"Gili Yalo’s love of singing came about through hardship. As a five-year-old, he escaped the Ethiopian famine on foot. Music made the journey more bearable. Eventually settling in Tel Aviv, Yalo surrounded himself with funk, soul and dub. On this debut album, all those sounds come together with a large helping of Ethiopian groove."
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 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 a 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 six 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 give a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an advanced music production represents his own personal triumph.