Yamma & Heart of Afghanistan: An International Interfaith Concert

Yamma & Heart of Afghanistan: An International Interfaith Concert

Date and Time

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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GVSU Pew Campus

DeVos Center

Loosemore Auditorium (DEV122E)


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Join the Kaufman Institute for an evening of international music with our very special guests all the way from Afghanistan and Israel.

The participating Israeli ensemble, Yamma, presents original contemporary Hebrew music. The group members stay true to the character of the Middle East, the region where they were born and raised. The soulful, exotic music is accompanied by ancient musical instruments (kopuz, duduk, hand drums) which are typical of the Middle East. In addition to this unique art, Yamma also performs the traditional music and material of the various Jewish diasporas. Songs of the Jewish communities from Yemen, Babylon, and Sepharad, as well as Hasidic music, with the fascinating forms and rhythms that have been preserved by generations of Jewish traditions.

The Heart of Afghanistan project consists of four Afghan musicians - Ahmad Fanoos on Vocals & Harmonium, and his two sons Elham on piano and Mehran on violin, with Hamid Habibzada on tabla. Together, they tell the story of Afghanistan from its pre-Islamic Buddhist heritage through traditional Ghazals based on the Sufi inspired poetry of Rumi and the ‘Afghan Elvis’, pop icon Ahmad Zahir, of the ‘60s and ‘70s who took the music of Elvis Presley and translated it into Dari and performed it with a traditional instrument ensemble. The idea is to give a 360-degree view of Afghan culture through music, poetry, art, and cultural heritage.

Each group represents their country and musical heritage as cultural ambassadors. Through that lens, we will open a conversation regarding the faith traditions inherent in each nation’s culture.

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