01 April 2009 @ Lido, Berlin | Doors 21:00, Stage-time 22:00 / VVK: 20 €
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics (from the drummer sampled by Madlib & Yesterdays New Quintet & the band that backed DJ Shadow) | DJ support – Jazzanova
Mulatu Astake and the Heliocentrics
Good luck trying to categorize their music. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective’s objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that’s where you might find The Heliocentrics.
Mulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in 1943 in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. He would later combine his jazz and Latin music influences with traditional Ethiopian music.
the heliocentrics@cargo in london,april 2008
“Malcolm Catto’s band turns traditional funk on its head with his syncopated drums tying up ’60s psychedelia and free jazz into chaos-on-the-one.” – URB Magazine
Mulatu Astatke / The Heliocentrics Interview
Mulatu Astatke – Yekermo Sew