Ever looked at one of those intricate, multi-colored tapestries and marveled at how it was all woven together? That’s what it’s like to listen to the music of Quarter to Africa. One part African rhythms, one part funky jazz and one part traditional Arabic makam scales; frontmen Yakir Sasson and Elyasaf Bashari have put together a truly unique sound.
Beginning in 2014, they began as a duo and slowly added other musicians to create what is now a multi-artist, multi-instrument group. They released their new single “Layback” on April 11 and dropped their EP on the 20th. Yakir and Elyasaf sat down with The Jerusalem Post to discuss afros, Arabic quarter notes and Kendrick Lamar.