April 30, 2016 | by Chelsea Yaeger
Review: Festival International de Louisiane
Festival International de Louisiane always includes artists from all around the world, and this year was no different.FROM ISRAEL:Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim, three sisters who grew up in a small desert village in Israel, melodize their similar and, yet, unique voices to electronic beats. The sisters of A-WA sing in hypnotizing voices in Yemenite-folk style.Their Yemen-inspired music stems from their grandparents, who immigrated from Yemen to Israel. Their music is modern, and yet, so rooted in old culture and groove of new-age music. It’s the perfect mix of old and new. The Haim sisters sing in Yemeni-Arabic.“A-WA is like a cheer-up call that says ‘Let’s celebrate life, let’s enjoy together and forget about differences and boundaries,’” one of the sisters said in an interview with KEXP.The songs they sang at the festival included themes of love and protest.FROM AUSTRALIA:The Waifs, a folk-rock band formed in ‘92, took the stage with sounds of blues, jazz and harmonica. Composed of five members, The Waifs had such a stage presence that I could not take my eyes off them.In the crowd, people swayed and cheered after each song, eager for more.
FROM FRANCE:Headliner Charlélie Couture brought it with his francophone music, singing songs about angels and covering “House of the Rising Sun.”
Heather Osbourne contributed the photos for this article.