Award-winning actress and critically acclaimed singer Ester Rada was born in the urban Jewish settlement Qiryat Arba to parents who had immigrated from Ethiopia. While attracted to music from an early age, she never planned on a career on the stage- but after passing an audition at Israel's national theater, her acting career was off to a surprising start. Having never professionally studying acting or singing, Rada felt insecure at first. And only now, she says, after seven years in the industry, she is starting to come out of her shell.
For this episode of Journeys, Rada came to speak with Rogel Alpher about her music and about the prejudice that she has had to face as an actress and performer of Ethiopian descent.
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