616. Yemen and Israel’s A-Wa Sisters – March 20, 2016

Ruth writes: Thanks to Noor and to Ashkenaz for sending us this information:

Three sisters from Israel combine the songs and unique harmony singing style of their Yemeni roots with contemporary funk, electronica and hip-hop grooves. A-Wa became a viral sensation last year with the video for their song “Habib Galbi,” which went on to become the first ever Arabic-language song to top the Israeli music charts.

Sunday March 20, 2 pm. A-Wa: Discussion and Performance: Noor Cultural Centre partners with the Ashkenaz Foundation to host this event with A-Wa which will feature a cappella performances followed by a panel discussion. Comprised of artists, journalists, and activists, the panel will explore how A-Wa’s music occasions deeper reflection on the dynamics of conflict in the Middle East. The session will be moderated by Canadian journalist Ralph Benmergui. Location: Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive. Suggested Donation: $5. http://www.noorculturalcentre.ca/?p=14291

Sunday, March 20, 8pm. A-Wa: Songs in Hebrew, English and Yemeni-Arabic, Forum and film. Sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel and presented as part of the Spotlight on Israeli Culture. Also funded by the Government of Canada. Location: The Mod Club, 722 College Street. Tickets $20-$25. http://www.ashkenaz.ca/event/a-wa/



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