Ester Rada (Dean Avisar)
Ester Rada (Dean Avisar)
Ethio-soul singer Ester Rada is the latest Israeli to be chosen to feature at the highly prestigious WOMEX World Music Expo, set to take place in October. Rada was among the first 10 acts to be selected in the first round of jury-selected official showcase artists for this year’s world music industry networking event.

“A number of artists create traditional music with a twist or add a traditional flavor to contemporary styles . . . Ester Rada (Israel) filters her modern R’n’B and soul through her Ethiopian roots,” reads the press release announcing Rada’s selection.

Organizers say they received over 850 showcase proposals to take part in the event. The WOMEX Showcase Festival will spotlight more than 60 acts from around the globe in total.

In addition to Rada, the first 10 acts include Bostich + Fussible from Nortec Collective (Mexico), Džambo Aguševi Orchestra (FYR Macedonia), Ilkka Heinonen Trio (Finland), Noreum Machi (South Korea), Otava Yo (Russia), Paolo Angeli (Italy/Spain), Raúl Rodríguez – Razón de Son (Spain), Tribu Baharú (Colombia), and Troker (Mexico).