Gili Yalo with Kosha Dillz and Mad Alchemy Liquid Lights

On The Chapel's Outdoor Stage

Join us on the outdoor stage at The Chapel in San Francisco's Mission district on Wednesday August 11 for a special night of music featuring the Ethiopian Israeli International musician, Gili Yalo. Gili escaped death in his native land, walking through the African desert with his family towards the “Promised Land” singing to his beloved ones along the journey. The music encouraged Gili and his family to keep moving and not give up. You are invited to this rare appearance and celebration of Gili Yalo performing live in San Francisco! This is an all ages, outdoor concert. Opening the show is widely recognized Jewish performer Kosha Dillz and DJ Beatific. Visuals by Mad Alchemy Liquid Lights.

Gili Yalo

The Ethiopian Israeli International musician, Gili Yalo, combines an Ethiopian musical legacy with genres such as funk, jazz, and soul.

Gili 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.

Gili Yalo’s band is made up of five 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 the 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. Gili Yalo combines modern sound, Ethiopian roots, funk and jazz, and a deep soulful feeling. “Made in Amharica” is a 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.

Kosha Dillz

People Say that Kosha Dillz is the most resilient rapper in the world. Some say he is the most interesting. During the pandemic, Kosha Dillz didn’t stop his usual 100 shows of user-friendly rap year. Instead, he opted to take it outside with street performances in NYC. After living in Israel and ending back up in Los Angeles during 2020, he packed his things in a 1992 Ford van and moved to NYC to “go for it.” The humbling decision of starting over changed his life. His rapping antics in winter blizzards to Passover performances landed him Worldstar, Variety Magazine, and on the pages of street documentarians like New York Nico. He went from appearances on Good Morning America to Forbes Magazine. He took it to Clubhouse and created rooms for the first-ever Holocaust survivors to speak to upwards of 50,000 people and became featured in TIME Magazine and NBC News.

Most importantly, he has created a new style for himself and new sound. His latest 14 track album, Nobody Cares Except You, embodies his message of acceptance fighting self-doubt with humility; he just goes for it. At the ripe age of 39, meet the bald Jewish rapper who has owned all his flaws and has never felt younger and more ready for his first come back at the Chapel. In this case; it is a reintroduction.

Presented by Value Culture. Sponsored by the Israel Consul to the Pacific Northwest Cultural Department, The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, The University of San Francisco Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Be’chol Lashon, the International Rescue Committee, Ethiopian Community & Cultural Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Reboot, JIMENA, Kulanu, One Vibe Africa, Project Yerus, Mosaic Visions, Grand Bakery Oakland, and Stage It. Media support from The J, The Jewish News of Northern California.

August 11, 2021
6:30 PM
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco


Organized By: 
Value Culture
Event Contact Person: 
Adam Swig