Gili Yalo is one of the most intriguing new musicians in the present music scene. From his base in Tel aviv, Gili is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, psychedelic and jazz music. Yalo, who has collaborated with top producers Beno Hendler (Balkan Beat Box) and Uri Kinrot (Boom Pam), incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a contemporary production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both Amharic and English. The music made by Gili Yalo embodies his own personal story, which inspired the rhythm and flow of the whole project.
As a young boy, he was part of the Ethiopian Jewish community evacuated from Sudan during a devastating famine, pushed into making a dangerous journey to Israel. Together with his family, he walked through the desert 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 his songs, from the groove, beat and flow, and up to the lyrics, concept and style of the project. Today Gili's compositions gives a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an advanced music production represents his own personal triumph. Gili Yalo has just released his debut album, which received worldwide attention and a great reviews. His concerts are always full of energy and fun.
Gili Yalo - vocals
Amir Sadot - bass
Ben Aylon – percussion , drums
Yonatan Albalek - electric guitar
Sefi Zisling - trumpet
Noam Havkin - keyboard