Soul buddies Ehud Banai and Galileans George Samaan and Salem Darwish have been collaborating for 30 years. Together, they create a splendid musical bridge—between cultures, nations, languages and people. This time they host singer-songwriter Luna Abu Nassar. This Arabic and Hebrew bilingual performance reflects a strong bond of love and respect between peoples, lands and nations. This is an evening during which two seemingly opposing sides are joined, creating a single flow—through music.
The songs and the stories, filled with emotion and humor, link the Galilee town of Rameh with Banai’s childhood in the alleyways of Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem, near and distant landscapes that are different but also similar. Thus, the opening song Tsur mishelo akhalnu shares its melody with Asmar al-lawn, a well known Arab folksong. From here, it becomes clear that all is one and that things, people, and nations are connected, with more in common than divides them.
Ehud Banai, vocals, guitar; George Samaan, vocals, oud, violin; Salem Darwish, vocals, percussion; Luna Abu Nassar, vocals; Gil Smetana, bass guitar; Nitzan Hen Razel, violin
Luna Abu Nassar. Photo: Yoav Pichersky
George Samaan, Ehud Banai and Salem Darwish. Photo: Revital Topol