Tel Aviv-based band Zvuloon Dub System connects the dots between Israel, Ethiopia and Jamaica on their brand new album Anbessa Dub.
This ten track effort is not a dub album as the title suggests. It collects funky instrumentals and soulful vocal cuts sung in Amharic by singer Gili Yalo, who was born and raised in Ethiopia.
Zvuloon Dub System started in 2006 and mainly focused on 70s styled roots reggae. Three years later Gili Yalo joined and they started to experiment with Ethiopian instruments and chord changes. And the result is the extraordinary Anbessa Dub, an album that merges Israel with Africa and the Caribbean.
Anbessa Dub was recorded using analogue equipment and recording techniques. It is warm, natural and organic with excellent musicianship throughout the set, especially the organ maestro who owns album opener Alemitu with his smooth playing.
This is certainly a unique mix of styles with an atmosphere influenced by the gritty and raw sounds of 70s Kingston and a sweaty and funky club in 70s Addis Abeba.