Wednesday’s World Music Challenge!

(Maybe the beginning of a new series…..we’ll see…)

This Wednesday: Mulatu Astatke, The Grandfather of Ethio-Jazz

The absolute Master. A sound not entirely like anything else you’ve ever heard.

The Challenge?

Don’t. Move.



Just try and listen to this and NOT move.

I’m pretty sure it’s impossible.

Even if by some strange chance you are able to keep your various limbs and digits from thumping, bumping or tapping, I am quite certain that the neurons in your Auditory Cortex will be having their own Massive Dance Party.

It’ll probably raise your heart-rate too….

So there you go. A (BIG!) little something to help you Groove and Boogie your way over (or past or through) Hump Day!


You know the drill.

Press play.

Go on about your day.

Monday’s Music Box: Yekermo Sew

Keeping with the theme from last week, and hinting at where we are going, a little more Afro-inspired jazz for you.

This time a contemporary group from Spain called Sinouj.

The piece is by Mulatu Astatke, the Grand-daddy of Ethio-Jazz.  An amazing piece in it’s own right, brilliantly played by these dudes.  I am falling in love with this band.

These guys are taking jazz where it needs to go.  Encompassing the world in sound.