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Tair,Tagel and Liron Haim, the sisters who make up the band Yemenite-Israeli band A-Wa. (Courtesy A-Wa)
Tair,Tagel and Liron Haim, the sisters who make up the band Yemenite-Israeli band A-Wa. (Courtesy A-Wa)
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What do you get when three sisters from the Negev Desert in Israel fuse the folk songs of their Yemeni ancestors with modern day hip-hop and electronica?

You get the A-Wah, which means "yeah" in Arabic slang. The band is made up of three sisters — Tagel, Tair and Liron Haim. They come from southern Israel near the Egyptian border — with grandparents who immigrated from Yemen. So, they grew up listening to a mix of Yeminite and Greek folk music as well as jazz, R&B and rock 'n' roll — all of which inspires their musical sound.

A-Wa is performing Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Armory as part of the Jewish Arts Collaborative.

Guests

Tair Haim, A-Wa vocals

Tagel Haim, A-Wa vocals.

Liron Haim, A-Wa vocals.

Nitzan Eisenberg, A-Wa bass.

Yogev Glusman, A-Wa guitar and violin.

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WBUR: South X Lullaby: A-WA

  • "We first fell in love with A-WA in a badass video for their party song 'Habib Galbi,' complete with tasseled snapbacks on track-suited dancers. But at midnight during the SXSW music festival, the Israeli sister trio sang us a quiet lullaby in All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's hotel room."

This segment aired on March 24, 2016.

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