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Friday, Feb 10 2017 | 03:54
Image: 1607701 First released in 1992, available for CD only and out of print for many years, Addis 1988 is now remastered and available as limited edition on vinyl for the first time, a stunning reissue 180 grams for audiophiles and collectors.

TRACKLISTING
SIDE I – ETHIO STARS
01 Aderech Arada, Befikir / Menged Lay Wodike [trad/M.Astatke]
02 Kermosew [M.Astatke]
03 Yetentu Tez Alew [trad/M.Astatke]
04 Tiz Balegn Gize [M.Astatke/G.Kassa]

SIDE II – TUKUL BAND
01 Bugalu [M.Astatke]
02 Akale Woube [trad/M.Astatke]
03 Konso Music [trad/M.Astatke]
04 Wallel Beli [trad/B.H.Maryam]
05 Sound of Washint & masinko [trad/Y.Afework/G.Abebe]

Addis 1988 is the document of a moment in time when Mulatu Astatke was not yet the global Ethiojazz superstar he is today, but a change was gonna come for him, and for the whole
world. In Ethiopia, the Derg had started to tumble and fall, Europe saw the wall between East and West gain more and more holes until it came down, Southern Africa witnessed Apartheid taking its final lap before Nelson Mandela was finally set free. With Ofra Haza's Yeminite Songs and Mory Kanté’s ‘Yéké Yéké’ high on the international charts, music of the wider world finally entered the house of Western pop, giving high hopes and deep inspirations for many musicians who were previously excluded. Fuelled by Mulatu Astatke as artistic director, composer, arranger and collaborating musician, Ethio Stars and Tukul Band's Addis 1988 recordings vibrantly sustain the innocence of these musical originators, yet hold up to modern standards with timeless aplomb. The album also helps to fill a gap: the period when Mulatu and his music were largely forgotten outside of his homeland.
First released in1992, available for CD only and out of print for many years, Addis 1988 is now remastered and available as limited edition on vinyl for the first time, a stunning reissue 180 grams for audiophiles and collectors.

QUOTES:
»A fascinating album with a disarming blend of soul, jazz, funk, rock ,reggae and carefully plotted tracks. Great stuff!« fRoots (Aug 1992)
»Innovative musicians that deserve greater exposure. The Ethio Stars and
Tukul Band work strikingly diverse variations on Ethiopian popular music by
performing xperimen-tal sonic surgery on traditional styles and instruments.«
SPIN (Feb 1993)
»Quality music, capturing the energy and passion of the soul-influenced
traditional Ethiopian sounds.« CMJ (Aug 1992)

KEY SELLING POINTS
- Mulatu is featured as artistic director, composer, arranger and collaborating musician
- Helping to close the gap in Mulatu’s discography between 70s and 90s
- A classic – high on the European World Music Charts in 1992
- Two very different bands – Ethio Stars & Tukul Band - that emerged out of the cultural melting point Addis
- Released for the first time on vinyl
- High-quality reissue and remaster for collectors on 180 gram vinyl
- Download code included
- Released for the first time digitally on all download and streaming services Available from 24.03.2017
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