Artist Watch: Ester Rada
Friday, February 14, 2014
I live for eclecticism. Therefore, I love Ester Rada as she redefines what it means to be unique as she pretty much wrestles the idea and pens it to the mat. Look no further than her self-titled debut album to back up my claim. Afro-beat, torch jazz, funk --- the gang is all here, and then some as Ester Rada is crammed to the max with brass, percussion, poetry, and spunk, and all from a bright new voice that I'm eager to follow. Rada first came to my attention through the track, "Monsters", which was a complex jazz tome that went completely out of bounds (for all the right reasons). Other singles like "Life Happens" and "Anything From You" kept me on watch for this singer/songwriter, and now with her first album in heavy rotation (esp. tracks like "Sorries", "Bazi" and "Bad Guy") there are more aural goodies to keep me occupied. Oh, another thing, what really sealed the deal for me about her sound is that shades of her Israeli and Ethiopian background are present in the material, and it's always a good thing to rep for your roots as the material comes off as honest and authentic and that is exactly what Ester Rada is.
You can read my full post in further concerns to how utterly awesome sauce Ester Rada is over at SoulBounce, but I hope that you'll stop listening to me now and just hop on over to her Bandcamp spot and be taken captive just as I have.