PLEASE NOTE: Mulatu Astatke will be on at 8pm and Criolo will be on at 10pm.
2 for the Road Productions proudly present Mulatu Astatke.
Mulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, percussion), composer, and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk. Born in 1943, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. He went on to work with Duke Ellington and other acclaimed jazz artists, found a music school, and open his own club. Astatke’s work shepherded in a golden age in Ethiopia's pop and jazz circles from 1968 to 1974.
In 2004, he began collaborating with Either/Orchestra, and in 2009, he released an album with the London-based collective the Heliocentrics. Since 2010, Mulatu and his band have toured regularly behind Mulatu Steps Ahead, his latest release on Strut Records.
Mulatu's music crosses borders, The ‘Ethiopiques’ CD series has opened a new audience to his ‘Ethio-jazz’ experiments, but it wasn’t until Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Broken Flowers’ film featuring his music heavily that momentum started to gather and a young generation of urban artists started sampling his music. The greatest example being Nas & Damian Marley's sample of 'Yegelle Tezeta'
Here joined by a cast of very special guests, Mulatu is making his long awaited London return, playing old favorites as well as tracks from his new EP to be released this autumn. Don't miss this opportunity to see the father of Ethio-Jazz live in London.
Support comes from Brazil’s hottest export of the year - the São Paulo rapper, composer and urban poet Criolo who makes a welcome return to London following his appearance at the Barbican’s Gilberto Gil hosted Back to Black Festival in the summer.
One of five brothers and sisters born to migrants from the North East of Brazil and the commercial hub of São Paulo, Kleber Gomes a.k.a. Criolo was born in the 'Favela das Imbuias', one of the many shanty towns that span the city. Aged 11, Rap music was Criolo’s first love however, in the 25 years that followed his style and expression matured and developed, drawing ever more influence from the worlds of Samba, Afrobeat and Reggae.
Through his music Criolo brings a message of hope for the youth of Brazil, exploring stories of poverty, police violence and social discrimination.
'Possibly the most important figure on the Brazilian pop scene.' Caetano Veloso
A’ mindblowing album with far too many hooks and ideas to drift into obscurity. This really feels like the start of something special, possibly a point where the multiple cultures, religions, traditions and people of Sao Paulo find an album that represents them as a whole. Sounds and Colours on Criolo’s Nó Na Orelha.
Part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC 3.
Early gig offers - enjoy a drink on our roof terrace before the support band
Becks Vier 440ml
Bulmers Cider 440ml
House Wine 175ml
Vodka & Mix (excl. Redbull)
From 7-8pm Sunday to Thursday and from 5:30-9:30pm* Fridays (ticket holders only).
*if an early show is booked on a Friday the offer runs 7-8pm only.
Curfew is 11pm.
Tickets for this event are available from the venue box office, and can be purchased at face value if payment is made in cash. Please note promoters may increase ticket price if purchased on the night.