By now you might have seen Music Yared playing to a packed and heaving crowd at Bar Oussou in Brunswick or Jambo in Footscray, and soon they'll be lighting up the front bar of The Post Office Hotel with some relaxed and fun Ethiojazz.
Music Yared features Haftu Reda, originally from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and Anbessa Gebrehiwot from Ethiopia and Eritrea. They sing and play the traditional instruments krar (5-string lyre) and masinko (single string violin). Joining them are Melbourne multi-instrumentalists Evelyn Morris on Drumkit and Dale Gorfinkel on percussion, bass sounds and balafon (xylophone).
Since performing as a trio at Hobart’s Mona Foma Festival in 2016, the band has welcomed the addition of Anbessa, a musician with a powerful voice and breadth of experience. With a focus on Haftu and Anbessa’s East African cultural heritage, Music Yared also embraces new sonic territories with a beautiful modesty, camaraderie and a deep groove.