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April 13, 2010 Sufjan Stevens' collaborator, Rafter Roberts, has a new solo record of his own. Hear a preview cut on this edition of All Songs Considered.
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Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player Manu Dibango performs the title track of Africa Boogaloo.
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February 17, 2010 The compilation provides an impressive and compelling introduction to Africa's embrace of Latin music. Its songs are simultaneously global and local, offering up a twist on "world fusion" without the associations with toothless tropical music.
Mulatu Astatke just released a new album with The Heliocentrics.
July 6, 2009 Jazz music was born in America in the early 20th century, evolving out of a meeting of African and European music traditions. Once the style began to develop around the world, jazz found its way back to Africa. Hear five of Africa's best jazz musicians, including Mulatu Astatke.
February 3, 2009 Ethiopia is often overshadowed by news of famine, war, and poverty. But behind the headlines sits the country's rich history of music. Tony Cox speaks with Mulatu Astatke, godfather of Ethiopian jazz. Astatke explains how his music has reached a global audience.
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July 16, 2006 The exotic strains of Ethiopian jazz are not widely heard by American ears. But the work of many talented artists can be enjoyed in an ambitious multi-volume CD series called Ethiopiques.
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