Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopians heritage. Growing up in a highly religious Jewish family in more than modest conditions in Israel, gave Rada the drive to change her way of life and fulfill her dream of creating music Critics describe her genre mixing sound as "gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, funk, soul and r&b, with mixed undertones of black grooves" Ester is currently finishing work on her debut album, after releasing her acclaimed first self-written and composed solo EP called "Life Happens" produced by Israeli producers Kuti (Kutiman/Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico), at the beginning of 2013 Shortly after releasing her EP the world discovered the potential of singer, songwriter, performer, and persona Ester Rada. Ester increasing popularity saw her tour the Us, Canada, and Europe Include the Glastonbury Festival.
She warmed up for Alicia Keys at her Israel concert, in front of 8500 people, receiving amazing critics from Alicia herself saying, "She is amazing". Her video "Life Happens" is aired these days on MTV France, East Europe, and Israel, as well as on Vh1 Uk.
Recently we signed an agreement with the Europeans distribution company - Harmonia Mundi. The album "Ester Rada" is going to be distributed throughout Europe from May 2015.
In addition, in a month a new EP "I wish" of Ester Sings Nina Simone is going to be published, an album produced independently.
With strong influences from early 20th century soul power women such as Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin; as well as a great appreciation for more contemporary black diva’s like Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Jill Scott; Rada is bringing a new voice to soul that is already spreading worldwide. Music critics are hailing her songwriting, performance, and release, and more great things are about to come.
In the beginning of 2013 Ester Rada released an EP entitled Life Happens with four of her songs. The album was positively received by critics, who describe her music as "cross-cultural sound that is a deep reflection of the Israeli born Ethiopian's heritage" and "graceful composition of Ethio-Jazz, funk, soul and r&b, with mixed undertones of black grooves".
Guitar: Ben Hoze -- Drums: Dan Mayo -- Bass: Michael Guy -- Keyboard: Lior Romano Saxophone and flute: Gal Dahan --- Trumpet: Inon Peretz - Trombone: Maayan Milo
"Life Happens" won video of the year 2013 in Israel
Nominated for MTV EMA awards for Best Israeli Act
Won Breakout Artist, Best Album, Best Single, Most Played Song in Radio 2013 in all major competitions