New Release: Ester Rada – ‘Ester Rada’

 

Stunning Ethiopian-Israeli singer Ester Rada has just released her debut self-titled album, and it hits! Blending elements of jazz, reggae, soul, and funk, along with influences from both Ethiopia and Israel, Ester has created a beautifully vibrant amalgam of sound.

Review: Ester Rada Debut at Slipper Room, NYC – 3/11

Ester Rada’s phenomenal acoustic performance at The Slipper Room was well received by a diverse New York crowd. Accompanied by guitarist Nadav Peled, Rada created an intimate connection with the audience. Her unsurpassed energy, powerful voice, engaging storytelling, and rhythmic moves kept the crowd attentive, grooving to the beat, and requesting encores. Rada’s performance focused on her first self-written EP, Life Happens, which features hits such as, “Could It Be “. Ester Rada is definitely one to look out for.

If you missed her in New York, you can still catch her at SXSW in Austin, Texas :

March 14th – Flamingo Cantina – 11:00 pm-11:40pm

March 16th – The Stage on Sixth Patio – 09:00 pm – 09:40 pm

NYC: US Debut Of Ester Rada at The Slipper Room, Tonight

Join us tonight at The Slipper Room to witness the Israeli-Ethiopian singer, Ester Rada, in a special intimate, acoustic showcase before she flies to SXSW. She has already turned heads with Life Happens, her self-written solo EP produced by Kutiman (Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico). With influences such as Jill Scott, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu, Rada brings a distinct voice to soul and we are thrilled to introduce her to New York.

Giant Step Presents Ester Rada Exclusive US Debut
Monday, March 11
Slipper Room – 167 Orchard St, New York, NY
Doors: 10:00 PM
$10 Advance tickets here
More info: giantstep.net/esterrada

Check out this live acoustic performance of “Could It Be“:

 

Exclusive Interview: Ester Rada Opens Up Before Her US Debut

 

Next week on March 11, we will be introducing folks in NYC to a major new talent from Israel named Ester Rada. In the meantime, we got some interesting bits on the unique artist in the interview below. Read up!

Giant Step: Your heritage is that of a very unique Ethiopian-Jewish people. How does this background and being raised in an Orthodox tradition affect who you are today?

Ester Rada: I was born in Israel, and my family raised me in a religious house and tradition, as this was what they were used to from Ethiopia. When my parents moved to Israel they were “put” in Kiryat Arba, a very religious city. We moved from there when I was 10 years old, due to the security issues there.

GS: Coming up in one of the rougher neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, what it was like growing up?

ER: I was actually growing up near Tel Aviv, in Netanya, and it was a big change for me. Coming from a more religious village, you can call it the country side, to a bigger city, was a big move for me. I also became secular and not as religious as we used to be. But this change was blessing, and I started to know what freedom is like. In the neighborhood I had good friends.

GS: Your sound evokes qualities similar to Erykah, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae. Are these intentional influences? Who would you say are your influences?

ER: I am influenced by a lot of artists. Of course the ones you named, and also religious Jewish music from my early days, as well as Ethiopian and Amharic music such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulat Astatke, Muluken Melesse, Israeli music, jazz and soul legends such as Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, and contemporary music such as Corrine Bailey Rae, Nneka, Keziah Jones, India Arie and more.

Read the rest of the interview & get show details after the jump