Light in Babylon

by Miriam Rossius

There is no Babylonian linguistic confusion here, but a harmonious diversity of languages. Front woman Michal Elia Kamal sings in Hebrew, Turkish and also Farsi, even though she has never been to Iran. But it is the place where part of her Jewish family has its roots. Michal herself was born in Israel and is therefore not allowed to enter Iran. Nonetheless she feels a deep attachment with the country, but also with other cultures.

For ten years now Istanbul is the place to best express herself music wise. In 2010 together with guitarist Julien Demarque from France and Turkish santur player Metehan Çiftçi she founded a trio which in the beginning mainly performed cover songs. As soon as they developed their own style with original compositions and traditional material it became clear that something quite special is happening here. Songlines Magazine enthusiastically writes: „Light in Babylon comes out loud and clear, across time and space. No fake Orientalism or Chilled-out lounge sounds are to be heard from this strong band, which today represent some of the best music coming out of the east of the Mediterranean...“

Light in Babylon

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