Leah Avraham, Ofer Kalaf, Shay Tsabari, Tom Fogel and other musicians gather together to tell the enthralling tale of Yosef Hatsadiq, as reflected in Yemenite Jewish culture. The biblical story of Joseph will be combined with the tradition of the story of Joseph as told by the women of Yemen—sacred diwan poetry and mystical dance connect Yosef Hatsadiq of the Torah and of the Quran with the handsome Yosef related by the women of Yemen. These distinct facets of Yosef are present in the folktale Kitsat Yosef (the story of Joseph) in Yemenite culture. Written in Judeo-Arabic it includes Jewish and Islamic sources. Yosef is also present in the poems of the cabbalist Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, whose poetry is filled with mystical emotions and is a kind of Jewish Sufi poetry. The story of Yosef, which crosses borders of religion and gender, is presented for the first time in the Oud Festival.
Leah Avraham, vocals, dance; Eviatar Said, vocals, dance; Ofer Kalaf, vocals; Shay Tsabari, vocals; Tom Fogel, vocals; Elyasaf Bashari, oud; Einat Harel, drums
Photo Ofer Kalaf: Oded Antman
Photo Shay Tsabari: Zohar Shitrit
Photo Tom Fogel: Oded Antman
Photo Leah Avraham: Enosh Avraham Nahum
22nd Jerusalem International Oud Festival, 2021
18–27 November 2021