11 songs that sample from the golden age of Ethiopian jazz featuring Mulatu Astatke, Nas, K'naan, Madlib, Jay Z and more.
It’s 2000 something. I’m holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon’s suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine dudes jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.