Dereb The Ambassador album launch at Howler
Dereb Desalegn is well known on the streets of Addis Ababa as one of Ethiopia’s most respected singers with chart topping singles from an early age. Since moving to Australia he has taken the music world by storm with the self-titled project, ‘Dereb the Ambassador’ who deliver distinctive, vintage inspired ‘Ethio Soul’. If you haven’t heard them yet think afro-beat, think 60s-70s funk, think Ethiopian jazz, all wrapped in raw power!
‘Dereb the Ambassador’ released their self titled album in 2011 to a wave of critical acclaim both locally and internationally. Following on from this, Eshururu (Witness), released in 2016 on Paris DJs 'Electric Afroland' compilation, and their EP ‘Volume II' continued their reign as one of the most powerful new acts on the scene. The new album “Ethiopia” delivers more of the hard-hitting Ethiopian soul the band are renowned for, this time with more energy and intricacy. ’Ethiopia' will leave you no choice but to get up off your seat.
Dereb the Ambassador will launch their new album ‘Ethiopia’ in Melbourne on Saturday the 2nd of June at Howler in Brunswick. Dereb the Ambassador will be supported by Turkish fuelled Ethno-Electro band Bashka and DJ matutara.
Howler, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3065
Dereb the Ambassador Japan Tour August 2017
Born in Ethiopia, Dereb Desalegn (aka Dereb the Ambassador) grew up surrounded by a family of musicians, and from an early age was completely immersed in his home countrys richly unique melange of sounds, rhythms and musical styles. Now based in Sydney, Derebs musical career has gained considerable momentum over the past year with the release of an acclaimed debut album and several Australian performances at venues in Sydney and Melbourne as well as at larger festivals such as Womadelaide.He has also been garnering considerable interest abroad, and has more recently returned to Australia from a tour to Ethiopia and a festival performances in Korea and Japan.
As word about Dereb continues to spread, his mind-blowing vocal talents and addictive brand of Ethio-soul, enthrals a growing fan base of happily music-savvy folk who know there's more to life than three-chord guitar rock. Backed by a ridiculously tight seven-piece ensemble that boasts some of the hardest-working musicians on the Sydney scene, Dereb the Ambassador taps into territory hitherto uncharted on local stages, and in doing so breathes a kaleidoscope of texture into the possibilities for music in Australia.
His repertoire unites a classic jazz-fusion sounds of 60s-70s Ethiopia now becoming increasingly popular around the globe, as well as shoulder-shakingly rhythmical incarnations of traditional Ethiopian tunes, and of course a swagful of spicy, hypnotic originals.