Mulatu Astatke and Black Jesus Experience
Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
22nd January 2019
The father of Ethio-jazz with exuberant Melbourne eight-piece Black Jesus Experience. Over a career spanning five decades, Astatke’s blend of African and western-inspired jazz improvisation has spawned its own genre – a distinct rhythm and groove best recognised internationally for the timeless Yekermo Sew from the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers. Backed by his high-energy ensemble of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, 67 year-old band leader Astatke switches deftly between vibraphone, vintage keyboards, congas and timbales, laying down laid-back, joyous improvised grooves.