The Black Buddha Journey
The Traveler, the Band and the Sessions
Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Yohanan Ermias Bekele is the founder of Black Buddha Sounds. Growing up in Addis Ababa, Lusaka and Los Angeles, Yohanan was influenced by a variety of musical styles.
From the first time listening to the 7/8 rhythms of Greek composer Yanni, to playing with Ewe master drummers in Dzodze, Ghana; Yohanan blends the diverse melodies and rhythms from his mother country and continent with the intercontinental styles of dance-hall, reggae, hip hop and funk.
Today, he channels these inspirations as a live and session bassist, soundtrack composer and film producer.
Composed of some of the finest musicians in the greater Lake Geneva area, the Black Buddha Sounds Crew consists of:
Jean-Loup Didelot/Yamine- Arrangement and Drums
Hamza Fawaz- Vocals
Johan Gozlan/Clement Barral- Guitar
Joris Favre/Guy Barbin- Keyboards
Yohanan Bekele- Bass/Vocals
The Group has performed at Fete de la Musique, Geneve; La Ville et Vous, and several other local venues.
As a bassist and soundtrack producer, Black Buddha Sounds has had the fortune to record with and learn from artistes and labels out of Ethiopia, Jamaica, Switzerland, and more including: