After decades of suppression during the Derg era, Ethiopia’s mesmeric jazz scene is making a comeback across Addis Ababa. The genre took off in the 1960s, when pioneers such as Mulatu Astatke merged the unique tonal palette and scales of Ethiopian folk with Western jazz principles and Latin rhythms. The result was Ethio-jazz. Once the heart of the city’s nightlife, only a handful of dedicated jazz venues remain. That said, its popularity is growing with the younger generation, so it’s easy to catch some live jazz on any given week. Try Metro at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Office Bar at the Sheraton Hotel and Fendika Azmari Bet, Kazanchis (most Mondays and alternate Fridays).
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