Thursday - 20:00
The Gibraltar World Music Festival (GWMF) will tell the story of musicians from Africa (Ethiopia and Mali) struggling in their life to exist as musicians despite attacks from extremists in their counties. The 3 acts proposed by Yossi Fine (Music from the desert); Gili Yalo (Ethiopia) and Bassekou Kouyate (Mali) will take us through the African journey with strong Rock, Funk and Blues musics in the prestigious venue of the St Michael's Cave at the top of the rock of Gibraltar.
Bassekou Kouyate is considered to be the best ngoni player in the world, revolutionizing the playing of this traditional instrument and gathering Ngonis with different size and pitches in his groovy band “Ngoni ba”. Griots are esteemed musician/storytellers whose lineage stretches back centuries. Bassekou was born into this resonant tradition but his relationship to it has been anything but static. He is also dug into Blues and Country music.
Whether as a producer, arranger or bassist, Yossi Fine’s unique and undeniable talents have made him one of the most in demand names throughout a number of different genres. Throughout his years of playing and recording, he has worked with everyone from David Bowie and Lou Reed to Stanley Jordan and Gil Evans. A career spanning two decades and six continents includes seven gold and platinum CDs, Yossi fully engineered and produced over 25 albums, while contributing the bass on more than 150.
Gili Yalo combines Ethiopian roots with Soul, Funk, Groove, Psychedelic and Jazz music. The result is a rich, vivid, exceptional melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic. The music made by Gili embodies his own personal story, which inspires the rhythm and the flow of this whole music project. During Operation Moses, a mass migration of Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugees’ camps in Sudan. Together with his family, Gili walked through the desert towards the Promised Land and sang to his beloved ones. In the course of this exhausting and emotional journey it was the music that encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving.
More info - gibraltarproductions.com
Pick will be from 7:00pm from the Coach Park situated at Ground Level.