When Bytie Phi Rasi sang in 1949 from the point of view of “her” sisters’ great-grandmother, Rachel, Tahir explains that this music retains “its” heritage. A-WA’s wants to make to. In the context of the current global crisis with refugees, Sister Haim hopes that the history of their great-grandmother will attract the attention of people, especially women, who find themselves in a similar situation today. The ladies take what they have inherited from previous generations – Yemeni harmonies, melodies and traditions – and consciously carry them into the 21st century, with rhythms and production effects that the great-grandmother would never have known about. While A-WA was at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., at the Tiny Desk concert, participants discussed the band’s musical message with Ari Shapiro of NPR. The songs on this album are inspired by our great-grandmother,” says Tahir’s older sister. A-BA is made up of three Israeli sisters – Thair, Leron and Tagel Haim. The melodic three Yemeni women of Yemeni descent focus on mixing their cultural traditions with avant-garde changes in sound, image and ethics. The latest A-WA album, Bayti Fi Rasi, is now available. The sisters are known for their fascinating music videos that challenge gender stereotypes. We want to participate,” says Tahir. “She travelled from Yemen to Israel as a single mother and (Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman) talks about “her” arrival in Israel. Imagine women dressed in a traditional pink fluorescent suit across the desert. Audio editor Emily Kopp and web editor Sidney Madden contributed to the story.
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