Dudu Tassa and Jonny Greenwood today premiere the third and final piece in their series of filmed live performances for their album ‘Jarak Qaribak’, released last month to great critical acclaim. ‘Lhla Yzid Ikthar’, a Moroccan composition, was filmed live at the Hamam in Tel Aviv, and sees Tassa take the lead vocal himself.
Tassa commented: “Personally, the choice of the song I wanted to sing in this project was natural and straightforward. Abdelwahab doukali’s song “Lahla Yzid Ktar” is well known and widely loved among immigrants from Morocco. The song has an elusive and beautiful melody which is moving, and it is quite challenging musically. For those wondering about the word “gulha”, it literally means “say it”:)”
The live video launch follows the cinematic visual for recent single ‘Ahibak’, an Israeli song featuring guest vocals from UAE singer Safae Essafi. Directed by Ilan Azoulay and shot in Morocco, the video tells the story of love and the struggle between tradition and progress across three family generations.
‘Jarak Qaribak’, loosely translating from Arabic as ‘Your Neighbour is Your Friend’, was produced by Tassa & Greenwood and mixed by Nigel Godrich. The songs on the album, and the singers, are drawn from all over the Middle East – and, in keeping with the theme established by the album’s title, each singer takes a turn at a tune from a country other than their own.
November will see Tassa & Greenwood tour ‘Jarak Qaribak’, including appearances at Le Guess Who in the Netherlands and Pitchfork Music Festival in London and Berlin.
14 September – Tel Aviv, Israel – Hangar 11
02 November – Berlin, DE – Pitchfork Music Festival
04 November – Paris, FR – La Seine Musicale
07 November – Gent, BE – Vooruit
09 November – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
10 November – London, UK – Pitchfork Music Festival (Hackney Church)
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