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A fascinating ensemble of seven creating musicians, based in Israel – all coming from very different cultural and musical backgrounds – who play together in an integrated creation , through which they have managed to manifest and translate the cultural ‘melting pot’ that Israel is, into the one universal language….MUSIC
Kuluma's music is based partly on Ethiopian Folk songs from
different parts of the country, musically arranged by several
members of the band, into a new musical idiom inspired by
Afro-Jazz and Afro-Beat. The other parts of Kuluma’s repertory
contain original songs in Hebrew, written and arranged by
different band members.

The band started working together in December 2003, and has been
performing since July 2004 in various venues around Israel.
During that period of time they have performed at the 2005 Tel-Aviv
Jazz Festival’s Gala opening night, as the Warm-Up act for
Archie Shepp and David Murrey, and also shared the stage with the
Afro-Beat legend, Tony Allen, during his recent tour in Israel.
They share the belief that music, as a language, can provide a cultural bridge for all people.