Following excellent reviews for their album Songs Of Our Mothers, released last Autumn via Bella Union, Kefaya + Elaha Soroor have shared a live video of the track ”Gole Be Khar”, recorded at their sold-out Rich Mix show in October. Next month the band set out on a European tour which includes their biggest London headline show to date, performing at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.
Critical acclaim for Songs Of Our Mothers, out now via Bella Union.
“Songs Of Our Mothers gives traditional Afghan folk songs the full Kefaya treatment, taking them on a journey from east to west that mirrors Soroor’s own, with elements of jazz, electronica and dub… Soroor is exquisite throughout.” Financial Times – 5 stars ****
“A thoroughly modern, multicultural masterpiece… In an era of increasing isolationism, misogyny and religious fundamentalism, this album becomes a defiant celebration of freedom and internationalism.” Uncut – 9/10
“takes traditional Afghan folk songs and give them thoroughly modern settings… Soroor sounds as at home singing Farsi–language reggae, Indian jazz, Maghrebi pop or post–punk… Kefaya delight in tracing Elaha’s journey, crossing sonic borders into Iran, Armenia, Turkey and North Africa.” MOJO – 4 stars ****
“Recorded in Oxford with international zeal, this excellent release brings together folk songs traditionally sung by Afghan women, telling stories of joy, pain and resilience… The beauty of Soroor’s mother language, and the wide-ranging culture it encompasses, is palpable throughout.” Songlines – 4 stars ****
“An exotic genre-blend of jazz, dub and electronica… Soroor’s voice is beautifully expressive. The showstopper comes with the Radiohead-ish piano ballad, Khina Beyarin, where Soroor fully reveals her dazzling talent.” Q
“Afghanistan-born Elaha Soroor collaborates with international outfit Kefaya to produce an album that adds a modern, electronic touch to traditional Afghan folk music.” Electronic Sound
“Telling tales of the suffering and hardship endured by women but also celebrating their endurance and femininity, these songs are reworked by Soroor and Kefaya to create powerful, thought–provoking music.” Rock’n”Reel – 4 stars ****
“Recorded in Oxford with international zeal, this excellent release brings together folk songs traditionally sung by Afghan women, telling stories of joy, pain and resilience… The beauty of Soroor’s mother language, and the wide-ranging culture it encompasses, is palpable throughout.” Jazzwise – 4 stars ****