Addis Ababa and Kingston, the legendary capitals, always had special connections between them. Through his emperor, Hailé Sélassié, Ethiopia has for a long time represented an idealized vision of the jamaïcan’s african roots, particularly for the rastasfarians which see in the “neguss” the direct descendant of Salomon. Many caribbean will even move to Addid Ababa and Shashemene since 1950 in order to join this mythical and biblical land. Musically talking, this playlist could illustrate the meeting of those two strong musical identities. Unfortunately Prince Jammy has never produced Mulatu, but today… afro and ethio-jazz are inna dubby style !
Gibson Kente – Saduva
Skeletons – Mulatu
Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – Kingston Abeba
Blundetto – la Carretilla
Woima Collective – No Way But Still Walking
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Ethio (feat. Michael Leonhart)