photo & text by nacrowe
sometimes you come across something that is well outside of your comfort zone that you find COMPELLING but cant quite put your finger on it. it is by nature ELUSIVE and MYSTERIOUS. that is how i feel about the pop trio A-WA, which is made up of three YEMINITE ISRAELI sisters and is an INTRIGUING hybrid of their community's TRADITIONAL MUSIC mixed with MODERN ELECTRONIC and HIP HOP production.
i spent a little over a year in KUWAIT and was exposed to music from the region, both in and outside of class, but its been a question thats dogged me for years about what confluence of events led me not to investigate further that musical tradition. was it the language barrier? that didnt stop me in JAPAN, VENEZUELA, MYANMAR or ALBANIA. was it the inhospitable social environment that was KUWAIT? maybe, but NIGERIA and VENEZUELA were both physically DANGEROUS places when i was there and again, that didnt deter me. maybe i just wasnt ready at the time. the closest i ever got to appreciating such was probably my interest in the serenely ELEGANT vocals of NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN on the epic PETER GABRIEL PASSION (review linked HERE) soundtrack from decades ago.
regardless, A-WA is quite REFRESHING and i look forward to further investigating them. at the very least they are well worth checking out.