EL KHAT

EL KHAT (YE/IL)

04.04.23

Bandet El Khat, opkaldt efter rusmidlet, er et hjemmelavet junkyard-band ledet af multi-instrumentalisten Eyal El Wahab. Bandet bringer originale kompositioner inspireret af guldalderens musik i Aden, Yemen.

El Wahab spiller mange instrumenter, såsom dli og Kearat, som han selv har konstrueret.
Det er noget, han begyndte at gøre for flere år siden, ved at bruge sine evner til at lave musik fra de ting, folk kasserer. Som barn af den yemenitiske eksil, vokset op i Tel Aviv Jaffa, Israel, er det en praksis der stammer fra familiens hjemland, hvor affald ikke går til spilde.

El Wahab har altid været særlig opfindsom. Selvom han blot var selvlært musiker fra at spille på gaden og ude af stand til at læse noder, formåede han at talte sin vej til en plads i Jerusalem Andalusisk orkester som cellist. Her lærte han løbende repertoiret efter gehør, mens han gik rundt og opfangede musikteori. Det gav ham et stærkt fundament.El Khats nye album, Albat Alawi Op.99, udgivet i marts 2022 via Glitterbeat Records. Albummets navn har en tredelt betydning. ‘Albat’ kommer fra en ‘alba’, som er en lille blikæske, der kan indeholde mange skatte. ‘Alawi’ er en hyldest til Faisal Alawi, en populær yemenitisk sanger, der døde i 2010, mens tilføjelsen ‘Op.99’ er inspireret af klassisk musiks opus numre og tiltænk at give El Khats musik den “samme respekt som vestlig klassisk musik.”

Saadia Jefferson, El Khats debutalbum, udgivet på Batov Records, bringer en funky, psykedelisk reimagination til de traditionelle yemenitiske sange, der elektrificerede ham, da han første gang hørte dem. Dette er et album næsten helt fyldt med hans egne kompositioner. Noget nær og personlig, der konstant ser tilbage på sin families hjemland i Yemen.

ENGLISH VERSION
El Wahab has always been a man of invention. He talked his way into the Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra as a cellist, self-taught from busking and unable to read music, learning the repertoire by ear as he went along, and picking up music theory.
It gave him a strong foundation, but his world changed when he was given ‘Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen’ an LP of Yemeni traditional music from the 1960s. It came as an epiphany. He quit the orchestra, began building instruments and put together El Khat.

Albat Alawi Op.99, El Khat’s new album, released on March 2022 via Glitterbeat Records, celebrates an homage to Faisal Alawi, a popular Yemeni singer who died in 2010, along with an alba, a small tin box that can contain many treasures, while the Op.99 is intended to give the compositions “the same respect as Western classical music.”

Saadia Jefferson, El Khat’s debut album, released on Batov Records, brings a funky, psychedelic reimagination to the traditional Yemeni songs that electrified him when he first heard them, this is an album almost entirely filled with his own compositions, something close and personal that constantly looks back to his family’s homeland in Yemen.
The Yemeni Orchestra, In 2022 El Wahab with The Association For Society and Culture – Yemenite tradition established an orchestra focusing on the old sound from the 60-70s in South Yemen and preserving the tradition. Those new arrangements for the Classical Yemeni
repertoire are performed and sung by the entire members of the orchestra and with guests such as Riff Cohen, Zion Golan and more.

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