Hackney Colliery Band share new track featuring father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke

Hackney Colliery Band

Ahead of the release of their new album ‘Collaborations: Volume One’, Hackney Colliery Band has shared ‘Netsanet’, the first track taken from the album, and featuring the father of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke.

A deep exploration of Mulatu’s pioneering Ethio-jazz, ‘Netsanet’ is a hypnotic east African groove, with deep jazz breaks and choppy riffs, and features Mulatu’s trademark vibraphone set against a backdrop of blazing horns. The track is the collective’s first new material since the critically acclaimed 2016 album ‘Sharpener’.

“Mulatu has been an enormous influence on our sound from day one, and it was a huge privilege working with him in the studio. He has such a creative, unique approach, and having worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to being sampled by Kanye West, he is an incredible bridge from the vintage swing era to the future of the music”, says bandleader Steve Pretty.

Packed with all kinds of Ethio-jazz goodness ‘Netsanet’ is one of those tracks that you’ll have on repeat again and again.

With a debut LP on the way, we can’t wait to hear what else the East London collective has in store for us next.


Tour dates:

5th May – Birmingham – Swingamajig Festival
31st May – London – Ronnie Scott’s
17th-19th May – Brighton – Funk Soul Weekender
13th June – Bristol – Fleece
14th June – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
15th June – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
22nd June – Manchester – Gorilla
23rd June – Nocturne Blenheim – supporting Kylie
6th July – Swansea – Love Trails Festival
23rd August – Alcester – Camper Calling Festival


Collaborations: Volume One is out on 07/06 via Veki Records. Pre-order here.


CF Smith

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