Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
22 January Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent $49 + BF 75 mins
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  • 22 January at 8.30pm
  • General Admission: $49 + booking fee
Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
The father of Ethio-jazz with exuberant Melbourne eight-piece Black Jesus Experience.

Over a career spanning five decades, Astatke’s blend of African and western-inspired jazz improvisation has spawned its own genre – a distinct rhythm and groove best recognised internationally for the timeless Yekermo Sew from the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers.

Backed by his high-energy ensemble of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, 74-year-old band leader Astatke switches deftly between vibraphone, vintage keyboards, congas and timbales, laying down laid-back, joyous improvised grooves.

“A welcome balm for the ears and soul…a seductive invitation into Astatke's unique sound world” – Sydney Morning Herald

“A spirited and entrancing set…shifting fluidly between intricate, sinuous melodies and airy, atmospheric grooves” Jazz Times
Important Info

Performance contains haze and strobe effects.

Licensed venue: under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Cast and Credits
Image: Francesco Vicenzi
22 January
$49 + BF
75 mins
★★★★★ “An exuberant blend of the best in African and western-themed improvisation… Insistently riffy, bitter-sweet anthems”
The Guardian

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