The next proper connection was made when I guested on the Hotpot Radio show with my pal, the venerable Trevor Whatevea, and his co-pilot Mnsr Scruff in Manchester in Scruff had the Worthy Records, 'Mulatu Of Ethiopia' album surprise, surprise…he has just about everything and played a track, on one of the several shows they were recording that day.
A fruitless and frustrating search for the vinyl in the record shops of Manchester, Birmingham and London followed, before I discovered it in the unlikeliest of locales on my way back to NZ at the house mecca, Dancetracks in the glorious old L. I'm pretty sure it's the re-issue, but even they were scarce on the ground then.
One of only a fistful of doof-free discs in that entire legendary shop, I was made up, and naturally it lit a fire underneath my proverbial record searching ass - for Mulatu and more music and knowledge about Ethiopia, which continues to this day. I had tried to make contact for an interview with Mulatu a few years ago, and put my hand up when the Heliocentrics album dropped even though I was initially a tad disappointed by that one, possibly down to unreachable expectations of that pairing but this time the circuits connected, and a time and date was set.
Talking to Mulatu ranked up there. With a monstrous delay, and sufficient crackle to make the next Burial album, as an obstacle to free conversation, plus enough failed connections to require a bionic dialing finger, the Ethiopian telephone service did its' level best to not let this happen.
We both persevered and got very frustrated by that along the way, but there was actually a lot more salvageable dialogue than I first thought. Below is the un-edited conversation, his words are exactly as he said 'em, and I understood 'em, only minus a couple of bits that were impossible to decipher above the tele-noise. There may well be a part 2 to this, and soon, but for the meantime read on. I began by thanking him for his music, like the groveling fanboy I truly am.
Indeed I have and I think it may be the one to introduce a lot more people to your music. I think I may have struck a nerve here by not simply bigging up the recent releases, not an ideal start, he sounded kind of understandably potentially grumpy at this point. Why is Ethiojazz, and in fact most Ethio music, so different to other African forms, is it just the isolation? Why its different, why we are different to most is we have one mode which is called Anche Hoye, which is not found in any other part of the world at all.
And also we use five tones to compose our music, five tone scales. My feel is Ethiopian mode, Ethiopian scales. We use more electronic now, I use a lot of acoustic before, but it sounded really nice. When I do the Heliocentrics now we are really very much together. I write so it could suit the Heliocentrics. Is your project adapting traditional, pentatonic Ethiopian instruments to play the twelve tone scale ongoing?
It was on the television and the people loved it and it was really great. And also there is one very interesting thing, actually its going to come out on my new CD Mulatu Steps Ahead. I'm going to London next week, to complete my new CD you know. You see there is this tribe in the south of Ethiopia we call them Dirashe. This tribe they play a diminished scale, my friend. What I did was I bought them up to the city, to Addis, and I filled it with jazz and made a beautiful programme on television.
Very interesting opera , written when I was at Harvard. Its about the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the whole story is about a conducting stick. We used to conduct music in AD, it's centuries ago, when there was no symphony orchestra in the world.
So the whole idea is Ethiopian contribution to the development of the whole of music. So I used this stick, I took about forty or fifty minutes from the part where we used the conducting stick, with violins and cellos and everything, and the choirs as well, and that has been conducted with that stick which makes it so interesting.
There was more here, but the Ethio telco was doing me no favours, I understand there is also an electronic component to the opera, and he has already presented a portion of it at Harvard. You know about them? As seen above the churches in the sacred city of Lalibela are literally hewn from the rock, rather than rock being broken down for construction, the rock is removed to reveal the structure. This is some architecturally awesome, devotional digging and stonemasonry on a stupefying level.
A little, with buildings made entirely of stone the acoustics would be unlike anywhere else it would be incredible? The architects of the conducting. Saint Yared's foot stabbing incident hit the Yared link below for the scoop on that! When we studied jazz at Berkeley, they were telling us how Charlie Parker created the diminished key to create modern jazz, and the great composers Debussy, Bach and all this, been using a diminished scale for composing you know. So what is really very interesting is this tribe have been there for centuries and centuries, so what I wanted to know is, is it Charlie Parker?
Creating the diminished scale, so that is one thing I am working on in the future, answering that. And then the line went dead, time was well past done, boohoo sob sob. I hope I haven't taken liberties in writing this up, the line was wack and the connection was weak, the delay was insufferable.. The name of the tribe he refers to, and the YouTube clips are of, is an informed guess, as I cannot find a direct reference to them and their diminished chords online.
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A work experience stint there quickly turned into a Saturday job at Rhythm, where Roony met manager Sparky - his Risky Roadz cofounder - and MCs like Wiley selling early pressings through the store. Roony and Sparky came up with the idea of filming the new scene for RR when they realised there were still certain MCs that — visually — remained a mystery.
And you'd seen a few faces, but not all. And Risky Roadz was something else. In a pre smartphone and social media world, real life connections and a genuine network were essential for finding MCs to film, and in those days — also pre Spotify — record stores were a hub of musical, creative activity. It was one of the first places that MCs started making any money - they'd just come in and sell their stuff.
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It could have gone either way. If I'd not been there to do filming, it could have gone a lot different. The low-tech nature of the mid Noughties not only effected the way Roony and Sparky had to set up and conduct shoots, but it also had an impact on the other end of the process. News of the new films travelled word of mouth, rather than though a formal distribution network, and sharing came from real-life connections rather than clicks. First the boys sold their DVDs at Rhythm Division, then other record stores got interested and would get in touch to get copies themselves.
For fans too, the format meant getting out in the real world. We would take it in turns on who had to buy the new dvd, so he owns half of them and I own the other half. Usually they would film it in their manor. Then once we sorted that out it took 48 hours to render, it was absolute madness, it failed so many times.
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