Boomkat Product Review:
Searing dabke rhythms and Arabic pop melodies by Israeli Palestinian duo Zenobia, hot out of Haifa on Acid Arab’s division of Crammed Discs. Pure party fuel...
“Emerging from the vibrant Palestinian electronic music scene, Zenobia have made a big impression over a short period of time: the band started performing a couple of years ago, and has already toured around the globe.
Zenobia’s music combines powerful beats, Levantine dabke rhythms and Arabic pop melodies. The band draw their inspiration from pop & folk music from all over the region (Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria). They refine their songs by taking them back and forth between their studio and the stage, where they improvise a lot, and feed off the audience reactions.
The band consists of Nasser Halahlih and Isam Elias. Nasser was a pioneer in the local scene, he was arguably the first Palestinian electronic music producer, back in the late 90s. Young, fleet-fingered keyboardist Isam’s background is in European classical music, he grew up in Nazareth, while Nasser hails from (and still lives) in Shefa Amr, a small town situated between Haifa and Nazareth.”