Shoshana Damari (Hebrew: שושנה דמארי) was born in Dhamar, Yemen. She fled persecution and dhimmi status to pre-independence Israel with her parents in 1924. They settled in the city of Rishon LeZion. At a very young age Shoshana performed with her mother, and when she was 14 she had her first songs broadcast on the radio.
“Bamidbar” means ‘In The Desert’ in Hebrew. It is also the name of the forth book of the Torah (“Book of Numbers”), which describes the 40 years of searching for the land of Israel in the desert, just after the Israelites had fled from Egypt.
Etti Ankri (also known as Eti) is regarded as one of Israel's top and most famous female singers and songwriters. She is a former Female Singer of the Year in Israel, and has also performed in the United States and India. Ankri has been called: "rock genius" and the "Poet of Israeli Spirituality." She is of Tunisian Jewish heritage, and was raised in Lod, Israel.
Maak’s Spirit is a collective of five musicians finding its roots in jazz, rock, contemporary western music, actual improvised music… All born around 1969, having survived wearing Lacoste polo shirts and Milletjackets, the music of Boy George and Wham (the cutest was the other guy no?) today we find ourselves facing a whole new world.
Omar Metioui was born in Tangiers, Morocco in 1962. He initially studied pharmacology in Brussels, before returning to Tangiers to study solmization, Andalusi singing and oud at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Between 1976 and 1980 he sang and played the oud with El Arbi s-Siyyar, the main Andalusi orchestra in Tangiers.