On 9 September 2016 Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethio-Jazz, gave a 98 minute long concert in the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of The Metropolitan Museum, New York. The performance opened that year's MetLiveArts season and was Mulatu's first show in New York for ten years.
The entire show was videoed and can be viewed on The Met website.
Mulatu, and his backing musicians, played the following setlist:
72 year old Mulatu played vibraphone, and later in the concert his Rhodes organ and conga drums. The backing musicians, who he had only met a few days before, were:
- Intro (Tsome Digua)
- Yakermew Sew
- Green Africa > Azmari > Chic Chica
- Way to Nice
- Yegalle Tizetta
- Adam O'Farrill (trumpet)
- James Arben (saxophone / flute)
- Jason Lindner (keyboards)
- Tal Massiah (bass)
- Daniel Freedman (drums)