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Thanks to Israeli singer and composer Ravid Kahalani and his Yemeni Blues Band — among a number of other Israeli performers — traditional Yemini Jewish music and culture are being preserved and updated in Israel. Kahalani’s father came from Yemen, and Kahalani grew up listening to and singing the music of that country’s ancient Jewish community. While his music is based on traditional Yemini tunes, it also includes other influences such as Serbian Orthodox liturgical singing and various African sounds. Kahalani’s dream: To be able to perform in Yemen someday.
Watch a video about Ravid Kahalani and the Yemini Blues Band [6:58]. >>