“As nAbi, the duo are bringing a new dimension to dancefloors, mixing traditional Jewish Yemenite sounds with Hebrew and Arabic vocals layered on club-ready beats.” Mixmag
„Matching scorching bass elements to hip-hop beats, lucid electronics, and a hefty dose of re-tooled traditional Middle East culture” Clash Mag
“nAbi’s soundscape is immediately striking, combining musical elements of their Middle Eastern and Mediterranean heritage with such seemingly disparate genres as hip-hop and electro-bass.” High Snobiety
Tel-Aviv beatmakers nAbi broke onto the scene earlier this year, and immediately made a distinct impact, with their conscious and wild club bangers mixing heavy beats and middle eastern arrangements. After the success of their single “Kapara” that introduced Yemenite singer Magi Hikri on vocals, the band recently released a second single featuring Magi and today an exclusive remix of the same track by Tyler Pope (of LCD Soundsystem) and Mario Andreoni (of !!! / ChkChkChk)
MAGI HIKRI: has made a name for herself over the past years with a handful of singles and an album on her own. Born and bred in the Yemenite neighborhood of south Tel Aviv, and having an Iraqi grandmother, Magi’s first sonic encounters included 2000 year-old Yemeni prayers and contemporary Iraqi music. The storytelling structure and emotional content of Arabian music naturally led to her interest in Hip-Hop, soul, rock, electro dance grooves and ultimately to the collaboration with “nAbi”
NABI: is both the Hebrew and Arab word for “prophet”, the brainchild of the two music producers Ori Rousso and Matan Spenser. Ori and Matan who have been working together since 8 years, made an effort to reach out to the talented hotpot of artists in their field by collaborating with local artists rather than sampling older music.
Musical community is a big theme of their project: “We come from a middle eastern country that is soaked in the cultures of the people who live here, who originally came from Arabic countries and at the same time this is a place that is heavily connected and influenced by western culture and we believe that expressing this combination through our music is the best way for us to express our identity”.
nAbi’s own particular combo of traditional Jewish Yemenite sounds and club beats has a long legacy in dance history; from Coldcut’s cheekily uncredited sample of Ofra Haza in the benchmark remix of Eric B And Rakim’s “Paid In Full”, to the more recent record-breaking results of A-WA updating the Yemenite sound all the way to the top of the charts all over the Middle East.
KAPARA – https://youtu.be/YSSs5tPKvZQ
SAM SAM – https://youtu.be/zHMW8QfMkjE
LADAAT – https://youtu.be/_GVr9Ae7KwM
SACHI – https://youtu.be/GIpvHca7zIU
Soundcloud – https://nAbi.lnk.to/Soundcloud
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Bandcamp – https://nAbi.lnk.to/Bandcamp