Shye Ben-Tzur

Shye Ben-Tzur

 Jaipur, Rajasthan, IND

Shye Ben-Tzur is an acclaimed Israeli composer and performer based in Northern India for over 10 years, playing Rajasthani rhythms with Western sounds. He is a Hebrew Qawwali singer, and performs with a stunning line-up of traditional Qawwali and desert musicians as well as contemporary artists.


After attending a concert in Israel by the Indian classical musicians Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain, he became interested in Indian music, which brought him into contact with Qawwali. He went to Ajmer in India, Rajasthan’s most important Sufi shrine, where he trained and collaborated with the qawwali musicians of Ajmer. Qawwali is a form of ecstatic Muslim devotional music.

In 2004, he performed at Jahan-e-Khusrau, the prestigious international Sufi music festival held in New Delhi. He also performed with his group at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2009, and has toured in Israel.

His debut album Heeyam (“Supreme Love”) was recorded in India, Israel, and USA. It was released in 2003, and earned great praise. In Heeyam, Shye worked with traditional Sufi Qawwali singers, who have been learning his compositions and poetry, and sung them in Hebrew.

From his personal life experiences Ben-Tzur has succeeded to bring his own ancient culture alive into a unique cross cultural work. Besides working with the Qawwali communities across India, in the past few years Shye has also been collaborating with different folk musicians from the Rajasthan desert.

“Shye Ben-Tzur, an Israeli flautist, vocalist and composer, enraptured the crowd. This was a clear example of how music and art crosses political and religious boundaries, giving
credence to the festival’s ambitions.” (Songlines magazine review from Shye’s performance at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2009)

Shoshan is a natural continuation in Shye’s exhilarating career, a cross-cultural mix of passions, genres, languages and irresistible beats. He is the Hebrew Qawwali singer of
today, spreading a message of love and understanding wherever he goes.

Shoshan Live! by Shye Ben Tzur premiered at the EarthSync Festival 2009, Chennai to an ecstatic audience and excellent reviews by the media.

Some Press Voices

“Shye Ben-Tzur set the city on fire, a benchmark performance in the city” (The Times of India)

“Left the enthusiastic audience spellbound with consummate ease” (New Indian Express)

“An enthralling evening with a beautifully lit stage which was the perfect setting for a
spellbinding musical experience. Shye electrified the audience and left them asking for more” (Deccan Chronicle)

“The audience was lost in the magic Shye produced on stage. The music cast a spell
on the audience, having a healing effect on the listeners. A rare experience” (The Hindu – Metro Plus)

“A Spiritual mix of Hebrew poetry set to Sufi melodies, combined with full-throated
soulful Rajasthani music. A cross-cultural mix of emotions, realities, styles, languages and irresistible grooves” (The Hindu – Business Line)


Shye Ben-Tzur: Shoshan (2009 EarthSync)

Shye Ben-Tzur: Heeyam (2003 Globalev)