March 22, 2017, Updated March 26, 2017

Cross-cultural joint Jewish-Muslim project from Israel, Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis, have been chosen to open Radiohead’s concerts during the British band’s upcoming US tour.

Radiohead had chosen the Israeli band to open its Tel Aviv concert in July but now confirms the Middle Eastern crew will open all its concerts in the US tour (set to kick off March 30, in Miami).

Tassa, of Iraqi-Jewish-Yemenite descent, is credited with reviving popular Iraqi songs. His grandfather and his great-uncle, known as the Al- Kuwaiti brothers, were among the greatest composers and musicians in Baghdad during the first half of the 20th century.

Tassa hosts Jewish and Muslim singers and performers, on two albums dedicated to the Al-Kuwaiti composers.

Radiohead also announced that Shye Ben Tzur, an Israeli world musician known for his unique combination of Sufi-style singing mixed with Hebrew poetry, will feature with the band during a July concert in Florence, Italy.

Ben Tzur, in collaboration with Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express group of Indian musicians, recently put out an album, Junun.


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