June 11, 2021
New Culture Music blending Yemenite, West African, Latin & Jazz
Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani is part Prince, part James Brown, and his music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul. Traditional folkways and devotional song intersect effortlessly with heavy grooves and transcendental jams.
“Some acts are so unique, so hard to describe, they even go so far as to invent their own language” -Time Out
In this quartet iteration, Ravid Kahalani (guembri) is accompanied by Shanir Blumenkrantz (bass, oud), as well as trumpet and drums.
ABOUT THIS GATHERING:
The backyard of the Florence Congregational Church is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to enjoy music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing. Guests are asked to wear masks.
5PM picnic. Music at 7PM. Food pop-up TBA.
With generous support by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.
Check out this video for a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXydCLZzc5E