“I am trying to plant seeds from the Ethiopian and Israeli cultures to grow a new musical tree, fresh and unapologetic, even if it means talking about unpopular topics.”
Orit Tashoma is a rapper, spoken word artist and soul singer of Ethiopian descent. She manages to find optimism in the deepest depths, to find what she calls “the plenty in the sparse.” Tashoma also knows how to be tough. Her criticism of Israeli society and government is pointed and gives voice to the Ethiopian Israeli community’s challenges when it comes to immigration, acculturation, and the systematic racism built into Israeli society. And she doesn’t sugar coat a thing. The Israeli Lauryn Hill? At least she isn’t evading her taxes.