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LATITUDE 2016: Mulatu Astake

Venue: The Waterfront Stage
Reviewer: Nicole Evans


The last day is now upon us and it’s time for Latitude stages of all shapes and sizes to give us everything they’ve got to make the weekend a memorable one.

With bold comedy, theatre galore and the echoes of the music stages to tempt a weary audience away, it is an odd decision to place Mulatu Astake as first on the bill on The Waterfront Stage. A Latin-American-Ethiopian harmony of rhythm, the nine-piece and their equipment fill the lakeside space.

The sultry tones of the vast array of instruments on stage; with everything from grand piano to castanets, fuse together a little too well as one piece seems to crossfade into another and it’s hard to distinguish between them.

Staggering saxophone solos and what can only be described as Animal on Cello, along with simply sublime relationships between player and instrument all round rescues it enough to keep most of the crowd, although attentions do wander frequently.

This ethio-jazz infusion is far from unenjoyable, but would be more appropriately suited to a very trendy piano bar at 1am than the last morning at Latitude. Most definitely not a good cure for a hangover, unless, of course, you wish to sleep it off in the sun.


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