Dereb The Ambassador - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2020 - in Katoomba!

Dereb The Ambassador (Ethiopia)

“Electrifying, kaleidoscopic vintage soul… his blistering vocal attack is beyond compare: hail one of the world’s most exhilarating new voices” – MAG

“Beautiful soulful joyous music that isn’t afraid to groove. You can’t go wrong.” – Bob Baker Fish

Australia's own Ethio-Soul superstar Dereb the Ambassador and his big-sound band of virtuoso musicians deliver energetic rhythms and melodies that consistently get crowds moving.

Dereb Desalegn (aka Dereb The Ambassador) is a unique vocal talent, well known as one of Ethiopia's most respected singers. On his first solo album Korkorow Yalew recorded in 2003, his hit single Wollo, reached number one in the Ethiopian charts. Dereb has since toured in America, England, Asia, New Zealand and Australia where he currently resides.

After moving to Australia, Dereb collaborated with Nicky Bomba and the Bomba Band releasing a CD and touring nationally in June 2007.

In 2011, Dereb joined forces with producer Tony Buchen on a new project—Dereb the Ambassador—a title given to him years earlier by the Ethiopian media. Performing with a band of virtuoso musicians and inspired by the funky sounds of great Ethiopian artists of the '60s and '70s, such as Mahmoud Ahmed and Mulatu Astatke, they recorded their highly acclaimed debut album. More recently they have found success with the album released in Japan on the P-Vine label and Dereb the Ambassador featured on one of Francis Falceto's (of Ethiopiques fame) Ethiosonic releases, showcasing new music from the Ethiopian Diaspora.

In January 2016, Dereb the Ambassador released a new EP called Volume II which received fantastic responses from music critics and audiences and released their latest album, Ethiopia in June 2018 with a brand new film clip to Mewuded Lemejemer. The Ethiopia album has been receiving a big radio play around Australia and internationally.

Dereb and his six-piece band consistently livens up crowds with their addictive, gritty brand of Ethio-soul. Performance highlights include WOMAD UK, Peats Ridge Festival, WOMADelaide, Jeonju Sori World Music Festival Sth Korea, National Multicultultural Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Falls Festival, Mullum Music Festival and tours in Ethiopia and three times in Japan.