Hailed by NPR and Time Out for performing some of the most exciting world fusion music happening today, Yemen Blues blends Yemenite Jewish and ancient Arabic music with Afro-funk into a sound all its own. In this special event, lyrics derived from the Hebrew text from Tehillim (Psalms) meld with high-energy performances for a truly transcendent experience.
Ravid Kahalani - Lead Vocal & Gimbri
Rony Iwryn - Percussion
Shanir Blumenkranz - Bass & Oud
Nikki Glaspie - drums
Salit Lahav - Flute & Sax
Navid Kandelousi - Violin & Kamancheh
Yoed Nir - Cello
Yonatan Voltzok - Trombone
Asa Kook - Trumpet
In 2010, singer & composer Ravid Kahalani founded the rare combination of top musicians in Yemen Blues. From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music.
The intense musicians hail from NYC, Uruguay & Tel Aviv. The result of this group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African & Jazz influences. The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and deep foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk & blues.
Performances have taken place all over the world on some of the biggest and most well-known stages including: Womex World Expo, Roskilde Festival Denmark, New York Central Park’s Summer Stage, Grand Performances Los Angeles, Millennium Park Chicago, Luminato Toronto Canada and many, many more. They have toured extensively throughout Canada, USA & Europe.