Born in Jaffa to a family of Yemeni Jews, Israeli singer-songwriter Shai Tsabari, accompanied by the Middle East Groove All Stars, creates an upbeat, uplifting sound at the intersection of Middle Eastern music and contemporary rock.
Drawing from the diverse musical influences of Tsabari’s upbringing—his father was a cantor, his grandmother introduced him to Yemenite percussion instruments, and his older brother collected 1960s and 1970s American rock albums—Tsabari’s music combines Middle Eastern instrumentation such as the oud, doumbec, and tar with guitar, bass, drums, trombone, and electronics. By experimenting with sounds and incorporating traditional Jewish liturgy into his lyrics, Tsabari is at the forefront of a growing movement of Israeli rock musicians who are redefining what it means to be both Middle Eastern and Jewish.
"Shai Tsabari sings so true, with a voice that reaches out for miles around, beyond all genres. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like, to hear Shai Tsabari is to love him.” Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East blog