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Radiohead undergoes Middle Eastern makeover

Posted By Viva Sarah Press On April 24, 2013 @ 9:01 am In Israel in the Spotlight | No Comments

Think of UK alternative rock band Radiohead and then think of the sounds of an oud and ululating trills. Two Tel Aviv musicians have wed the popular electronic rock band’s mega-hit “Karma Police” with Middle Eastern beats to create an extraordinary rendition of the 1997 song.

For vocalist Rotem Shefy and cellist Leat Sabbah, it started as a one-off satirical cover. Seeing they were onto something good, they say, they then produced “a full-blown multi-layered middle-eastern arrangement, recorded with oud player Yaniv Taichmann, percussionist Ori Dekel.”

It wasn’t long before the duo turned to Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, to raise funds for their own video clip.

On their campaign site, Sabbah – a Manhattan School of Music graduate – and Shefy – a singer-songwriter in Tel Aviv – describe themselves as “two ladies, in a city, in the world, making music, with a dream.”

That dream was a new rendition of Karma Police. Their karma was obviously working in their favor.


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