the Singer Ravid Kahalani dancing across the stage, cranks with the arms, throws away the microphone, playing a little on the slagverkarens drums, takes up the microphone again, going down on their knees and sing, gets the crowd to clap hands, get stuck in the wires of the scene, go down and dance in the audience.
He just can't stop themselves, he is completely full of music. He is tall and slim, dressed in black and gold, black boots with high heels. Has the charisma and energy that would fill considerably larger venues than Faschings get square meters. And then he seems to still have an evening when the vocals are not really berries, he says that he is sick, it burst into a croaking sometimes.
started his band Yemen Blues about ten years ago. Before then, he had among other things worked as a chef, been in the Hare Krishna, sung opera. He grew up in a strict religious home in a settlement, the parents are jewish, with origins in Yemen. He has recently moved to New York because he does not think he gets enough appreciation for his musical vision at home in Israel.
You would think that the concert is a one-man show, but really is not. Yemen Blues is this evening a quartet with a drummer, percussionist, organist, and as a bass player who switches to playing the Arabic lute oud. Kahalani is often also a guinbri, a tresträngad moroccan lute. They go from playing quietly and softly to the powerful cascades of tones.
a turn as the twists and turns, a powerful pulse that it crackled and sparkles. The young organist sounds solo after solo wash over us at the same time as the percussionist accentuates with the help of the conga, calebass, minicymbaler.
the Music slip away descriptions, it fits no standard genre classifications. There are traits of yemeni folk songs, west african, jazz, funk, rock. Location to pick up the sometimes scoffed at the concept of world music. Themselves call Yemen Blues is what they do for the ”New culture of music”.
the Enthusiasm and the openness is great among the musicians. It's like they send the energy and the music between them, almost as a kind of act of love.
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