A popular fusion of traditional Yemenite influences with blues, jazz and funk
As part of its cultural calendar and in light of the Israeli pavilion’s message on diversity and inclusion, the pavilion is proud to host two performances by the iconic Yemen Blues on Wednesday, 27th October and Thursday, 28th October at 8:30pm, on the dunes of the pavilion.
Yemen Blues creates an original sound which became a new genre in contemporary music, led by Ravid Kahalani with Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari, Itamar Borochov and Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member of the group comes from a different cultural background and brings their own sound and arrangements to Ravid’s compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African and 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 and blues.
“Our band is made up of artists from different backgrounds and cultures, and that’s what makes our music different and unique. We learn from each other; we mix our beats to create amazing songs. We’re looking forward to playing our music at the EXPO2020 Dubai,” said Kahalani.
Josh Bendit, Director of the Israel Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai added: “Music, as an international language, overcomes language barriers and brings hearts and senses together. Israel’s music beats to the rhythm of unity between different cultures that come together from all over the world.”
The Israel Pavilion is situated in the Opportunity District and was designed to represent an open tent, inviting everyone in. It will feature a wide variety of cultural activities, including numerous Israeli artists performing at the expo and an Israeli style party every Thursday night featuring DJs from the UAE and Israel.