What an awesome, funky, and ethnically charged album this is. This album is what celebrating life sounds like. I love the bass and drum work on this album; this entire ensemble has excellent execution and musicianship.
Cradle Of Humanity features Mulatu Astatke, the Father Of Ethiojazz, in collaboration with Australian musical collective Black Jesus Experience.
Cradle Of Humanity is the funkified product of seven years of performances together around the world, brought to fruition in studios in Melbourne, Australia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Koln, Germany and London, UK.
A meditation on the origins of humanity, rhythm and culture, this album combines the mystic tonalities of Ethiopia’s ancient and unique scales with deep grooves and the freedom principle.
Cradle Of Humanity’s suite of songs includes re-interpretations of the Mulatu gems Sabye, Netsanet, and Yekatit, and the Ethio classic Wubit. The inspirations for Mulatu’s original works, love, freedom, revolution and culture, are recast and reinterpreted by Amharic songstress Enushu Taye, lyrical giant Liam ‘Mr Monk’ Monkhouse and genius stream of consciousness freestyler Tibor Bacskai, honed through mentorship and discussion with Mulatu while touring (Australia, Africa, UK, Europe, Oceania, including Glastonbury, Big Chill, WOMAD, Bushfire, United Nations etc….). The album’s new compositions, by one of Australia’s finest jazz composers Peter Harper muse upon the liberation of selflessness on Until, letting go on We Pray and socialist anthem It’s Time.
Cradle Of Humanity features Mulatu’s vibes playing at its most expansive, and his signature approach to African percussion. Australian music legend Bob Sedergreen adds his hard funking magic on keyboards, whipped by the driving horns of Peter Harper on sax and Ian Dixon on flugelhorn. All stirred into a grooving ‘wot’ by Matt Head on kit, Chris Frangou bass and Zac Lister guitar with Nui Moon and Malamine Sonko percussion and special guests toaster Jornick Joelick and masinko virtuoso Asrat.
Cradle Of Humanity is the joyous fruit of a seven year journey of love, joy and artistic dedication.
released May 27, 2016
Mulatu Astatke: Vibraphone, Congas, Cascara, Shakers.
Bob Sedergreen: Electric Piano.
Enushu Taye: Vocal.
Liam 'Monk' Monkhouse: MC.
Jornick Joelick: Vocal.
Peter Harper: Tenor Saxophone.
Ian Dixon: Flugelhorn
Zac Lister: Guitar.
Chris Frangou: Bass.
Matt Head: Drumkit.
Lamine Sonko: Bongos, Talking Drum, Shakers.
Nui Moon: Bongos, Agogo Bells, Cabasa.
Niko Schauble at Pughouse Studio, Melbourne, Australia.
Myles Mumford at Bakehouse Studio, Melbourne, Australia.
Abegasu Shiota at Langano Studio, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ian Dixon, Zac Lister and Chris Frangou, TPT Mobile Studio (at the Horn), Melbourne, Australia.
Mixed by Jono Podmore at HMIT Tonstudio, Koln, Germany, and at home, London, UK.
Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at Soundmasters, London, UK.
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Without doubt one of the most exciting bands currently playing in the UK. Saw them live at the Southbank and they were amazing - you could see and hear the utter delicacy of their improvisational approach; it nearly fell apart once or twice but they kept the jam going with supreme skill. It's that ability to sit on the knife-edge in front of 200-odd people, that really sets them apart. And Dawn Lit Metropolis isn't so much a song title as a gospel. The T-shirt is fantastic too. albo