Ester Rada made her U.S debut at New York City's The Slipper Room recently. The Israeli-born Ethiopian singer/songwriter played an acoustic show accompanied by guitarist, Nadav Peled.
At times evoking the lyrical bravado of Sade and the melodious range of Jill Scott, Ester showed the crowd why the world seems to be abuzz about her. The audience sat rapt with attention as the crooner, belted cross-cultural influenced jazz/soul/funk infused songs reminiscent of Nina Simone and Erykah Badu from her latest EP - Life Happens (hear below).
Soft spoken and at times coy, she asked the crowded room of fans, press and A&R's to be kind to her and then chuckled shyly when the audience cheered her on after each song. She ended the show with fan favorite, "Could It Be" at which the audience begged for her to come back and grace them with one more song.