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Jewish what?! “Yes,” they nod and shrug their shoulders, “Jews can call themselves that.” Originally members of the Frankfurt Synagogue’s boys’ choir in the 1970s, Dr. Boiko and Jossi Reich immigrated to Tel Aviv three decades later, where they teamed up with Gael Zaidner to form their marvellously irreverent trio, the Jewish Monkeys. The name itself is indicative of their reckless approach: Accompanied by trombone, accordion, electric guitar, bass [...]

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RONI BOIKO: VOCALS
JOSSI REICH: VOCALS
GAEL ZAIDNER: VOCALS
RAN BAGNO: ACCORDION
YOLI BAUM: BASS
HENRY VERED: DRUMS
OMER HERSHMAN: GUITAR
MORAN BARON: TROMBONE
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Mania Regressia

Caravan Petrol 

Caravan Petrol / I want control / Nissan Patrol 
Remote control / Caraca-racara… / Caravan Petrol 

Oy isn’t it an oily planet? /Money feeds the oily expectations of the oil-consuming nations / Leads to global exploitation / I used to be a motherfucker, not knowing what to do in life/I was looking for sensation / In the army of salvation/ But they didn’t have a clue/If only they would see/ How clean the world could be/If they just exchanged the oil for solar energy / Wouldn’t it be nice? / If I went to paradise / Leaving earth a better place /Unspoiled by human race / 

I used to be a motherfucker /Not knowing what to do in life / I was living in disguise / And was hiding from my wife / Desperately wandering in the desert/Trying to purify some water/ But instead I met the daughter / Of the Sheik who owned the well / Well well well well! Fatima Morgana / I showed her my banana / We listened to Santana / This desert is Nirvana / Fatima Morgana /Was licking my banana / Erupting a Fontana / Her Papa was in oil / oyoyoyoyoy Oil /I start to like the goil 

He needed the sheik’s water/ But instead I fucked his daughter / Now the sheik he wants to slaughter / Everyone who fucks his girl / A little defloration /That was such a big sensation / Had to take her for my wife / To escape her Papa’s knife / Kni kni kni kni kni knife / The best chance of my life! 

(instrumental intermezzo) 

If only it could be / That the oil belonged to me / I would sell this whole Nirvana / And end my misery / Be rich eternally / Fuck solar energy / And all humanity / If only they could see / That the king of oil is me / And my oily queen is Fati.. Fatima Morgana/ Ala ala ala / I want her Papa’s car / I’m going to be a star/ I don’t give a shit about pollution / Only the petrol distribution / Is the only right solution / Stop this eco-revolution

Black but Sweet 

What is the woman and you will see, a nice black woman they call Didi / When she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time 

She is black and only and that is all / She is black and only and that is all / When men meet her, they bound to fall / Until her Mammy doesn’t sleep, oh Lord 

What is the woman and you will see / A nice black woman they call Didi / when she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time / Didi is that bright of my heart / I felt so funny with her to part / The people in the country of Caroline / can tell how Didi loves Houdini 

Young boy think that they fight for me / Don’t put yourself into difficulties / For it is for this positive fact / The sweetest women in the world of luck / Don’t you mind when you get up old / It’s for never mute, keep cost in your soul / With your black baby you are born to stay / You cannot leave her and go away 

I said Didi, I’m going away / But no longer I cannot stay / Mammy as it is, for this is fact / Sweet Houdini soon is coming back

Luba Lubaviczer 

Petrosilia / Che Guevara 
Rojte Paprika / Mata Hari 
Superwomen / Metaplastik 
Mamographia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Krimme Fiess / Groisse Zitzkalach / Ciciollina 
Mania Regressia / Pizda Kurva 
Kama Sutra / Pseudo Palavra 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / 
Dayne Oygn hobn sech arayngedrayt in mayne Nishume/ Und ich bin im / Ganzn meshigge gewordn / Oy oy oy oy 

(English): 
Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / Your eyes crashed into my soul/and I became totally crazy/Oy oy oy oy 

Papirossen / Hare Krishna 
Cucarracia / Hiper Histeria 
Noch a zingale / Semi Conductor / Toda la Noce 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Alte Kretshme / Poco poco 
Trichomonas / Sensationell 
Psychotherapia / Hysterectomy / Apoplexia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / As du kishst mech, brennt a fayer in mir / Oy oy oy oy 

(ENGLISH): When you kiss me, a fire burns in me/ Oy oy oy oy 
Schoyn avek der Nechten / Noch nisht du der Morgen /Es is noch du a bissale Haynt / Ster ihn nisht mit Sorgen 

(English): 
Yesterday is already gone / Tomorrow is still not there /There is still a little bit of Today / Don’t disturb it with sorrows

Johnny is the Goy for Me 

“Johnny is the goy for me” /This is what she said to me … 

“Tall and blond / His eyes are blue / He fucks like hell /Doesn’t smell” / Oy, vey Jossl can’t you see?/ “Day and night / I think of him/ He rides a horse / He goes to the gym” /This is what she said to me … 

DaDai… 

“Johnny is the goy for me” / So I said “Nuuu? Why not a Jew?” 

“All the day / You count and pray / You promise the moon/And come too soon” / Oy, vey, Jossl, can’t you see?/ “You bring no check / Got hair on the back / You snore at night / Mama was right”/ Jossl, you’re no joy for her 

DaDai… 

(Intermezzo): 
Jossl is no joy for her / For Johnny Goy she’s just a toy 

I jumped from a tree / I broke my knee / I rode a bike / Even fucked a dike / Nothing’s good enough for her/ But now I found my Suzy Jane / She can’t do Tshulent / But never complains / For Sue I’m not a lousy Jew / For Sue I’m like a Johnny too 

DaDai…

So Nice 

Louis was a financial fart/Spent all his money eating tart / It made him fat and stopped his heart/ Financial fart was not so smart 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Terry was a terrorist/ Couldn’t handle his father’s fist / The people thought that he’s a joke / Some of them went up in smoke 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Jezebel she couldn’t smell/ Her father’s breath was responsible / When he touched her in the loo/ She lost her other senses too 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Geraldine had a spleen/Everything had to be clean/She was never satisfied/ ’Cause the shit came from inside /…From inside… from inside…from inside… 

Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate / daidaidai… 
Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Don’t you mind your enemies /Enemas and bumble bees/ Love your neighbor, kiss your wife/ You will probably meet them in the afterlife 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice

Misirilou 

(Yiddish) 
Vayt in dem midbar / Fun heyser zin farbrent/ Hob ikh amol a meydele dort gekent / Misirilou heyst zi/ Yeder dort veyst zi gut/ Kh’vel di printsesn mer shoyn fargesn nit. 

Far in the Desert/ Burnt by the hot sun /I once knew a girl / Misirilou was her name / Everybody there knew her / I will already not forget the princess 

(Yiddish) 
Shtil, ovent kil, Un ikh fil az ikh vil mayn gefil /Far ir oysgisn un zi zol visn nor, Az nor zi lib ikh, Mayn lebn gikh ir, yo / 

Silence, cool evening, And I feel / That I will my feeling 
Spill out in front of her / And she should know / That only her I love / My life I give to her 

(Yiddish) 
Her, s’iz mir shver, Mit a trer zog ikh dir un ikh shver / Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum hayl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst hayln mikh / 

Listen, it is difficult / With a tear, I tell you / And I swear 
Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

(Yiddish) 
Misirilou mayne, meydale fun orient, Di oygn dayne hobn mayn harts farbrent / Mayn harts vert kranker, in chulem sey ikh dikh/ ants far mir shlanke /Drey zikh geshvind gikh. Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum heyl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst heyln mikh / Mayn mizrakh, blum misirilou 

My Misirilou, girl from the orient / Your eyes have burnt my heart / My hearts gets sicker / In my dreams I see you / Dance in front of me, my beautiful / Turn around even quicker(Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

My eastern flower, Misirilou

Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet 

Sitting in my back yard /Everyone’s here / Trying to get the fire start / Listening to my friends fart / Uzi gets stoned / Moishe likes beer / Uzi’s wife wished he had Moishe’s career/ Mama is excited – I’m feeling so alone / Watching my dogs – chewing on a bone/ My lips are swollen and my head is numb / The sun is boiling /I had too much rum 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed?

It couldn’t be much better / There’s pressure in my chest / Everyone is boring / The dogs are depressed 

Never wanted to become one of those / Why are the kids always pulling my nose? 
The drinks are warm / The girls are lame / The guys are laughing, I am getting insane/ Life is too long / And it’s mostly cruel / My prostata is burning /I wish I had a pool/ 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need / 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

I wonder why the women that I love / Always have to live with the men I hate/ 
Maybe a fancy house is enough / To make them believe that these shmocks are great/ I’m asking for a hand, doing me a favor / But she’s always busy with her pussy-shaver/ I should’ve sticked to my family’s taboo – / “Never mar ry a woman uglier than you” 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Suddenly everyone’s a little bit stressed / The neighbor’s daughter is practically undressed But I will stick to the rules of the game /’ Cause “EDIPUSSY” is my second name

Banana Boat vs. Hava Nagila 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / Day is the day is the day is the day is the day is the day oh ho hou / Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Wait a second. Why do you wanna go home yet? / You want a peace in the Middle East?? 
The two Jews: Don’t they say, make love not war 
The Arab: Leave our land, and we won’t break your jaw 
The two Jews: They killed us in Europe, we need real estate 
The Arab: You gave us the Nakba, now go get your fate 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Jerusalem 
The Arab: Al-Quds is ours, Al-Aqsa won’t fall 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for the Promised Land 
The Arab: Since Muhammad we had the upper hand 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Zion, 
The Arab: We don’t have a chance but we fight like a lion 
The two Jews: We are the chosen, the people of God 
The Arab: We’re blessed by Allah!!! Eternal Jihad 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 
Announcer: Actually, Why don’t we live in peace and harmony / like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat / Look there is a Russian, an Indian, an African, an American 

I work all night and I drink all rum / Daylight come and we wanna go home. / Come Mr. Tallyman, tally me banana / 
Daylight come… 

A beautiful bunch, a ripe banana / Daylight come… / Hide the deadly black tarantula/ Daylight come… 
day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 

It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! / Daylight come… 
Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Did you see? / They are singing and dancing together /In fuck’n peace and harmony, Like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat 

Let’s take the Banana Boat to the fuck’n Middle East

You, You and You 

I am so desperate / I cannot separate / Just don’t know what to do / It’s not my fault, 
That you confuse me / And you – you confuse me too 

Is it possible ?/ You think there’s someone else / And it tears my heart in two / You must believe it / For me there’s only one / And that’s you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

You say you love me/ But you don’t trust me / You say I have to decide / I would do anything /But my love for you / I can never divide / You don’t believe me / You misconceive me / What do you think I do? / I am not ambivalent / There’s no equivalent / To either one of you 
You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

Misty psychics, psychiatrists and my cleaning woman, too /They do all agree / Unequivocally / That I am crazy about you / In my diary / In my testament / And my shopping list too / This one and only line / I never redefine / Just says you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

If I must choose / There’s no doubt what to do / If I must choose / My choice is you, you and you

Add It Up 

Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Believe me there’s something I wouldn’t miss, but I look at your pants and I need a kiss. 

Why can’t I get just one screw? / Why can’t I get just one screw? / Believe me I know what to do, but something won’t let me make love to you. 

Why can’t I get just one fuck? / Why can’t I get just one fuck? / I guess it’s got something to do with luck, but I’ve waited my whole life for just one… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Mom / Have you kept an eye, an eye on your son / I know you’ve got problems/ You’re not the only one, when your sugar left / he left you on the run. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu 
Take a good look what your boy has done / He’s walking around like he’s number one / He went downtown and got him a gun. 

Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / You know you’ve got my sympathy, but / don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma Mother / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 
Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce. / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 

I am giving you decisions to make, things to lose, things to take / Just as he’s about ready to cut it up, / I said “wait a minute honey, I am gonna add it up” 
Add it up Add it up Add it up… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night.

Live Music

Rumania @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Johnny is the Goy for me @ Nachtleben Frankfurt 
Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet @ Furth 
Add It Up @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Hit me with your Rhythm Stick @ Furth 
Luba @ Fuerth 
Papirosen @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Titina @ Fürth 
videos

Official Videos

Rumania
Caravan Petrol
Banana Boat vs Hava Nagila
Black But Sweet

Trailers

Jewish Monkeys playing for refugees in Dresden
"Mania Regressia"-Tour 2014

The German Chronicles

The German Chronicles Part 1
The German Chronicles Part 2

Live Videos

Jewish Monkeys protesting Pegida in Dresden (October 2015)
Live @ Passing Clouds, London
Black But Sweet (Berlin @Rykestr-Synagoge, September 2014)
So Nice (Berlin @Rykestr-Synagoge, September 2014)
press
No time to get all sentimental.
(AUDIO 31/03/16) +

“On ‘Mania Regressia’ the Jewish Monkeys demand listeners leave their sentiments at the door. The Tel Aviv trash combo employs an aggressive mix of cabaret, circus marches, Frank Zappa-ish horseplay and klezmer punk to shock its audiences, Jews and non-Jews alike.” – AUDIO, 04/2016

Building a Cultural Bridge between Tel Aviv and Dresden – An official statement
(Greedy for Best Music 21/01/16) +

“The concerts were a wonderful experience for the band. It was very moving to see how this ‘guerrilla event’ could magically transform the faces of these tired, fearful, uprooted and traumatised people. Young men danced the Dabke (a popular line dance in Syria) to old Yiddish songs and beaming children experienced their first rock concert. After the show they stormed the stage to touch the drums and guitars in awe. Careful at first, the band did not let the public know they were from Tel Aviv, however, some of the band members delighted their listeners with Arabic greetings and phrases of gratitude. During conversations with the public, when asked, ‘where do you come from?’, one of the band members, said: ‘Tel Aviv’. This answer did not cause animosity, but joy and surprise.”

– Greedy for Best Music

Hard times for a band specializing in klezmer-rock. A tour diary
(Die Welt 24/11/15) +

“Cooped up in a minivan, though way more comfortable than being in one of those cattle wagons from back in the days heading East, we embark towards our next destination, a street festival in Dresden. Upon arrival we face a small stage blaring Arab rap music for a bunch of belligerent looking adolescents, jumping up and down and waving their fists in the air. Then it’s our turn. We step on stage, Boiko and I share an awkward smile with the crowd, while Gael refreshes his Arabic. It all goes down as expected: They absolutely love us, singing along to our Yiddish ‘dai, dai, dais’ and dancing Dabke as if at an oriental wedding. It was delirious.”

– Jossi Reich, Die WELT (German daily)

In the end, entertainment wins
(Badische Neueste Nachrichten 16/09/14) +

They pulled all the stops at their gig, engaging head and heart alike. They get people on their feet with familiar Balkan folk sounds and get them listening with complex rock arrangements and melancholic laments. How to describe Jewish Monkeys? A political band? Pure entertainment? Both? In the end, entertainment wins. The room is owned by ecstatic dancers.

– Badische Neueste Nachrichten

A fantastic live band in the spirit of punk
(Süddeutsche Zeitung 15/09/14) +

Jewish Monkeys pluck the flowers for their bouquet of clichés from a luxuriant garden of neuroses, burgeoning with self-irony, over-indulgent mothers and inferiority complexes. They are provocative, hounding their listeners out of their comfort zones and making them dance. Because this Klezmer ensemble living in the fast lane is first and foremost a fantastic live band in the spirit of punk.The trombone fires hot salvos at the singers while the guitar’s insistent off-beat rhythm pushes the band in the direction of Ska. Their live performance is overwhelming in its furiously unchained attack on tradition.At the anarchistic climax of the evening, Reich, Boiko and Zaidner launch Harry Belafonte’s famous Banana Boat off towards the Middle East, to bring peace to the region at last.

– Süddeutsche Zeitung (one of Germany’s leading dailies)

A Sense of Nonsense: the Anarcho-Klezmer Band Jewish Monkeys!
(Deutschlandfunk Corso 10/09/14) +

A Sense of Nonsense: the Anarcho-Klezmer Band Jewish Monkeys!

– Deutschlandfunk Corso(national German radio)

Shades of cinematic heroes such as Woody Allen
(Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 05/09/14) +

They ridicule the obscenities of international relations with the same tongue-in-cheek attitude they adopt toward their own culture, with a healthy mix of sophistication and anarchy. Shades of cinematic heroes such as Woody Allen, with an added dose of high-calibre party mood.

– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany’s leading daily)

Mildly disturbed eternal adolescents
(Spiegel Online 05/09/14) +

The Jewish Monkeys‘ album Mania Regressia plays on Jewish clichés and anti-Semitic reality. This post-Klezmer, post-Pop, post-Alija band from Tel Aviv has created an album brimming with love, rage and joy that reveals just how they are themselves: mildly disturbed eternal adolescents with a soundtrack for the panic attacks of our time. All of which makes Mania Regressia more than just music to listen to – from old and obscure songs with new geopolitical fire, such as Caravan Petrol or the satirical hit Johnny is the Goy for Me – and instead a rollicking, joyful, despairing peal of laughter on the margins of the western world.

– Spiegel Online (Germany’s No. 1 political news website)

Spirited, disrespectful, Jewish humour at its finest
(3Sat Kulturzeit 03/09/14) +

Spirited, disrespectful, Jewish humour at its finest. A wild, cult-worthy mix of Klezmer, Balkan and Rock.

– 3Sat Kulturzeit (TV channel for Austria/Switzerland/Germany)

Trashy hits with lyrics that tumble helter-skelter between Yiddish and English
(Kulturnews 01/09/14) +

Their love songs are delightfully filthy, full of unexpected emotions and virtuoso hilarity. Jewish Monkeys wallow in trashy hits with lyrics that tumble helter-skelter between Yiddish and English. A truly international line-up!

– Kulturnews(Germany’s largest culture mag)

An eagle eye on what is happening in the here and now
(Deutschlandfunk 29/08/14) +

They really do have some political cheek – highly critical, with an eagle eye on what is happening in the here and now. They make music that cuts to the quick, and that’s what I find so exciting: really good, thought-provoking lyrics. 

– Martin Kranz, Director of the Jewish Cultural Days, Berlin

If Hitler hadn’t nearly won the war
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung 06/07/14) +

If Hitler hadn’t nearly won the war, Jewish music would sound like this: naturally stoned, fast, and madly melancholic.

– Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (biggest German Sunday paper)

Racing polka beats, calypso, rumba and gutter blues redolent of Tom Waits
(Nürnberger Nachrichten 18/03/14) +

The incredible Jewish Monkeys from Israel epitomise the inexhaustible experimental drive of Jewish music. Jewish Monkeys manage, seemingly effortlessly, to transpose Yiddish songs into an impressive alternative World pop context worthy of any indie rock festival. Racing polka beats, calypso, rumba and gutter blues redolent of Tom Waits, with a dash of trombone, accordion and a distinctive guitar twang give the three singers plenty of dynamic impetus to launch their wackily irreverent, witty songs. Energetic fun that fires up the audience to fever pitch.

– Nürnberger Nachrichten (biggest Bavarian daily)

Roof-raising, rambunctious rock
(Nordbayerische Zeitung 17/03/14) +

Roof-raising, rambunctious rock by the Jewish Monkeys – three singers at once, like animators moderating between pop and funk, with a smattering of traditional songs.

– Nordbayerische Zeitung (Bavarian local daily)

A satirical emancipatory coup
(Fürther Nachrichten 17/03/14) +

The Jewish Monkeys from Tel Aviv unleash a satirical emancipatory coup at the Kulturforum with a show verging on cabaret. Tapping into the tonal syntax of the present day, klezmer strikes on a contemporary note. And the audience spontaneously goes along with it, as evidenced by their enthusiastic participation.

– Fürther Nachrichten (Bavarian local daily)

Whatever people say they are, that's what they're not
(Haaretz 07/01/14) +

At an age when most people retire, these guys are releasing their debut album – in English, Spanish, Esperanto and Yiddish. […] When three middle-aged men perform with wild abandon on stage, it’s clear to anyone watching that they have to conduct a restrained family life for the rest of the year. This is not a supergroup composed of rock stars who first came to prominence in the 1970s, nor is it a choir project of the neighborhood community center. Despite the men’s ages, the Jewish Monkeys (are) a young band at heart, whose members prove that you’re never too old to start performing.

– Ha’aretz (Israeli daily)

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Meat Heat Beautiful Feet

New Jewish Monkeys Video: When Suburbian Ennui Goes Freudian
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This one has been a long time coming. Nestling up to the other nine tracks on their debut album "Mania Regressia", somewhat like that pink elephant no one was willing to talk about, but whose presence was felt by [...]

This one has been a long time coming. Nestling up to the other nine tracks on their debut album "Mania Regressia", somewhat like that pink elephant no one was willing to talk about, but whose presence was felt by everyone, "Meat Heat Beautiful Feet" tells the story of suburbian ennui gone Freudian. 

It all started with a sentiment, a slight feeling of discomfort songwriter Dr. Boiko used to tell his guests about during regular weekend barbecues in his pool-flanked residence amidst dense and wild vegetation, located somewhere between greed and guilt. 

As this innate frustration grew, the song itself evolved: a song lamenting the overwhelming boredom and dullness of that oversaturated and oversexed suburbian lifestyle, alias the ennui of having it all. 

And so the Jewish Monkeys turned to the multitalented Billy Levy, frontwoman of the rock band Billy and the Firm and visionary director (i.e. Balkan Beat Box), to produce this brand new, scintillating music video and release the guys' subconscious musings out into the open. 

What may be perceived as disturbing then, is no more than that ruthless Jewish Monkeys candour, an outlet for their innermost emotions and forbidden feelings. Watch the provocative clip below and listen to an early live version of the song in the player above. 

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The Jew In You

A Jewish Monkeys Interview On Deutschlandradio Kultur
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Your favourite Jewish Monkeys are back for a series of six shows in Germany. On this occasion the band sat down with journalist Miron Tenenberg for a five-minute feature on the band in general, Jewish humour and [...]

Your favourite Jewish Monkeys are back for a series of six shows in Germany. On this occasion the band sat down with journalist Miron Tenenberg for a five-minute feature on the band in general, Jewish humour and their 'Jewishness' in particular.

While the piece was recently aired in German, here is an interesting comment made by singer Gael Zaidner in English, when asked why Germany audiences seem more engaged in the Monkeys' artistic interaction with their Jewish roots than Israeli audiences? Here's what he had to say: 

"In Israel you can say that our audience is much more Israeli than Jewish. It's a new kind of Jew. It's different, it's a different culture. So the music doesn't touch them as something from their past, it's something new and interesting. […] That's why the audience is more young people, hip people, open-minded people. The Jewish part of it is not the leading reason why they like it. […] They are there just for the music. […] In Germany it's a little different."

During the interview the Jewish Monkeys also revealed that they are currently working on a new album that will contain even more Yiddish material. So, whether you are in it for the music or the 'Jewishness' of it all, stay tuned. And if you understand German, feel free to relisten to the interview in the player above. 

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Road To Essaouira

Make Way For A New Collaborative Project Between Bologna's Fawda Trio and London's SwamiMillion AKA LV
 

Three years in the making, Bologna-based Original Cultures imprint is set to release a captivating collaborative project by Bologna's Fawda Trio and London's SwamiMillion (better known as production duo LV) out into [...]

Three years in the making, Bologna-based Original Cultures imprint is set to release a captivating collaborative project by Bologna's Fawda Trio and London's SwamiMillion (better known as production duo LV) out into the open. 

"Road To Essaouira" is the musical outcome of a three-year journey from Bologna, via London, all the way to Morocco's Essaouira that "captures the spirit of Gnawa music through the lens of African-American traditions".

The album was "recorded over a ten-day period back in 2014, fusing Gnawa with jazz, hiphop, electronic, and modern classical ideas for a unique take on this traditional Moroccan music, rich in history and potential". Alonside original tracks by Fawda Trio as well as two reworks by SwamiMillion, "Road To Essaouira" covers traditional Gnawa and Moroccan works, recomposed "using keyboards, percussion, gembri, voices and samplers" and also includes a feature by "Gnawa master" Maalem Soudani.

Officially releasing on September 30th, make your way to the imprint's Bandcamp page for a behind-the-scenes clip as well as two tracks streaming in full.

"Road To Essaouira" is a vibrant example of how tradition can be preserved, but is also open artistic reinterpretation with fascinating results. Watch an early trailer below or listen to a beat snippet in the SoundCloud player above.

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Selda the Legend

Turkish Icon Performs Live In Berlin With Tel Aviv's Boom Pam

Little did we know how excited we would be to finally see Selda Bağcan live on stage in Berlin, backed by Tel Aviv's Boom Pam and an additional saz player. The show took place at the longstanding Neukölln-based [...]

Little did we know how excited we would be to finally see Selda Bağcan live on stage in Berlin, backed by Tel Aviv's Boom Pam and an additional saz player. The show took place at the longstanding Neukölln-based venue Huxleys Neue Welt, a pretty sizeable venue for the small, but euphoric crowd awaiting her. And so it happened, that she took to the stage, arm in a sling* and kicked off the evening with one of her most iconic songs to date, being "Yaz Gazeteci". See the special moment below, or listen to the full song here

Released in 1976 on her eponymous debut album (still available as a reissue via Finders Keepers) here's a few more words on Selda, taken from the album bio: 

"When Selda Bagcan first released her long-awaited LP (the first of two confusingly eponymous titles in the same year), she was enduring/enjoying her hiatus as one of the most politically outspoken popular folk singers to hail from Turkey. In the previous decade she had made a household name for herself as a traditional Anadolu protest singer with a spectacular emotive vocal capacity (for idle argument’s sake, begging comparison to a Turkish Joan Baez). A figurehead and poetic driving force for a radical generation of politically motivated creative revolutionaries, her raw, stripped-down folk songs yearned for political change with heart-wrenching earnest, embodying a unifying traditional sound which mainlined the veins of a free-thinking, united Turkey. Selda had, and still has, a reputation as an individual, omnipresent strength who was willing to brave grave consequences in the name of change and humanity which would later see her serve time in prison on account of her vociferous attitudes on behalf of her like-minded but seldom spoken peers. Until now, Selda played the role of musical martyr in a lonely void, but by early 1975 – when Ms. Bagcan was given an unexpected opportunity to commit a collection of ten new songs to an LP for the forward thinking Turkuola label – the silent free-thinking cognoscenti of musical Istanbul came to her aid in droves, thus creating one of the most extraordinary hybrid folk albums you are ever likely to hear."

Curious? It looks like Selda and Boom Pam are currently cooking up a tasty collab. Stay put for more...

*About that sling: Apparently, as Selda mentioned during the concert, she lives with twenty something cats, who were so happy to see her return from a few weeks on the road that they crowded her on her way to the front door, resulting in her losing her balance and injuring her arm. Geçmiş olsun Selda! Get well!

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Electric Conscience

Istanbul/Cologne's Elektro Hafiz Delivers A 'Sazzy' Blend Of Anatolian Psych Grooves
 

Let's just get this off our chest straight away: Here's an album that pretty much slipped under our radar and that we believe deserves way more attention than it has garnered to date. The İstanbul-bred, [...]

Let's just get this off our chest straight away: Here's an album that pretty much slipped under our radar and that we believe deserves way more attention than it has garnered to date. The İstanbul-bred, Cologne-based artist Elektro Hafiz released his eponymous solo album on Pharaway Sounds back in spring, an electric saz smorgasbord of Anatolian psychedelia, mesmerising funk and progressive grooves moulded into a cutting-edge sound tapestry, bridging many a musical gap. 

'Hafız' (pronounced Huh-fizz) in Turkish is a person, who has learned the Koran by heart and, when it comes to music, we dare say this man knows what he's doing. As expressed via Guerssen Records "Elektro Hafiz has shown and proven openness to various and sometimes contradicting music styles by mixing eastern instruments like the electric saz, darbuka and finger cymbals with different genres. He loves to play with contrasts and create new compositions from there. [...] This open and experimental approach is still his trademark, as well as his charming provocative style that is complemented by a healthy dose of humour. [...] A further ingenious characteristic of him is using the electric guitar as a rock instrument while at the same time applying the Anatolian harmony system (scale)".

After releasing three albums with his former band Fairuz Derin Bulut, Elektro Hafiz" is his first solo album, containing nine tracks and showcasing collaborations with artists from countries such as  Kenya, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, just to add to the already diverse mix. What's more, the album was also released as a dub version with remixes from the hands of various producers and DJs. Featured in the player above you will find an excellent dub mix of the album track "Günahkar Helvasi" (transl. sinful halva/nougat) by İstanbul-based collective Grup Ses Beats; another crew worth checking out, if you are into experimental/instrumenal hiphop, beatmaking and sampling that is. But for now, please give a warm round of applause to our main man: Elektro Hafiz. 

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Noura Mint Seymali

Introducing A New Era In Moorish Tradition
 

When her debut album "Tzenni" impacted in 2014, Noura Mint Seymali hit the ground running. As expressed via NPR: "the arrival of [this] Mauritannian vocalist in front of Western audiences feels like the start of a [...]

When her debut album "Tzenni" impacted in 2014, Noura Mint Seymali hit the ground running. As expressed via NPR: "the arrival of [this] Mauritannian vocalist in front of Western audiences feels like the start of a new era". And indeed, so it is.

In a whirlwind of events Noura was awarded "Best Female Artist from North Africa" at the African Union's 2015 AFRIMA awards and this summer, took to the stage alongside Damon Albarn and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians for a European tour presented by Africa Express. Now, she is set to release her sophomore album on Glitterbeat.

So far we only got to hear "Arbina", the title track of her upcoming release, but we assure you that it is absolutely electrifying. On lead vocals and ardin (Mauritanian harp) Noura evokes deep emotion, voiced over a driving beat that is equally transient as it is enticing. To put things into perspective:

"Delving deeper into the wellspring of Moorish roots, as is after all the tried and true way of the griot, the album strengthens her core sound, applying a cohesive aesthetic approach to the reinterpretation of Moorish tradition in contemporary context. [...] Arbina refines a sound that [Noura and her band] gradually intensified over years of touring, aiming to posit a new genre from Mauritania, distinct unto itself; music of the 'Azawan'.”– Glitterbeat Records

For now, feel free to listen to the track in the player above and check out the music video to "Na Sane" below, which was shot on a recent roadtrip through Mauritania. "Arbina" releases on September 16th. 

Further reading: NPR

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Boombastic

Tel Aviv's Malox unveil explosive new clip featuring Echo & Tito
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There's nothing like a Ms. Bombastic to pull you back out of that holiday hole you dug for yourselves. If you were wondering how we came up with this metaphor, Tel Aviv's terrible two, alias Malox, just teamed up [...]

There's nothing like a Ms. Bombastic to pull you back out of that holiday hole you dug for yourselves. If you were wondering how we came up with this metaphor, Tel Aviv's terrible two, alias Malox, just teamed up with the equally impressive Echo & Tito, to release their joint cover and souk-tinged counterpart to Shaggy's notorious smasher "Mr. Boombastic". The track is off their latest album "Gaza Trip" released earlier this year and a real blast. 

Before you move on to the video below, we should warn you that in this case, Ms. Bombastic is a curvy, gold chain wearing British Bulldog, taking Tel Aviv in stride. But see for yourselves. 

On another note, Malox will be travelling to the People's Republic of China this November. As always you can find the dates in our live section

Have a nice weekend everybody!

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Peruvian Folklore

11 Latin American Producers Have A Go At Field Material By Vincent Moon
 

Following our tour of the Ecuadorian Highlands by ways of Nicola Cruz's brilliant mix a few weeks back, we now return to the South American continent for a sonic journey through Peruvian folklore. The latest [...]

Following our tour of the Ecuadorian Highlands by ways of Nicola Cruz's brilliant mix a few weeks back, we now return to the South American continent for a sonic journey through Peruvian folklore. The latest compilation by Latin American music and culture magazine Sounds and Colours, delivers a forward-thinking selection of tracks entitled "Sonidos Raíces del Perú".

"Our aim was to show the beauty of traditional Peruvian music and customs, but in a completely different context, by asking some of our favourite Latin American producers to reconfigure the sounds, retaining their soul but offering new environments in which they can be enjoyed."

During a 2013 trip to Peru, wayfaring French film-makerVicent Moon amassed a total of 33 albums worth of fertile field recordings, made available here on a 'Name Your Price'-basis.

"Sonidos Raíces del Perú", which translates to the "Root Sounds of Peru", features 11 stunning tracks by a handful of Latin American producers, offering up "progressive, electronic interpretations of folk artists, ancient instrumentation, rituals, religious chants and everyday sounds".

Listen to Señor Griff's "Huancadelica" in the player above and buy the album over here. You can find the source material for all tracks available for free over here. Enjoy!

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Carribean Roots

Anthony Joseph Embarks On An Afrofuturistic Journey Of His Calypso Heritage
 

"Call me 'Neckbone', I'm a man, and this is how one day, I burned down tha brewery..." – Anthony Joseph "Neckbone"

In the modern day Northern Hemisphere the Carribean is often associated with luxury cruises, [...]

"Call me 'Neckbone', I'm a man, and this is how one day, I burned down tha brewery..." – Anthony Joseph "Neckbone"

In the modern day Northern Hemisphere the Carribean is often associated with luxury cruises, leisurely island hopping and the occasional painting by Paul Gauguin. Others however, may feel reminded of a harsh colonial past, a vibrant yet scattered diaspora and a rich cultural heritage stretching from San Fernando/Scarborough, Kingston and Les Abymes to Port-au-Prince and Havana.

Anthony Joseph, the multitalented poet, novelist, musician and lecturer, described as "the leader of the Black avant-garde in Britain", is currently on a musical mission to retrace his own "Carribean Roots". June 24th marks the release of his eagerly awaited, eponymous new album on Strut/Heavenly Sweetness, an equally fertile body of work, that sees and hears Joseph strive to unite these individual island entities without diluting any individual strand:

"The idea, heard so often," says Anthony Joseph, "is that the Caribbean is a fragmented region, socially, politically, historically. In my view, it’s a unified space, with more relations than disparities. The album is asking Caribbean people to consider that their roots are in the Caribbean, that their generations run deep and that now, we can claim it as ancestral space." 

His husky baritone leaves little room for doubt that he is indeed 'the man' for the job. Joseph after all is a mesmerizing, natural born storyteller, skillfully blending music and speech as his proverbial weapons of choice.  

On "Carribean Roots" his powerful, surreal tales are brought to life before a backdrop of jazz-tinged rhythms, sounds and vibes, performed by an all-star supporting cast, including the outstanding percussionist Roger Raspail (Cesaria Evora, Papa Wemba), saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming) and Jason Yarde (Jazz Jamaica All Stars), trumpeter Yvon Guillard (Magma), bassist Mike Clinton (Salif Keita), trombonist Pierre Chabrèle (Creole Jazz Orchestra), Patrick Marie-Magdelene (Manu Dibango), celebrated Trinidad calypso icon David Rudder and Andy Narrell, master of the steel pans.

Expect a combination of effervescent voodoo funk, freejazz saxophone diversions, throbbing riffs, hypnotic basslines and emphatic brass interjections, rooted in traditional tumbélé and mendé music as well as rapso and soca beats. And don't forget to listen to the catchy single "Neckbone" in the player above. 

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Legend of Selda

Turkish Folk Icon Selda Bağcan Details Her Politically-Fueled Artistic Past

Last weekend at Barcelona's Primavera Festival Turkish folk icon Selda Bağcan took to the stage with Tel Aviv psych-rock outfit Boom Pam to present their latest collab project, alias SELDA feat. BOOM PAM. 

Back [...]

Last weekend at Barcelona's Primavera Festival Turkish folk icon Selda Bağcan took to the stage with Tel Aviv psych-rock outfit Boom Pam to present their latest collab project, alias SELDA feat. BOOM PAM. 

Back in 2014, in light of an upcoming performance at the Dutch independent music festival Le Guess Who?, Selda gave a 5-minute interview, detailing her outspoken artistic approach and past political involvement, which led to a 20-year ban and subsequent incarceration; messages that continue to resonate as we speak:

"I've always sung protest songs. I call upon the people to put up resistance. For me, lyrics are very important. What I usually do is set famous poems to music. They express everything that needs to be said. There is no need to add anything. The authorities didn't like my songs, so they banned them. Songs are more dangerous than weapons, you know."

Watch the entire interview below.

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Acordeon Reloaded

Quantic Readies '80 Years' Tribute Mix To The Lightning-Quick Anibal Velásquez
 

The inimitable and prolific musician, producer and selector Will Holland, better known as Quantic, has done it again. Currently residing in Brooklyn, the UK-born jack of all musical trades continues to dig deep, [...]

The inimitable and prolific musician, producer and selector Will Holland, better known as Quantic, has done it again. Currently residing in Brooklyn, the UK-born jack of all musical trades continues to dig deep, dedicating his latest mix to the great Anibal Velásquez, legendary and lightning-quick accordion player and singer, or as Holland puts it:

"This is a short mix dedicated to Maestro Anibal Velásquez, incredible musician and the world’s most hardcore, trail blazing Acordeon players and singers. If you can dance it, he can play it, lightning speed Guarachas are his trademark, but he has a deep back catalogue of Pasebols, Cumbias & Charangas."

It is necessary to note that Holland, who has 16 studio albums under his belt to date, spent seven years living and working in Colombia and also collaborated with Velásquez:

"When I was living in Colombia I was fortunate enough to learn accordion first hand from Anibal in his home in Barranquilla, over a year or so he schooled me on his approach, an open book on his the gun slinging technique, no button spared, bellows always drawn. His principal has sometimes been overlooked by a country consistently moving on to the next, but Anibal has been a staple of the Afro-Carribean diaspora as much as Arsenio Rodriguez or Beny More."

Velásquez as a matter of fact is one of the few artists, who began his career on the radio and is still releasing music in the digital age. Holland himself has found it hard to keep up with the latter's musical output: 

"I gave up expecting to collect every Anibal record years ago, partly because there are just so many, I think you’d need a whole Anibal room for it in your house, but maybe that's what we all need."

Anibal Velásquez just turned 80 years old. Listen to Quantic's tribute mix in the player above, fittingly entitled "80 years of Anibal: Stop that Acordeon, the celluloid is burning!".

For more Quantic, check out his SoundCloud page including this 30-minute mix revealing the musical influences of his superb 2015 album "The Western Transient – A New Constellation".  

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212 Story

Istanbul's Kaan Düzarat Lays Down Mixtape Of Anatolian Classics
 

Amongst all the political turmoil these days Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis populated by an estimate 20 million inhabitants, is set to welcome the new, biannual 212 Magazine to its glossy ranks. 

In light of [...]

Amongst all the political turmoil these days Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis populated by an estimate 20 million inhabitants, is set to welcome the new, biannual 212 Magazine to its glossy ranks. 

In light of the pioneering first issue to appear this week, local DJ, producer, record store owner Kaan Düzarat teamed up with Murat Meriç to include an exclusive essay on the history of Anatolian pop music.

To accompany his piece, the publication asked Düzarat to compile a vintage selection of Anatolian legends. So without further ado, we present you his Anatolian Pop Story in the player above, featuring the following tracks and rounded off by an edit of his own. Harika!

Aşık Veysel - Mecnunum Leylamı Gördüm
Zafer Dilek - Çiçek Dağı
Moğollar - Garip Çoban
Tehlikeli Madde - Kör Pencere / Ay Battı
Ersen ve Kardaşlar - Çakmağı Çak
Üç Hür-El - Lazoğlu
Fikret Kızılok - Koyverdin Gittin Beni
Erol Pekcan - Nihavent Longa
Mustafa Özkent - Burçak Tarlası
Ağrı Dağı Efsanesi - Deli Gönül Neylersin
Aziz Azmet - Haram
Erkut Taçkın - Sorsam Ki
Özdemir Erdoğan - Zeytin Gözlüm
Tülay German - Kızılcıklar Oldu Mu
Barış Manço - Yol Verin Ağalar Beyler
Cem Karaca ve Apaşlar - Oy Bana Bana
Selda - Nem Kaldı
MFÖ - TRT Teleskop Programı Jeneriği
Gökçen Kaynatan - Doğanın Ötesinde (İzzet Öz ananosu ile)
Mesut Aytunca ve Silüetleri - Bir Dost Bulamadım
Nathan Davis, Akagündüz Kutbay, Emin Fındıkoğlu - Çeçen Kızı
Erkin Koray ve Yeraltı Dörtlüsü - Nihansın Dideden
Nur Yoldaş - Nagehan Bustane Faslı (Kaan Düzarat Edit)

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Meat Heat Beautiful Feet

New Jewish Monkeys Video: When Suburbian Ennui Goes Freudian
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This one has been a long time coming. Nestling up to the other nine tracks on their debut album "Mania Regressia", somewhat like that pink elephant no one was willing to talk about, but whose presence was felt by [...]

This one has been a long time coming. Nestling up to the other nine tracks on their debut album "Mania Regressia", somewhat like that pink elephant no one was willing to talk about, but whose presence was felt by everyone, "Meat Heat Beautiful Feet" tells the story of suburbian ennui gone Freudian. 

It all started with a sentiment, a slight feeling of discomfort songwriter Dr. Boiko used to tell his guests about during regular weekend barbecues in his pool-flanked residence amidst dense and wild vegetation, located somewhere between greed and guilt. 

As this innate frustration grew, the song itself evolved: a song lamenting the overwhelming boredom and dullness of that oversaturated and oversexed suburbian lifestyle, alias the ennui of having it all. 

And so the Jewish Monkeys turned to the multitalented Billy Levy, frontwoman of the rock band Billy and the Firm and visionary director (i.e. Balkan Beat Box), to produce this brand new, scintillating music video and release the guys' subconscious musings out into the open. 

What may be perceived as disturbing then, is no more than that ruthless Jewish Monkeys candour, an outlet for their innermost emotions and forbidden feelings. Watch the provocative clip below and listen to an early live version of the song in the player above. 

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Liraz

Israeli Actress & Singer/Songwriter Embraces Her Persian Musical Roots

To label her up-and-coming would not be doing her prolific career justice: Liraz Charhi, alias Liraz, was born into a family that was all about 'the arts' and grew up surrounded by classical Persian music. Her [...]

To label her up-and-coming would not be doing her prolific career justice: Liraz Charhi, alias Liraz, was born into a family that was all about 'the arts' and grew up surrounded by classical Persian music. Her family had emigrated to Israel in the 70s at the brink of the Iranian Revolution. She began singing, dancing and playing the piano at an early age and instantly knew this was her future.

As an actress, she's worked with Hollywood icons the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, but has also appeared on stages across Israel, where she has become a household name and face, gracing local magazine covers. 

Not to forget her burgeoning musical career: With several Hebrew recordings under her belt she  has long since wowed crowds, delivering groundbreaking performances. (Watch her Farsi cover of Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do", set in Istanbul)

During her regular visits to Los Angeles for film work, she increasingly came in touch with the expatriate Persian/Iranian community and culture there, dubbed 'Tehrangeles', while being exposed to the counter-revolutionary sounds of singers such as the legendary Googoosh and the renowned Dariush.

This encouraged her to return to her Persian roots and, as expressed in a recent interview with Israeli daily Haaretz, to "provide a voice for silenced Iranian women". She is now reinventing herself and forging ahead with a new album, fusing modern sounds and beats with her own ethnic flavour in Farsi and Hebrew.

For this, she teamed up with acclaimed beats producer Rejoicer (Raw Tapes) to produce an album that boasts a rich mix of "Middle Eastern spice and clean-cut beats", both cover versions and original songs, updated by Rejoicer's freshly sampled beats and performed with a handful of Iranian musicians. 

Listen to her debut single "Nozi Nozi" below, featuring Rejoicer on keys, Malox's Roy Chen on drums and the stunning Liraz on vocals. 

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