Debut album of Gili Yalo released on Dead Sea Recordings
November 24th, 2017
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10 tracks album of Gili Yalo features the previously released singles "Selam" and "Africa".
Gili Yalo combines Ethiopian roots music with a modern touch of jazz and soul.
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 (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 and Amharic. 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. In the course of this exhausting and emotional journey, the music encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving. Gili Yalo’s band is made up of five musicians, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and trumpet. An entrancing rhythmic motion is apparent when listening to Gili’s music, from the groove, beat and flow, and up to the lyrics, concept and style of the project. Today Gili Yalo’s music gives a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an
Gili Yalo’s debut album is a personal unveiling of the multiple elements of Gili’s musical journey, from his youth, until today.
Gili Yalo began writing the songs for his album two years ago coming from a strong desire to express himself and to send out a message to the world - that in order to guide yourself forward you have to carry your roots with you and remember where you came from. Gili Yalo aims to give his audience the opportunity to feel and experience the music as he does. Through this album Gili Yalo has managed to connect his personal history to his current life alongside renowned music producer Uri Brauner Kinrot (Boom Pam) and many talented local musicians who were brought together for this project. Through this album, Gili Yalo reveals a fresh perspective to Ethiopian culture by using his personal musical influences such as James Brown and Mulatu Astatke to blend the sounds of funk and soul with ethio-jazz music. The album, like Africa itself, is a rich patchwork of color and rhythm. The sound is influenced by 70s blues, soul, and funk music with Ethiopian music at the core of the project.
3. Sam Sam
5. Hot Shot
7. City life
10. New life
All songs produced and mixed by Uri Brauner Kinrot
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Management - MEM Artists // www.memartists.com
Booking - Dan Basman // +972528334315 // [email protected]
Executive Producer - Lily DG // +972548069377 // [email protected]
Dead Sea Recordings 2017
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