Gulaza (Israel/Yemen)

Secret women songs from Yemen

15 February 2019 - Evening

Gandhi Ground

About Gulaza:

After 3 years of participating in most prestigious festivals in Europe Gulaza is arriving for the first time to Udaipur World Music Festival

“Revealing Yemenite women’s hidden universe to the world”

Breaking ethnic and musical boundaries has become second nature for Gulaza. Using theatrical and ceremonial elements, Gulaza revives and revamps ancient Jewish Yemenite women’s songs, offering the audience a phenomenal aural and visual experience.

Mystical texts that for centuries were handed down from mother to daughter, from generation to generation, acquire a contemporary interpretation in a memorable instrumental composition.

Through Igal Gulaza Mizrachi’s sultry performance and a unique combination of instruments, the audience is cast into an entrancing world of prayer, passion, dance, love and longing for freedom. There is no doubt about it — Gulaza will continue to leave audiences in awe throughout the world, as it has done so far.

“You get that when you see and hear Mizrahi strutting his stuff on stage. His voice, emphatic dictation and presence grab you by the heartstrings and don’t let go.” (Songlines, October 2018)

“With each melody, ... and through Igal Mizrahi’s soaring voice, the songs become laments for freedom and yearning for love.” (World Music, July 2016)

Musicians: Igal Gulaza Mizrahi - vocals and percussion, Leat Sabbah - cello Yair Hashahar - guitars, David Dagmi - Jumbush and percussion