La Paloma hosts world music March 1 with Yemen Blues and Ravid Kahalani


The Center for Jewish Culture in collaboration with the House of Israel and A Culture of Peace proudly presents Yemen Blues — with Ravid Kahalani in a San Diego premiere performance.

The show, sponsored by the Leichtag Foundation, will be at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

Hailed by Time Out Chicago as “one of the most exciting bands in world music right now,” Yemen Blues creates a joyous sound that mixes Yemenite, West African and jazz influences.

Yemenite vocalist and composer Kahalani leads a rare combination of musicians from New York, Uruguay and Tel Aviv to produce thoroughly original music that ranges from blues to funk and mambo to African soul. Yemen Blues is about creating what Kahalani calls “moments of soul,” swooping from clear falsetto into a gravelly baritone, switching from Yemenite Arabic to Hebrew to Haitian Creole.

Tickets are on sale now through the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Visit or call the box office at 858-362-1348. The La Paloma Theatre is not selling tickets for Yemen Blues. Tickets are $20 for JCC members and $25 for the general public.

La Paloma Theatre is at 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

Ravid Kahalani was born in 1978 in Israel to a Yemenite family which originated from Kohlan near Sanaa district in Yemen. Coming from a Yemenite-Jewish culture that is well- known for its singing talents, his family has a great history of singers. One of them was Zacharia Yitzhak, a traditional singer and cantor. Kahalani remembers himself singing at the age of 5, and as the son of a conservative family, he used to sing liturgy in the synagogue. After a brief foray into acting, Kahalani returned to music, immersing himself in the sounds and styles of various cultures. He eventually became the lead singer in Idan Raichel’s World Music Project before forming Yemen Blues.