We are pleased once again to partner with the Aga Khan Museum in presenting Yemen Blues. Ashkenaz premiered Yemen Blues to Canadian audiences with an incredible show at Toronto’s Mod Club back in 2011, and we invited them back the following year to headline the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival. The band has since continued its ascent to the top tier of Israeli world music artists, with their explosive combination of Yemeni song and poetry, Jewish music, West African groove, and funk. Led by the “ridiculously charismatic” frontman Ravid Kahalani, Yemen Blues is renowned for its “uproarious” performances, and has garnered positive acclaim around the globe. They are, without a doubt, one of the most exciting bands to come out of Israel in recent years.
Founded in 2010, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. Each of the members, who hail from NYC, Uruguay, and Tel Aviv, come from different backgrounds and bring their own sound and arrangements to Ravid Kahalani’s compositions. The result is a mixture of Yemenite, West African, funk, and jazz influences that create what the band calls “new age culture music.” The mambo and North African rhythms create a joyful and solid foundation, while the vocals remind the listener of ancient Arabic chants mixed with funk and blues.
Presented in partnership with Aga Khan Museum and the Consulate General of Israel
Thursday January 18, 2018, 8pm
Aga Khan Museum Auditorium
77 Wynford Dr., Toronto
$50, $45 Friends, $37.50 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission
Round-trip shuttle service from downtown available for $5.
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