Ethio-jazz and electronics mix with deconstructed Yemeni instrumentals on El Khat’s debut LP

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With string and percussion instruments built from household objects.

Four piece band El Khat are releasing their debut LP, titled Saadia Jefferson, this November via Batov Records.

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After finishing his tenure with the Andalusian Orchestra, bandleader Eyal became determined to discover his Yemeni roots when his wife gave him a compilation of Yemeni music.

Recorded in Eyal’s backstreet studio in Tel Aviv, El Khat created percussion and string instruments from objects including petrol canisters, tomato cans, and bicycle wheels.

Using these homemade instruments alongside guitars, trumpets, darbuckas and electronic sequencers, Saadia Jefferson deconstructs traditional Yemeni folk songs with its mix of frenzied percussive rhythms and Ethio-jazz influences.

Head here for more info in advance of its 22nd of November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Ya Raiyat – ياراعيات
2. Ptiha – مفاتحة
3. Balagh Al Achbaab – بلغ الاحباب
4. Ala Jina Nuhayiykum – الا جينا نحييكم
5. Atabina – Part II – الطبينة

Side B

1. Wahed Mozawej – واحد مزوج
2. Daasa – دعسه
3. Marhaban Ahlan – مرحبا اهلا
4. Al Ard’ Amamak – Part II – الأرض أمامك