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Ethiopian Israeli international musician is coming to The Cedar on Saturday, Oct. 1, presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, The Cedar Cultural Center

July 21, 2022

Gili Yalo combines an Ethiopian musical legacy with funk, jazz and soul

MINNEAPOLIS (July 15, 2022) — Hennepin Theatre Trust announced that it is partnering with The Cedar Cultural Center to present Ethiopian Israeli music sensation Gil Yalo at The Cedar Cultural Center (416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. Yalo combines an Ethiopian musical legacy with

genres such as funk, jazz and soul.

Tickets are on sale now to the public by visiting

Saturday Oct. 1 8 p.m. The Cedar $20 advance, $25 day of show

Yalo’s music embodies his own personal story, and what a story he has to tell. Operation Moses was the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984. These Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugee camps in Sudan.

Together with his family, Gili Yalo made this perilous trip, walked through the desert towards the “Promised Land” and sang to his beloved ones. In the course of this exhausting and emotional journey, the music encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving. Gili Yalo’s band is made up of fifive musicians, including guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and trumpet. An entrancing rhythmic motion is apparent when listening to Gili’s music, from the groove, beat and flow, and up to the lyrics, concept and style of the project. Today Gili Yalo’s music gives a new meaning to traditional Ethiopian music. The expression of his story through an advanced music production represents his own personal triumph.

After a big success of his first record released last year, touring the world and receiving high critical praise internationally, Gili Yalo returns with a new release. The new EP, “Made in Amharica,” is a result of Gili Yalo’s cooperation with Grammy Award nominee (Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance for Leon Bridges’ LP “Coming Home”) Niles City Sound. The songs are a collaboration between Gili Yalo and Dallas-based musicians in the high-end, vintage-equipped Niles City Sound recording studios in Fort Worth. “Made in Amharica” is step forward – with American musicians and a production team with the best vintage analogue equipment the soul and R&B flavor of Gili’s music is stronger than ever.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at

Heart of Hennepin – celebrating 100 years of the Hennepin Theatre District
To honor the centennial, Hennepin Theatre Trust is kicking off a yearlong celebration for the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres, along with The Hennepin event center and 824 Hennepin, home to the Brave New Workshop comedy theatre. This year-long centennial celebration honors the history of the Hennepin Theatre District and looks ahead to what the future holds for the arts, the Trust and downtown neighbors.

The Cedar Cultural Center, from world legends to up-and-coming new bands, The Cedar presents unique voices from around the globe through 200+ shows a year. The Cedar’s programming spans global roots, folk, indie, experimental, bluegrass, and much more. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Cedar’s mission is to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance.