WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sponsored by Deborah and Michael Salzberg
Sunday, May 128:00 PM Pearl Street Warehouse
“The whole thing has a strut to its step. With Yalo singing in both Amharic and English, his band cook up a whole range of retro flavours, from golden-age Ethiopian horns and old-school synths to the classic R&B rhythm-section sound. It doesn’t turn into a heard-it-all-before fusion either … [listen] and you will feel like the coolest person alive. After Gili Yalo, of course.” —Songlines Magazine
From his base in Tel Aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career with a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, psychedelic, and jazz music.
Gili Yalo—who has collaborated with top music producers Beno Hendler (Balkan Beat Box) and Uri Brauner Kinrot (Boom Pam)—incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a contemporary music production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English, Amharic,and Hebrew.
The music made by Gili Yalo embodies his own personal story, which inspired the rhythm and flow of the whole project. And what a story he has to tell: Operation Moses was the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984. These Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugee camps in Sudan. Together with his family, Gili Yalo made this perilous trip, walked through the desert towards the “Promised Land” and sang to his beloved ones.
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Co-presented by Ethiopian Heritage and Culture Camp
Gili Yalo is one of the most intriguing new musicians in the music scene in Israel. From his base in Tel aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with Soul, Funk, Psychedelic and Jazz music. Gili Yalo, who has collaborated with top music producers Beno Hendler and Uri Kinrot (Boom Pam), incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a contemporary music production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic.
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This event finished on May 13, 2019.