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Hailing from the small farming village of Shaharut in Southern Israel, A-Wa (pronounced ay-wah) consists of a trio of sisters whose melding of ancient Yemenite songs with hip-hop, reggae, and electronic dance music has resulted in a sophisticated and utterly unique sound. Singing and dancing from a young age, Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim began collaborating as adults, delving deep into their heritage where they discovered a treasure trove of nearly lost chants and folk songs in the Yemenite Arabic dialect. Through experimentation, they fused their love of jazz, rock, reggae, R&B, and hip-hop with these traditional songs and melodies, performing at local festivals and releasing homemade videos. After approaching Balkan Beat Box's Tomer Yosef to produce their efforts, they refined their global sound, landing a number one Israeli hit with the single "Habib Galbi" from their debut album of the same name. ~ Timothy Monger

Shaharut, Israel

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