Biography

A-WA (pronounced Ay-wa) is a band formed by 3 sisters: Tair, Liron & Tagel Haim. who grew up in the small desert village of ‘Shaharut’ in the southern Israeli Arava Valley. With unique magical voices and lots of natural groove, the sisters combine Yemenite folk singing with electronic dance music. These days, the intriguing debut album of A-WA, produced by Tomer Yosef (from Balkan Beat Box) is at its final stage and should be released sometime this year. The album contains love and protest songs of women in the Yemeni-Arabic dialect, that were passed on as an oral tradition and were first recorded in the early 60′s by the Yemeni singer-songwriter Shlomo Moga’a. The original combination of timeless Yemenite folk songs that the sisters grew up on with the modern approach of electronic beats & grooves gave rise to an exciting show with a refreshing new sound.

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Tour Dates

9/15 @ World Music Fest – Chicago, IL
9/16 @ Lotus World Music Fest – Bloomington, IN
9/17 @ Madison World Music Fest – Madison, WI
9/18 @ Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
9/20 @ Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
9/24 @ Symbiosis Gathering – Oakdale, CA
9/25 @ Skirball Center – Los Angeles, CA