Music

Israeli Riddim

Comments (0)
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

When Tel-Aviv’s Zvuloon Dub System visits the Valley this weekend in support of their new album Anbessa Dub, they’ll be bringing not just nine bandmembers and their respective instruments, but the cultural influences of Israel, Ethiopia, and Jamaica as well. “It’s a natural mix,” says drummer Asaf Smilan. “We started out in 2006, playing roots reggae, all very ’70s ... Then Gili Yalo joined as the singer in 2009. He’s from Ethiopia. And once he came, everything changed.”

As a four-year-old, Yalo walked with his family across the dessert from Ethiopia to Sudan, then spent two months in a refugee camp before finally leaving in a truck and getting an airplane flight the rest of the way to his family’s ancestral Jewish homeland. “My father carried me on his shoulders most of the way, and I drove everyone crazy singing old songs that I knew,” Yalo explains. “My mother felt that singing was my true calling—and I haven’t stopped ever since.”

 

June 11, 8:30 p.m., Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton, (413) 586-8686, iheg.com.

 

Comment:

Name:

Password:

New User/Guest?

Find it Here:
keyword:
search type:
search in:

« Previous   |   Next »
Print Email RSS feed

Nightcrawler: Koker and A Smile
The Valley celebrates “rising” artists; Danny “The Count” Koker kicks off the Big E concert series with a classic rock revival.
CD Shorts: The Dustbowl Revival
Eight Minutes of Fame
Open mic at Luthier’s Co-Op in Easthampton lets voices be heard
Nightcrawler: Signature Event
Signature Sounds celebrates two decades of sonic excellence; hip injury forces ZZ Top to bow out of Big E
CD Shorts: Tweedy
Nightcrawler: Counting the Days
Danny “The Count” Koker trades classic cars for classic rock covers at Big E; Stone Coyotes celebrate 13th studio effort.
CD Shorts: Amy McCarley, Daphne Lee Martin
Nightcrawler: All’s Fair
Amy Fairchild plays the name game; fair-weather friends at Mountain Park; Aaron Lewis’ “fairways and friends.”