A-WA, which in English means “Yes!”, consists of three sisters of Yemeni origin who were born in Shaharut, a community of approximately 30 families in the desert Arava Valley in southern Israel. They mix traditional chants and rhythms with hip-hop, funk and electronic music, becoming the most explosive musical appearance in Israel in recent years. Their songs and the language they use to communicate them build bridges between cultures, their music unites ancestral melodies with contemporary sounds. A combination that has been praised by media such as Rolling Stone, ELLE, Glamour, and Stylist Magazine, and attracted stars like Pitbull himself who did a remix of their hit-single “Habib Galbi”. In its concerts and videoclips, A-WA cries out for a femininity and feminism without cultural or aesthetic borders. The sisters use sarcasm and irony to denounce social issues that concern them. Their artistic abilities transcend the musical as they intervene very actively in the script and direction of their videoclips, their image and graphic design and in their wardrobe.
A-WA – “Habib Galbi” (Official Video):
A-WA live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert:
A-WA live – Habib Galbi – Galaxy Barn @ Pickathon 2017:
A-WA live – Womex Showcase 2015:
A-WA – “Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman” (Official Video):