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.

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


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 60’s and 70’s, 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.Dereb and his 6-piece band consistently livens up crowds with their addictive, gritty brand of Ethio-soul. Performance highlights include WOMADelaide, Jeonju Sori World Music Festival Sth Korea and tours in Ethiopia and Japan.

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

Dereb Desalegn – Vocals
Peter Farrar – C Melody Saxophone and alto saxophone
Daniel Pliner – Keyboard
Jonathan Pease – Guitar
Jarrol Renaud – Bass
Ross Ferraro – Drums

Where: The Church Of Groove, 3 Tudor Street, Newcastle
When: Saturday MAY 14TH 8pm
Tickets $30 Adult / $25 Concession


Doors open 7pm
Show starts 8pm

Bookings close at 5pm on the day. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges
The UCOG reserves the right to sell unredeemed tickets after show time
Contact Details: 0422 987 581