[Music In Exile]
Music Yared features Haftu Reda, originally from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and Anbessa Gebrehiwot from Ethiopia and Eritrea singing and playing the traditional krar (a 5-string lyre) and masinko (a single string violin).
Joining them are Melbourne multi-instrumentalists Evelyn Morris on keyboards and percussion and Dale Gorfinkel on percussion and balafon (xylophone).
Since performing as a trio at Hobart’s MONA FOMA Festival in 2016, the band have 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.