Yemen Blues

New Culture Music blending Yemenite, West African, Latin & Jazz

Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani is part Prince, part James Brown, and his music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul. Traditional folkways and devotional song intersect effortlessly with heavy grooves and transcendental jams.

“Some acts are so unique, so hard to describe, they even go so far as to invent their own language” -Time Out

In this quartet iteration,  Ravid Kahalani (guembri) is accompanied by Shanir Blumenkrantz (bass, oud), as well as trumpet and drums.


The beautiful backyard of Beit Ahavah at Florence Congregational Church (130 Pine Street, Florence) is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to listen to music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing.


Many people are ready to shed their masks. Others may have not yet been vaccinated, may have underlying vulnerabilities, or may be protecting loved ones who do.

We’d like everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at our events. To that end, we will be dividing the lawn into a masked and unmasked section. Please select the section where you feel most comfortable.

In addition:

  1. Wearing a mask is mandatory if you aren’t fully vaccinated yet, despite the outdoor setting. By default, this applies to all children under 12.
  2. Vaccinated or not — we ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the event, walking around, or waiting in line to use the restroom.


If rain is forecasted, we will move the event indoors to the Sanctuary and everyone will be required to wear masks for the duration of the show.

6PM BYO picnic. Music at 7PM.

Co-presented with Beit Ahava with generous support by the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Major funding for this event provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Community Grant.

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