Shye Ben-Tzur is an acclaimed Israeli composer,
producer and performer based in North India for
the past decade, playing Rajasthani rhythms with
Western sounds. He is a Hebrew Qawwali singer.
After attending a concert in Israel by the Indian
classical musicians Hari Prasad Chaurasia and
Zakir Hussain, he became interested in Indian
music, which brought him into contact with
Qawwali. He went to Ajmer in India, Rajasthan's
most important Sufi shrine, where he trained and
collaborated with the qawwali musicians of Ajmer.
Qawwali is a form of ecstatic Muslim devotional
In 2004, he performed at Jahan-e-Khusrau, the
prestigious international Sufi music festival held in
New Delhi. He also performed with his group at
the Jaipur Literature Festival 2009, and has
toured in Israel.
His debut album Heeyam ("Supreme Love") was
recorded in India, Israel, and USA. It was
released in 2003, and earned great praise. In
Heeyam, Shye worked with traditional Sufi Qawwali singers, who have been learning his
compositions and poetry, and sung them in Hebrew.
From his personal life experiences Ben-Tzur
has succeeded to bring his own ancient
culture alive into a unique cross cultural
work. Besides working with the Qawwali
communities across India, in the past few
years Shye has also been collaborating with
different folk musicians from the Rajasthan