THE 9TH HULLEGEB ISRAELI-ETHIOPIAN ARTS FESTIVAL
Hawan (“a new beginning”) is the name of a new performance by vocalist Wagderass Avi Vese and bass player-producer Yankele Segal—both formerly with the Idan Raichel Project, presenting the contemporary musical world of Ethiopian youth. The performance will include current Ethiopian popular music as well as original songs by Vese, currently being consolidated into a new album. In addition, arrangements of songs that have become the cultural foundations of Ethiopian music, by influential and beloved vocalists including Mahmoud Ahmed and his contemporaries from the 1970s—Getatchew Kassah, Tsegaye Eshetu, Neway Debebe and from the new generation, Teddy Afro, the most famous Ethiopian musician today. The contemporary arrangements of these songs preserve the contagious, danceable groove and the sensual and moving melodies.
Wagderass Avi Vese, vocals; Yankele Segal, bass, musical production; Eden Nir, guitar; Yuval Lev Ari, keyboard; Tal Sagron, drums