We’ve already written a lot about the Positive intercultural concert series in Haifa, an intercultural initiative produced by Arab and Jewish college students. Positive is a fun, casual meeting ground for people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, and an opportunity for Jews and Arabs to bond and collaborate over a shared love of music, art and life. Positive is the product of a long-term partnership with the Social Involvement Unit at the University of Haifa.
Following the huge success of the last round of digital concerts, which took place throughout the month of May, the Positive Team produced another concert series, which definitely lived up to expectations. Concerts were broadcast on Facebook Live every Tuesday during the month of August.
In case you missed it, or want to catch the concerts a second time, we’ve brought you the full concerts here:
They grew up in the same town but their paths never crossed until years later. Life took each member on their own course, and years went by until music brought them together. Three musicians from the Arab town of Jat – Mohamed Badran on oud, Ibrahim Wated on percussion, and the vocalist Maram Wated-Abu Kaoud. The ensemble was infused with new life when the Jaffa-based musician Amin Saig joined on violin.
Their sound takes us back to the heyday of classical Arabic music, from the Lebanese Fairouz and Wadih El Safi, to Sabah Fakhri and Syrian folk music, all the way to the classical greats from Egypt, like Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Umm Kulthum.
Nostalgia isn’t just a name; it’s these musicians’ passion for timeless Arabic music.
The members of Kabatash studied with the topic teachers of traditional music in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, and live and breath Arab maqam music. Their music takes you straight to a celebration in Asia Minor: the taverns of Greece, the mountains of Bulgaria, the royal courtyards of the Ottaman Empire.
Maayan Tzafrir – Vocals
Ben Dagowitz – Percussion
Ariel Bareli – Lebata
Lillian Bezalel – Turkish and Arabic ney
Marc Kirjner – Bass
Mira Awad ميرا عوض
Mira Awad creates Arabic fusion music, which she has brought all over the world. Her concert is based on a repertoire of original works, composed by Awad, mostly in Arabic, but with touches of English and Hebrew.
Awad is accompanied by the guitarist Shai Alon.
The ensemble Chorolê is a mix of Israeli and Brazilian musicians who came together over their shared love of Brazilian music. Over time, the group developed a unique sound — a blend of traditional Brazilian choro music, jazz and Israeli music. Chorolê offers a combination of choro classics, original music and Brazilian rearrangements of Israeli songs. The musicians play instruments that are unique to the genre: pandeiro , 7-string guitar (sachi) and quaqinio.
Salit Lahav – Flute, saxophone and accordion
Nir Steinberg – 7-string guitar
Daniel Ring (Brazil) – Quaqinio
Oded Aloni – Pandeiro and percussion
Yonatan Hadas – Clarinet
We are so proud of the Positive team for putting on such an awesome show. We can wait till next time.
Positive is an initiative of the Arab-Jewish Community Leadership program at the University of Haifa, and is made possible by the generous support of the Levi Lassen Foundation Netherlands.
Mabat Intercultural Community activities are made possible by the generous support of the United States Embassy in Israel.