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Podcast: Singing sisters fuse together world music, piyyut and jazz

Yahala and Shani Lachmish talk and sing from their debut album, ‘Savtuna’

Welcome to Times Will Tell, The Times of Israel’s weekly feature podcast.

This week we’re speaking to Shani and Yahala Lachmish, a pair of sisters who are musicians, singers and composers, and have been singing onstage for most of their lives.

The Lachmish sisters speak about their band, Tandu, a loose translation from the Aramaic term for togetherness, which recently released its first album, “Savtuna,” named for their great-grandmother, the spiritual beacon of their family.

Their music is a mix of styles, with arrangements of falafel jazz, liturgical music courtesy of their cantor father, soul and world music. The sisters talk about the inspiration for their music, including their father and grandmothers, the musical worlds in Israel and what it took for them to finally appreciate their father’s age-old piyyutim, or liturgical poems set to song.

They also sing some selections from their album, in an impromptu a cappella version, during the podcast.

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