THE 9TH HULLEGEB ISRAELI-ETHIOPIAN ARTS FESTIVAL
The outstanding Ethiopian vocalist Mahmoud Ahmed returns for his third performance in Jerusalem with guitarist Girum Mezmur and the legendary mandolin player Ayele Mamo. The project will feature an intimate acoustic performance in which Ahmed sings mainly ballads and moving Ethiopian folk songs from his huge repertoire. Mamo composed numerous hits in the 1950s and 60s and recorded a duo album with Ahmed in the early 1970s, which guitarist Girum Mezmur took as his main inspiration for this unplugged project.
Girum arranged an interesting mix of repertoire and a lineup of musicians from Ethiopia and Israel for an intimate musical adventure that highlights the unique and charismatic performance of Ahmed and Mamo. Together they recall memories with gentle renditions of the Ethiopian classics.
Mahmoud Ahmed, vocals; Ayele Mamo, mandolin; Henok Temesgen, bass; Elad Neeman, percussion; Abatte Barihun, soprano sax; Girum Mezmur, acoustic guitar, Musical director