Jewish-Yemeni culture comes alive in this incredible music

Meet Ravid Kahalani, songwriter and lead singer of the popular Israeli band ‘Yemen Blues.’Ravid grew up in Israel surrounded by Jewish-Yemeni culture and later discovered his love for African music and Balkan orthodox liturgy. His music merges all these sounds to create a completely unique style. It’s only natural for him to sing in Yemeni-Arabic, and he dreams of performing in Yemen one day.


While devastating conflict steal Yemen’s spotlight, three Israeli sisters with Yemeni-Jewish roots seek to turn attention back to brighter parts of their homeland: the country’s rich yet fading musical traditions.

The trio, Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim, make up A-WA (pronounced ‘Ay-wah,’ Arabic slang for ‘yes’). Together, they fuse an eclectic blend of Yemeni folk songs with electro-pop and hip-hop beats.

Published: November 16, 2016
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