Music, Video & Entertainment

Ethiopian jazz vs Cirque du Soleil

Our Good German friends at .Seen turned us onto Mulatu Astatke, an Ethiopian jazz musician most recently sampled by Damian Marley and Nas – a case of the original remaining far more compelling than the tune sampling it. Astatke’s work is easy to find for download but first try this: his tune My Gubel as the soundtrack to some weird circus party:

Go to. Seen to read/listen more HERE
The Economist on Ethiopia’s jazz revival HERE

Art & Design

Rasta at the Smithsonian?


It’s still worth reminding that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is doing a rather large exhibit called “Discovering Rastafari!”.

Although we’re not quite sure why the exhibit is located in the same space where they keep the insects and gems (it’s the Museum of Natural History remember?), but perhaps it will help to confuse dutty Babylon who might try to shut it down if they know where it’s keeping.


Read more HERE

“Discovering Rastafari!” runs through Nov. 8 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington; (202) 633-1000