Neta Elkayam – Neta Elkayam and her fellow band-members, second-generation to Moroccan immigrants in Israel, have become a prominent voice of a renewed Jewish Moroccan musical scene globally. Growing up surrounded by Maghribi music, they have set out to combine their rooted connection to traditional Moroccan music and their commitment to a contemporary artistic vision that takes music forward with compositions and texts that are relevant to today.Abiadi is a unique concert dedicated to Zohra Al Fassia, the great Moroccan Jewish singer. Under Amit Hai Cohen’s musical vision and featuring Neta Elkayam’s unique voice enriched with North African influences, they perform their original take on Zohra Al Fassia’s classic songs from all times. This is the first time that so many songs of Zohra Al Fassia’s repertoire receive a new musical interpretation, revealing her unique character, the tenderness and fierceness in her voice, and pioneering and mystery of her life.
In his solo project, Gili Yalo combines Ethiopian musical legacy with such genres as soul, funk, groove and jazz. By collaborating with top producers (Beno Hendler of Balkan Beat Box, Uri Kinrot of Boom Pam), Gili incorporates traditional African melodies into contemporary music, creating a rich, exceptional sound.Gili’s music embodies his family’s own personal story when, during Operation Moses, they crossed the desert on foot towards the Promised Land, singing traditional Ethiopian songs. During this exhausting and emotional journey, the music encouraged Gili and his family to keep on moving despite overpowering fatigue and resignation. The motif of this ‘movement’ is always present in Yalo’s music – from the beat and flow, and up to the lyrics, concept and style of the project. These compositions, which represent the musician’s own personal triumph over a difficult experience were performed in the cellar of Krakow’s Alchemia music club.
Junun: Shye Ben Tzur (IL) & The Rajasthan Express (IN) -The Junun Project was created by the Israeli musician Shye Ben Tzur, the guitarist Jonny Greenwood and the Indian ensemble the Rajasthan Express. It was released by Nonesuch Records under the watchful eye of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. These names promise an outstanding musical event and guarantee that it will live up to expectations. Junun comprises songs written by Ben Tzur incorporating devotional Qawwali music of sufi with lyrics in Hebrew and Urdu. The NME magazine writes that it is ‘A beautiful record, both impeccably studied and totally opulent’. Junun literally means mania, the madness of love – the madness that floods the European music scene. For the first time in Poland, Ben-Tzur and The Rajasthan Express performed at the Tempel Synagogue in Krakow.
About the Artist/Photographer: Weronika Suchodolsha
Since 2010 Weronika is a staff photographer of Israeli school and adult delegations to Jewish memorial sites in Poland. She also photographs Jewish families visiting Poland for roots trips providing photo documentation of the journeys.
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Meyer Harroch – New York Jewish Travel Guide