Named WORLD MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2013) Jaffa Road’s second release Where the Light Gets In, also garnered a JUNO AWARD (Canada’s music awards) nomination.
With pulsating dub grooves, ambient electronic textures, and enough rollicking rhythms to make your belly dance, Jaffa Road will transport listeners to the Middle East, India, Spain, North America and all points in between.
Also winners of a John Lennon Songwriting Award, Jaffa Road was also named “Best World Music Artist” at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Their debut, Sunplace, was nominated for a JUNO award and featured on CBC’s Canada Live.
Aptly named for one of the oldest streets in Jerusalem, Jaffa Road unites multiple cultures and nationalities as it winds its way towards the port of Jaffa. Hebrew, Ladino, English, Arabic and French lyrics blend with genres of Sephardic, Arabic and Indian music, intertwined with jazz, blues, electronica, dub and rock. Theirs is world music on a mission – peace through an unparalleled musical experience that, just like the road they’re named for, brings us together as one people.
Where the Light Gets In (WTLGI) features the unforgettable, entrancing vocals of Aviva Chernick, the rare musicianship of Aaron Lightstone (band founder, oud, guitar, synthesizer), Jeffrey Wilson (percussion), and Sundar Viswanathan saxophone/flute/vocals). Bass and a very distinctive style of production are provided by producer and former band member Chris Gartner. On WTLGI the band is also joined by some world class international guest artists. Specifically;
Yair Dalal (Israel) - violin
Hazzan Aaron Bensoussan (Morocco) - voice
Amir Amiri (Iran) - santoor
Michael Rennie - (South Africa) - voice and violin.
The distinctive sound of Lightstone’s oud opens “Ana El Na”, bathed in Chernick’s warm, liquid vocals while the band follows with deep bass, exotic percussive technique, synth, violin and bansuri. Six key words translate to “please heal her” – forming an addictive, chanted plea to heal Mother Earth. The more upbeat “Sim Shalom”, adapted from an ancient Jewish prayer continues the hope for world peace, leaning more heavily on guitar and Chernick’s stunning vocal, complete with a breakaway, jazz-like detour.
The track “Avre Los Ojos” is an interpretation of a centuries-old Turkish song – an early protest song first recorded in 1907, and not since until now! “On Your Way” might be the closest thing to a hit single if there were such a thing, riding on Chernick’s pure chorus, while oud, bass violin and propulsive percussion keep it beyond buoyant and highly accessible.
Guest Yair Dalal’s violin on “Hamidbar Medaber” casts a hypnotic spell across this distinctly Indian-spiced dream sequence while Chernick’s vocal duets with Viswanathan’s sax in their depiction of sky above the Namibian desert. You can literally hear warm sand drifting.
12 songs in all create a road far more active than any typical 2-way street – it’s multi-lane, allowing for many detours along its length, offering up cutting-edge music at the global crossroads.
Includes unlimited streaming of Where the light gets in via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Includes unlimited streaming of Where the light gets in
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.