Desert Roots:

Concert and Presentation

by Dror Sinai

Sunday, November 20

USA 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET

UK 8:00 pm / France 09:00 pm / Israel 10:00 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Dror will take us on a beautiful journey around Yemen, Spain and North Africa from the 10th century until today, through songs of spirit and awe, songs of thanks and songs of love and hope.

Singing and chanting Jewish songs in Hebrew, Arabic and Aramaic, we'll explore the poetry of multicultural attitudes and experiences. We will unveil how these chants inspired and connected Jews from different times and places, but with the same longings and spiritual quests.

Dror will accompany his singing with a variety of percussion instruments including a Doumbek (an hourglass Middle Eastern drum also known as Tabla or Darbuka) Tar, Duff & Bendir (a Mideastern & North African Frame drums) a Riq (Mideastern tambourine), Cajon (box drum) bells, shakers and rattles.

Dror's personality and energy, his great stories, sense of humour and entertaining delivery will make this a beautiful, exciting and healing journey.

About Dror

Dror Sinai grew up in Israel to a family with origins in Syria, Turkey and Yemen. In this environment, prayers, chants, music and dance were all part of the culture and lifestyle.

From an early age Dror has been playing hand drums, singing and dancing traditional Jewish Middle Eastern music, and today he is an international performer and educator. He received the Gail Rich award for supporting the Arts, and is a founding member of the World Music Committee for the Percussive Arts Society.

Dror has been a featured instructor for Spectra of the Santa Cruz Arts Council, and at clinics during PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). He has performed on the "Peace Boat" as well as at The World Sacred Music Festival, Fez, Morocco.

He is the Founder of RHYTHM FUSION, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California, and also leads musical and cultural explorations bringing tour groups to Morocco (

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With your contribution you will also be donating to the "Shahar Avakeshkha שחר אבקשך" project, which aims at preserving the tradition of North African Jewry mainly through keeping alive the tradition of singing Bakkashot (supplications) and Andalusian music in Israel.

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