Ester Rada was born in Israel to Ethiopian parents, and her cross-cultural sound reflects that dual heritage. Her band’s instrumentation and arrangements reflect Israeli music, the influence of Ethiopian jazz, a strong funk drive — and a multicultural sensibility. Listen to her powerful, confident vocals and solid grooves, and it’s also easy to trace Ester’s influences to divas of classic and contemporary soul and R&B: Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Eryka Badu, Jill Scott. Members of the band come from Yemen, Poland, Morocco, Iraq, and Israel. Ester says, “The mix of all these cultures has a great impact on the music” (BBC).

Friday, Sept. 25

Pictura / Old National Bank Tent on 6th Street, 9-10:15pm

Saturday, Sept. 26

Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 10:45pm-12am

Presented in partnership with the Lou and Sybil Mervis Chair of Jewish Culture and the Arts, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies ProgramIU African Studies and Women of Lotus

Ester Rada – Life Happens