Light in Babylon

Light in Babylon

 İstanbul, Istanbul, TUR
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"A celebration of the cosmopolitan traditions of both Istanbul and the Sephardic Jewish community and another example of the great music that is coming out of the Eastern Mediterranean right now" fRoots magazine

Biography

Praised by fRoots Magazine as "A celebration of the cosmopolitan traditions of both Istanbul and the Sephardic Jewish community and another example of the great music that is coming out of the Eastern Mediterranean right now", Light in Babylon brought to the world scene their first official album 'Life sometimes doesn't give you space' in 2012. 

Their project is the fusion of different ethnicities and cultures, the singer is Israeli from Iranian origin, the santur player is Turkish, the guitarist is French and they cooperate with musicians from different origin as well (Turkish, English and more). With the strength and openness of their youth and the various musical influences they have, they intuitively created a original colourful blend of their inner voices with flavours that would carry the imagination on a travel trough the Middle east and beyond. What became the core trio of the band met in 2010 in the streets of Istanbul. Michal Elia Kamal, would write lyrics, and arrangement and composition would be made by the trio including Metehan ifi (santour) and Julien Demarque (guitar). 

The trio now performs on stage with the support of two other musicians, the percussionist Demir Asaad and the bassist Jack Butler. Today the band continues its journey with the support of thousands of fans. They have toured in Turkey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, France, Hungary, Greece, Finland, India They also are getting more attention from media, they appear regularly on turkish TV Trt Haber DD and Trt Music, in a few documentaries about the Turkish music scene and will appear also on the german/french Arte Channel. Their youtube videos have also reach a total of millions views. 

As an example of the multicultural and alternative scene in the middle east, the band gives through music all the love that it carries in his heart to inspire individual healing with the wish that every human will follow the vision of a world full of diversity, freedom, peace and light.


Michal Elia Kamal- Vocals

Julien Demarque- Guitar

Metehan Ciftci- Santour

Demir Asaad- Oriental percussions

Jack Butler- Bass guitar

Lyrics

Geut

Written By: Michal Elia Kamal

Geut – Tide

Im tishaer
Tishaer, hakeev ,hayeush, hatikva
Im yesh galim halayla
Hageut tikach oti
El metzulot ahavatcha
Shenadeda…
Eich shehalev sheli niftach
Halev shelcha nisgar
Shtei sfatai noshkot lecha
Ata nimtza kvar bemakom acher
Im tishaer
Tishaer, hayeush kvar mizman yealem
.
Im yesh galim halayla
Hageut tikach oti el metzulot ahavatcha
.
Im…tishaer iti lanetzach
Ki
Eich shehalev sheli niftach
Halev shelcha nisgar
Shtei sfatai noshkot lecha
Ata nimtza kvar bemakom acher
and if you will stay
stay! the pain,despair…hope
if there are waves tonight
the tide will take me to the depths of your love..
..that moved away..
when my heart is getting open, you heart is getting closed
my lips are kissing you but- you are already gone.
and if you will stay
stay and the despair will completely disappear
if there are waves tonight
the tide will take me to the depths of your love..
and if…..- you will stay with me forever
because
when my heart is getting closed, you heart is getting open
my lips are kissing you but- you are already gone.

Dark song

Written By: Michal Elia Kamal

Dark Song
I’m standing in a point
That seems to be pointless
And in live like in a journey
It should be a light in the edge of the tunnel
Its feel like the love
Is passing behind me
And not trough me
My mom told me if he went
So one day he will come back
And if not it’s even better
And the wound will disappear
The hole that in my hear
Will he disappear?
All the words sank in the sea
The sun continues to raise in the east
The day that disappear
He will be forgotten too

Ani omedet bemakom
Vehu nirha bli matara
Ve bachaim kmo bemasa
Yesh or biktze haminhara
Ahava overet misaviv,
ve lo mealai
.
Imi amra li im halach
Az yom echad hu gam yachzor
Im lo yachzor ani echye
Vegam hapetza yaavor
Haim hachor shebilvavi
Hu od itkale?
Kol hamilim tavu bayam
Ach hashemesh zorachat bamizrach
Kshehayom kvar neelam
Hu od ishalach, hu od ishakach.

Gypsy Love

Written By: Michal Elia Kamal

Ahava tzoanit
Mi ze yoshev bechalomi
Mechalomi el chaloni
.
Matai taboha ahuvi
Mechalomi el chaloni
Matai,matai
Matai tashuv elai
Veim tizke
Lirot et ziv panai
Ze ahuvi min hamidbar
Ze ahuvi min hametzulot
Ani yodaat ze mikvar
Sheahuvi rav maalot
Matay,matai
Matai tashuv elai
Veim tizke
Lirot et ziv panai
Eheye lecha keshvil chalav
Lecha adlik shmei kochav
Ve lo eshev ve lo eshkot
Ad sheata oti tohav
Matay,matai
Matai tashuv elai
Veim tizke
Lirot et ziv panai
Im metziut o chalom
Hu ahuvi
Ha ahava
Hi zot shebilvavi
Gipsy love
Who is sitting there in my dream?
Will he come from my dream to my window?
When you will come, the one that I love
From my dream to my window
When, when
When you will return to me
And if so, you will win
To see the glory of my face
Is my love from the desert?
Is my love from the deepest of the sea?
I know since long time
That my love is the best of them all
When, when
When you will return to me
And if so, you will win
To see the glory of my face
I will be for you the milky way
For you I will light the sky of stars
And I will not sit and I will not let go
Till you will love me as well
When, when
When you will return to me
And if so, you will win
To see the glory of my face
If he has been real
If my love it’s just a dream
The love,
is the one that in my heart

Istanbul

Written By: Michal Elia Kamal

Istanbul
Rechov tzafuf
noshef dochef
Mabit be bemabat ayef
ani lo mechayechet
arpiach mul picheu hastav
ele marot hamaarav
elav ani lo shayechet
ve im oti ata ohev
geal oti min hakeev
veten li lalechet
beeretz shemesh rechoka
lecha Haiti mechaka
beshuvcha min hashalechet
.
ve Istanbul
ruedet
tire ani lo pochedet
nachon ani lo chayevet
leehov otcha
Istanbul
Crowded street
Someone push, someone breathe
Looking at with a tired face
I’m not smiling
Smog is over the autumn flowers
these are the sight of the west
which I don’t belong to
and if you love me
release me from the pain
and let me go
in a far away sunny land
i will be waiting for you
when you will come back
from the fall
and Istanbul -
is shaking
look, I’m not afraid
it`s true, I don’t have to,
But I love you (her) still

Nava Ani

Written By: Michal Elia Kamal

Nava Ani
Haveuni na
Hareuni na
Et ha ahava
Ad shetechepatz
Melea hi esh
Vetimrot ashan
Ve gam anachnu
Nishte ve nitam
Chavatzelet hasharon,
shoshanat haamakim
Dodi li ve ani lo,
haroe bashoshanim
Shchora ani ve nava,
bnot yerusalaim
Chavatzelet hasharon,
shoshanat haamakim
Dodi li ve ani lo,
haroe bashoshanim
Ad sheyafiach lo hayom,
ve yanusu hatzlalim
Shchora ani ve nava,
bnot yerushalaim
Chavatzelet hasharon,
shoshanat ha amakim
Nava Ani
Bring us!
let us!
the love
till we will wish
she is full of fire
and smoke billows
we also shall drink
we also shall taset
the rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys
My beloved is mine, and I am his,
that feedeth among the lilies
am black, but comely,
O ye daughters of Jerusalem
the rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys
My beloved is mine, and I am his,
that feedeth among the lilies
Until the day breathe,
and the shadows flee away
am black, but comely,
O ye daughters of Jerusalem
the rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys

Discography

Demo Album: "Istanbul" - 2010
Demo Album: "Life sometimes doesn't give you space" - 2011

Album: "Life sometimes doesn't give you space" - 2012