El Khat (Yemen/Israel)

El Khat (Yemen/Israel)


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El Khat
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  • country:Israel
  • style(s):Yemenite
  • label:Batov Records
  • type:Band
  • artist posted by:Batov Records

Line up

  • Eyal El Wahab (seer, kearat (self-made instruments) & lead vocals)
  • Gilad Halaween (electric guitar, manuela & backing vocals)
  • Iby Iban Wakir (trumpets, mizmar (self-made), organ &vocals)
  • Ido Chitayat (drums (self-made))


Showcase Times:
Friday 23 October 18:30 CEST
Friday 23 October 21:00 CEST

It creaks and rattles, the screws are loose, but it holds together and it moves magnificently. It's the sound of El Khat, an international deconstruction squad from Tel Aviv led by Eyal El Wahab, a son of the Yemeni Jewish diaspora on a mission to recover his roots.

He found his epiphanous mojo in a collection of Yemeni folk and pop records of the 60's, sparking a bout of instrument building from bits of wood, saucepans, wire and rope, and the formation of the band with three friends from Polish, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds adding trumpet, guitar, disco-keyboards and hybrid jazz/junk percussion to El Wahab's heartfelt vocals and slippery inventions on his homemade bass.

As undulatingly stimulating as the eponymous plant, El Khat mix trash and tradition in a timely urban reclamation of a disenfranchised culture.

Contact Artist

Special thanks to the following people who helped make our Virtual Showcase possible:

Director & Editor: Ben Kirschenbaum
Videographers: Amit Neeman, Ben Kirschenbaum
Production Company: Eyechant
Sound Engineer & Mixer: Yaron Sarel
Backline: Yosi Yadid
Production Manager: Mai Tzaban
Project Manager: Dan Basman

Band Manager: Doron (Kobayashi) Erez

With Support From:

The Israeli Lottery Council for Culture & Arts
Music Port Israel - Independent Musicians Community