(photo credit: Adi Harari)
The Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Arts Festival began last Thursday with a most
exciting premier of Mahmoud Ahmed, the greatest living Ethiopian vocalist,
accompanied by an ensemble of Israeli musicians led by saxophonist and vocalist
Abate Berihun. On Saturday the Reggae combo Zebulon Dub System arranged
Ethiopian songs in the spirit of reggae and the Dub. On Sunday singer-songwriter
Ayala Ingedashet presented her new performance, A New Road, featuring her free
and uncompromising musical path.
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Today, Ester Rada, one of the important
discoveries on Israel’s current music scene, will pay tribute to the musical
legacy of Nina Simone, “the high-priestess of soul music”. On Tuesday, The
Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Theater, will premier its new production, Tsufit
Pikado, a wild, nonsensical comedy. The festival will be closed on Wednesday
with a celebreation of the 20th anniversary of Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba
Choir with new arrangements and many guests.