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Singer-Songwriter Aveva Dese in Conversation with Scholar and Activist Dr. Shula Mola | Studio Israel

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Mar 27, 2023


Studio Israel Presents: Aveva Dese

(59 min) Aveva Dese is an Ethiopian-Israeli singer-songwriter who fuses traditional Ethiopian sounds & grooves with her soul-pop melodies, producing a unique style with universal appeal. As a first-generation immigrant from Ethiopia, Aveva brings a fascinating life story into her music. She sings about society, freedom, and love, creating an inspiring and empowering experience.


Dr. Shula Mola is a civil and human rights activist in various voluntary and professional frameworks. Shula served as chairperson of the Association for Ethiopian Jews (AEJ) for 10 years, prior to which she worked at the organization in various strategic positions, including Executive Director. Shula is a current scholar in resident at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.


The Studio Israel conversation series was inaugurated in the fall of 2020, in partnership with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and the Vilna Shul, and is made possible by generous support from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). Studio Israel is also cosponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England. This peer-led series invites audiences to join leading artists, academics, and community leaders for a panoramic journey through the landscape of Israeli art, dance, food, fashion, and more, that investigates the diversity and nuance of Israel’s variegated social, cultural, and political aspects through the lens of the arts.


JArts’ mission is to curate, celebrate, and build community around the diverse world of Jewish arts, culture, and creative expression. Our vision is of a more connected, engaged, and tolerant world inspired by Jewish arts and culture.


The ones who move us

Aveva Dese talks about how much her mom's strength influenced her in many elements of her life. Do you have someone in your life who has significantly impacted your life both personally and professionally (maybe the direction of your career)? What is their story?

After The Voice

In the Q&A portion of this Studio Israel, why did Shayna ask Aveva about how different groups/audiences have reacted to her music? Did any of Aveva's answers surprise you?


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