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Anbessa Dub - Zvuloon Dub

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Zvuloon Dub System

Hello, 
In these days we are fulfilling a dream: we are about to finish recording our new album, Anbessa Dub. 

It is quite a distinctive and special album, that blends Ethiopian music in Amharic and Tigrinya with reggae and dub. 
 
The album features the guest appearance of some amazing singers like Mahmoud Ahmed, Zemene Melesse and Yaakov Lilay, and we can't wait to publish it as soon as we can. 
 
The album is being produced completely independently, without the support of a record company or any other private company, and we need your help to finish it's production and to publish it. This is why we created this project on "Head start" and we hope you will join us in our journey. 

Anbessa Dub

 

Anbessa Dub’ is an innovative project produced by Zvuloon Dub System that links the threads of diverse lands, languages and cultures to weave a novel original sound in the world of music.

The project is the realization of the band members’ ethos of "ONE WORLD, ONE LOVE, ONE MUSIC” accomplished by blending elements of Roots Reggae with scales, rhythms and languages of Ethiopian music. The word Anbessa translates to ‘lion’ in Ethiopian Amharic.

 

The Rastafarians that invented reggae saw Ethiopia as the Promised Land, and considered its Emperor Haile Selassie I to be the incarnation of God on Earth. Jamaican Rastafarians are descendants of slaves that were taken from Africa from the 17th century on. They see an analogy between the story of the Israelites and the one of the Africans that were enslaved and deported away from their motherland. The thousands of reggae songs that were written in the last 60 years are a crystallization of the intention of the Rastafarians’ longing for the day of their return to their motherland Africa as a free people. Ethiopia in particular represents the grounds upon which African struggle and resistance against European colonization unfolded.

Rastafarians were therefore very deeply influenced by the idea of the Ethiopian myth and from the figure of Haile Selassie; nevertheless, their actual knowledge of Ethiopian customs, music and languages was limited in scope.

 

The new Zvuloon Dub System project blends roots reggae within the context of the unique vibration of Ethiopian culture. The project offers fresh versions of famous songs from the golden age of modern Ethiopian music together with original songs written by the members of the band. The project features several artists from the ‘Beta Israel’ community (the Jewish Ethiopian community that immigrated to Israel during the 80’s and the 90’s) playing the music they grew up with, in their mother tongue. The collaboration of these artists with the members of Zvuloon Dub System creates a new style of music which is neither “Ethiopian music” nor “Jamaican Roots Reggae”, but rather a new sonic manifestation that crosses borders and cultural boundaries. The aural signature of the group is an elegant synthesis of the pentatonic scales typical of Ethiopian music with the characteristic drum and bass heavy sounds of reggae dub rounded out by jazzy free-form lines of the brass section filling the spaces. Electric guitars with sounds characteristic of funk and soul music are augmented by the traditional Ethiopian instruments and African drums. The lyrics of the songs talk about the longing and nostalgia for the forgotten and beloved land.

The band is about to release its second album entirely dedicated to this innovative union of Ethiopian music and Reggae. The album (which is slated to be released early in 2014) features songs in three different Ethiopian languages: Amharic, Tigrinya and Gurage.

Even before the release of the new album, the ‘Anbessa Dub’ project has aroused attention around the world. The album will be launched in the spring of 2014 with a release show in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. The album features collaboration with Mahmoud Ahmed, one of the biggest living Ethiopian artists.

In the summer the band will be performing in the USA (including the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival), and at the Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica (the biggest festival in Jamaica).

 

The lead singer of the band, Gili Yalo, was born in the Gondar region of Ethiopia in 1979. In 1984 Gili’s family began an arduous journey on foot towards the land of Israel. After staying in a refugee camp in Sudan for several months, the family finally immigrated to Israel. Gili was raised in Safed and Ramla. “My mother says that during the journey from Ethiopia to Israel, while sitting on my father’s shoulders, I was singing songs in Amharic. That was the time when my mother felt that I was destined to become a singer, and I haven’t stopped singing ever since”. In his youth, Gili sang with ‘Pirkhey Yerushalaim’ band, and has sang in several bands since then, mainly in English. Gili has been a member of Zvuloon Dub System since 2010. Via collaboration with the other members of the band, Gili has been exposed once again to the Amharic music he heard in his childhood in Ethiopia, bringing him full-circle to his roots, culture and mother tongue.

 

Zvuloon Dub System is an 8 piece band consisting of the cream of Israeli underground musicians.

Adopting their name from one of the twelve tribes of Israel, the band was formed in 2006 by the Smilan brothers.

They share the same deep passion for roots reggae and dub along with influences from a variety of music styles-- Ethiopian jazz and rare grooves from the 70’s, the soul, funk and jazz from the US, as well as Israeli oriental music. In creative solidarity with some of the pivotal producers of reggae such as Lee Perry and King Tubby, the band is keen on creating not just their own music but their own sound. All their tracks are produced, recorded and mixed in the band's analog studio, representing a continuation of a rich cultural heritage. Their debut album “Freedom Time” released on April 2012 on vinyl, CD, and digital format by the band's independent labelMed.Tone Records.

 



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Zvuloon Dub System
Zvuloon Dub System, Israel's leading World-Reggae band, emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic. "Zvuloon Dub System demonstrates conclusively why they are Israel's top reggae band, proving great roots music today finds some of its finest expressions outside its Jamaican homeland. Touching on many of the major themes of conscious reggae with authentic rhythms and tasty lead vocals, Zvuloon deserves a wide international audience." Roger Steffens, Founding Chairman, Reggae Grammy Committee Zvuloon Dub System is an 8 piece band with some of the cream of Israeli underground musicians. Adopting their name from one of the twelve tribes of Israel, the band was formed in 2006 by the Smilan brothers. They shared the same passion for roots reggae and dub, with influences from a variety of music styles, like Ethiopian jazz and rare grooves from the 70’s, USA's soul, funk and jazz, alongside with Israeli mizrahi (oriental) music. Similarly to the major producers of reggae, like Lee Perry and King Tubby, the band is also keen on creating not just their own music but their own sound. All their tracks are produced, recorded and mixed in the band's studio, representing a unique blend of a rich cultural heritage, which can be heard in the debut album, "Freedom Time”. The critics are hailing Z.D.S debut album! "Freedom Time takes the listener back to the golden days of reggae in the 70's - if I had heard the album without knowing who it was, I would have thought that it was a rare Glen Brown production mixed at King Tubby's. The musicianship, singing, and production are all top notch. It's great to find new reggae that sounds so authentic yet so natural." Michael Goldwasser, Easy Star All Stars "This small miracle is happening now, with the appearance of "Freedom Time," the debut album of Zvuloon Dub System." Album review by Ben Shalev, Haaretz "Their sound is organic, fresh, and reminiscent of classic 70's roots-reggae, yet uniquely their own." The Reggae Review "…surprisingly good and mature sounding project" Reggae-Vibes.com The album consists of 9 previously unreleased original songs, and a groovy reggae version of Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix. It presents the band's vision of contemporary roots reggae and dub. The album released on April 2012 on CD and vinyl under the band's independent label, Med.Tone Records. the album includes a guest appearance from leading Jamaican DJ, Ranking Joe. While the album has a laid back and soulful vibe to it, the live performance presents the more energetic side of the band, with a special sound that developed during years of live performing. The band achieved great success in the reggae scene, but also amongst many music lovers from other genres. The band is planning to release a series of new songs featuring some of the top reggae artists such as Ranking Joe, Milton Blake and more, and an EP with an exciting fusion of Reggae and Ethiopian music from the golden age of the 70s. On stage, the band brings a fresh breath of vibes from around the world. With a powerful lead singer, groovy rhythm section and an eccentric brass section, Zvuloon Dub System creates a heavy Dub experience and gives a new meaning to the word reggae. The message of the band is peace, love, solidarity and equal rights to all, which, coming from such a controversial country, is spot on! The band backed some of the top reggae singers visiting Israel such as the lead singer of "Israel Vibration", Apple Gabriel and UK DJ Brother Culture. The band opened the stage for some international reggae singers such as Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Alpha Blondy and Groundation. In 2011 the band toured in Canada and Cyprus and played all around Israel including in the biggest local festivals. Gili Yalo (vocals), Inon Peretz (trumpet), Omri Abramov (tenor sax), Ilan Smilan (lead guitar), Simon Nahum (rhythm guitar) Lior Romano (keyboards) Tal Marcus (bass), Asaf Smilan (drums)
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