Amharic, Hebrew and English sounds on one stage in Toronto .The Ethiopian-Israeli singer/song writer Aveva Dese staged her concert in Toronto.
A rising star in Israel’s music industry, Aveva stunned the full house crowd at the Toronto’s Lula Lounge
during the first concert of her Canadian tour. Shifting between Amharic, English and Hebrew, Aveva and her band filled the lounge with musical energy.The Afro soul sensation Aveva Dese moved the crowd playing Ethiopian Tilahun Gessese’s “Min Taregiwalesh” and Teddy Afro’s “Abebayehosh ”
In an exclusive back stage interview with ethiofidel.com, Dese said playing Ethiopian songs helped her re connect to her cultural roots in Ethiopia. “ I travelled to Ethiopia for two weeks and fall in love “says Aveva . She formed her band in 2013 who since then been travelling around to perform.
Aveva’s parents went to Sudan fleeing persecution in Ethiopia and later in 1991 were airlifted o Israel as part of the operation to take thousands of Ethiopian jews. Aveva was born four years after her parents arrived in Israel. Now, through her songs, she reflect on her parents experience and the present day racism .
The Canadian Premier of Aveva Dese’s concert was presented by Ashkenaz Festival in association with Small World Music Society and Batuki Music Society as well as sponsored by Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, Size Doesn’t Matter, and the Consulate General of Israel.
Before the Afro soul star Aveva came on stage , The Daniel Barnes/Girma Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet played classic Ethiopian jazz including Daniel Barnes’s new music “Addis on Danforth”- a tribute to all Ethiopian restaurants in Toronto.