Known to his fans as Tuku, he was a cultural icon. His aura and presence had a global resonance with fans around the world, yet the man remained humble and magnanimous.
By 1958 Mulatu was the first African student to enroll at what would soon become the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He never migrated abroad as many Ethiopian musicians did in the difficult years of Mengistu’s rule.
A podcast has suggested that the latest urge to buy up African vinyl and to compile generically and geographically determined compilations is yet one more (white) western scramble for Africa.
Nyege is more than just a bohemian, Glastonbury-like weekend of music and debauchery (which it was)