In 2009, Mulatu Astatke paired up with The Heliocentrics to record the album Inspiration Information, part of Strut’s Inspiration Information studio collaboration series. The album was chiefly recorded at Quatermass studios in East London. Alongside Mulatu Astatke, London-based Ethiopian musicians including Dawit Gebreab, Yezina Nagash, Mesafnit Nagash and Temesgen Taraken guested on several tracks, contributing to a traditional sound using instruments like the krar (a six-stringed, five tone instrument), washint (a flute traditionally made from bamboo) and Begena (a ten string instrument dating back to the 15th century, sometimes referred to as “David’s Harp”). Astatke is also active in the Wallias Band.
Edited by Bastard1 on 21 Aug 2011, 00:11
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