Mulatu Astatke collaborates with Black Jesus Experience on new LP, To Know Without Knowing





A new release from the godfather of Ethio-jazz.

Ethio-jazz musician Mulatu Astatke is releasing a new collaborative album with eight-piece outfit Black Jesus Experience, called To Know Without Knowing, via Agogo Records this July.

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Recorded between Addis Ababa and Melbourne, To Know Without Knowing melds Astatke’s improvisational work with Black Jesus Experience’s funk and jazz influences.

The album’s 9-tracks combine original compositions alongside reworkings of classic and traditional instrumentals such as ‘Kulun Mankwaleshi’ – an arrangement of an Ethiopian wedding song in the anchi-hoye scale.

To Know Without Knowing marks Astatke and Black Jesus Experience’s second album together, following the release of Cradle With Humanity in 2016.

Head here to pre-order a copy of To Know Without Knowing in advance of its 3rd July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.


1. Mulatu
2. Ambassa Lemdi
3. Kulun Mankwaleshi
4. Living On Stolen Land
5. To Know Without Knowing
6. Lijay
7. Blue Light
8. Mascaram Setaba
9. A Chance To Give