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Audio: Temani Father, Rocker Son - Shaqua Plays the Music of Yemen

Interview with Shahar "Shaqua" Amram on his famous father and his own musical path.
12/16/2012, 7:40 PM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Shahar Amram spent years abroad as the rocker "Shaqua", playing music he describes as "a cross between Bob Dylan and Alice in Chain". Now he is performing the music of his father, Aharon Amram, known as Israel's father of Yemenite (Temani) music. "We have something unique here, a different sound that western ears are not used to." To hear his music, and his story, download the podcast. And find out what his famosu father thought when he and his brother joined a Guns N' Roses cover band.

Plus, music from Ofra Haza, a song by Madonna that uses verses from Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, jazz from Yoel Taib and the Techelet Ensemble and a new track from Gad Elbaz.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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