Ester Rada

Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli-born Ethiopian’s heritage.

Nominated for

  • Best Israeli Act

About the Artist

Ester Rada’s cross-cultural sound is a deep reflection of the Israeli-born Ethiopian’s heritage. Growing up in a highly religious Jewish family in one of the roughest neighbourhoods of Israel gave Rada the drive to fulfill her dream of creating music. Ester is currently finishing work on her debut album, after releasing her acclaimed first self-written and composed solo EP ‘Life Happens’ in 2013. Ester’s increasing popularity saw her tour the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She opened for Alicia Keys at her Israel concert, with Alicia herself saying, ‘She is amazing’. Her video ‘Life Happens’ is aired on MTV France, East Europe, and Israel, as well as on VH1 U.K.

With strong influences from early 20th-century soul-power women such as Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald, a vocal range like Aretha Franklin, and a great appreciation for contemporary divas like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Jill Scott, Rada is bringing a new voice to soul that is already spreading worldwide.

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