. His musical genius is the sensuality and sophistication with which Mulatu contrasts these minimalist scales with richly chromatic harmony. But Mulatu’s equally great contribution has been to share both his enduringly unique modernity and Ethiopia’s timelessly spiritual music with the world. Black Jesus Experience treasure the special relationship of generosity, mentorship and collaboration they have been privileged to share with this master musician. To Know Without Knowing is the product of this gift.

CD
1. Mulatu
2. Ambassi Lemdi
3. Kulun Mankwaleshi
4. Living On Stolen Land
5. To Know Without Knowing
6. Lijay
7. Blue Light
8. Mascaram Setaba
9. A Chance To Give

LP
A1. Mulatu
A2. Kulun Mankwaleshi
A3. To Know Without Knowing
B1. Mascaram Setaba
B2. Living On Stolen Land
B3. Ambassi Lemdi

Artist: Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
Label: Agogo Records
Catalogue: AR135VL
Barcode: 4260130549350
Format: CD & LP
Release Date: 3rd July 2020
                 
"The Melbourne ensemble reunite with the father of Ethio-jazz for a driving Cuban, funk, reggae workout"
★★★★☆
 
                   

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