El Khat - Songlines Music Awards 2023 Nominee | Songlines

Africa & Middle East Award Nominee

El Khat
Albat Alawi Op. 99 on Glitterbeat Records

El Khat By Marina Charchiyan 1 Copy
El Khat Aalbat Alawi Op.99 (3500) Copy

Named after the drug chewed from Somalia to the Middle East, El Khat are a cheerfully inventive band led by Eyal el Wahab, a Yemeni living in Israel who wrote most of his band’s second album and plays many of the instruments, some constructed by himself. The resulting Albat Alawi Op. 99 is a kaleidoscope of sounds with the best tracks dominated by exuberant, wailing horns, chanted vocals and sturdy percussion.

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