New & Noteworthy: El Khat – Ya Raiyat


El Khat's dismantled Yemeni folk-funk.El Khat are releasing their debut album called ‘Saadia Jefferson’, via Batov Records this November.

The band led by inventor, carpenter and music producer Eyal El Wahab dismantle Yemeni folk-funk to create their own unique and forward-thinking sound, and we love it.

The 12-track project was recorded in Eyal’s backstreet studio in Tel Aviv filled with mics, speakers and a lot of junk, much of which has been repurposed and turned into instruments of every persuasion.

Saadia Jefferson - سعديا جيفيرسون by El Khat -

Across the album, you’ll hear songs sung in Yemeni Arabic, and  instruments including the self-named ‘Kearat’, a large steel bowl with a piece of wood, some nails and screws and six strings sounding like a Banjo-Bass as well as a fuel plastic container and olive oil containers.

Listen to ‘Ya Raiyat’ the first fruit from the album.

Head here to buy the LP in advance of its 23rd November release, check out the artwork above and tracklisting below.



A1. Ya Raiyat – ياراعيات

A2. Ptiha – مفاتحة

A3. Balagh Al Achbaab – بلغ الاحباب

A4. Ala Jina Nuhayiykum – الا جينا نحييكم

A5. Atabina – Part II – الطبينة


B1. Wahed Mozawej – واحد مزوج

B2. Daasa – دعسه

B3. Marhaban Ahlan – مرحبا اهلا

B4. Al Ard’ Amamak – Part II – الأرض أمام

CF Smith

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