Laura Elkeslassy

Ya Ghorbati
Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: Music
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2024

Ya Ghorbati: Divas in Exile excavates the music and stories of Judeo-Arab divas from midcentury North Africa. Developed in collaboration with music director Ira Khonen Temple, this project weaves together North African Jewish folk and sacred music, spanning from traditional Andalusi style to popular chaabi, to francarabe cabaret. 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.