Yemen Blues performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8. Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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Yemen Blues 2012

Yemen Blues: globalFEST 2012

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"Raw" and "rooty" are two good words for this young, wide-wandering band founded by the Yemeni Jewish singer Ravid Kalahani and Israeli bassist Omer Avital. At times, it evokes New Orleans second-line bands, the mesmerizing and earthy sounds of West African stringed guimbri, and rocking Middle Eastern rhythms, all of which course together in a raucous party of a stage show.

With Kalahani's soulful vocals alternating between the grit of the Mississippi Delta to the falsetto of Prince-style funk, Yemen Blues was one of the breakout favorites from this year's globalFEST lineup.

Set List
  • "Eli"
  • "Yemen Blues"
  • "Um Min Al Yaman"
  • "Trape La Verite"
  • "Jat Mahibathi"
  • "At Va'Ani"
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