In the multimedia album Ya Ghorbati, singer Laura Elkeslassy musically excavates her family’s history in Morocco, France, and Israel, coming face-to-face with forgotten ancestors and reclaiming a lost family name. Developed in collaboration with music director Ira Khonen Temple, this project weaves together the stories of Judeo-Arab divas from the last century with new performances and interpretations of their music. Ya Ghorbati looks across time and space to tell a tale of political upheaval, exile, and displacement—ultimately questioning the supposed binary of Arab and Jew.
Laura Elkeslassy | Vocals, Executive Production
Ira Khonen Temple | Music Direction, Executive Production, Keys & Accordion
April Centrone | Percussion
Eylem Basaldi | Violin
Yoni Battat | Oud & Guitar
Zoë Guigueno | Bass