(photo: Facebook)

(photo: Facebook)

By Viva Sarah Press - March 30, 2015

Originally appeared here on Israel21c

The Haim sisters are rocking the Arab world. No, not the American pop-rock sister act but rather the Israeli siblings Tair, Liron and Tagel. The official release of their music video, Habib Galbi, has propelled them to celebrity status throughout parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

It’s not every day that a Muslim site highlights an Israeli band. But two days after its release, their Habib Galbi clip was chosen “video of the day” on the Mipsterz – Muslim Hipsters Facebook page.

The French media outlet Clique also featured the music video as “clip of the day.”

The singing Israeli Haim sisters front A-WA (pronounced “Ay-wa,” meaning “yes” in Arabic), a band that mixes traditional Yemenite folk songs with modern electronic grooves.

“We wanted to give our roots a modern revamp,” Tair Haim, the eldest sister, told Agenda magazine, about the music that features hip-hop beats layered on Yemenite melodies.

Of course, it’s not the first time an Israeli band soars in the Arab music world. Heavy-metal band Orphaned Land counts a huge following in Arabic-speaking countries. Read More