Gili Yalo
Gili Yalo by Michael Topyol
Gili Yalo by Michael Topyol
  • country:Israel
  • style(s):Funk, Afro-Soul
  • label:Dead Sea Recordings
  • type:Band, Big Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, percussion, brass, jazz combo, guitar
  • artist posted by:MEM / Dead Sea Recordings


Gili Yalo is one of the most intriguing new musicians in the music scene in Israel. From his base in Tel Aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with Soul, Funk, Psychedelic and Jazz music.

Gili 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 music production. The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili Yalo's unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic. The music embodies his own personal story, which inspired the rhythm and flow of the whole project. And what a story he has to tell: Operation Moses was the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984. These Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugee camps in Sudan. Together with his family, Gili Yalo made this perilous trip, walked through the desert towards the “Promised Land” 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.

Today, Gili Yalo's music gives a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an advanced music production represents his own personal triumph.