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Shay Hazan fuses North African grooves with jazz and Afrobeat

The Tel-Aviv based musician has shared two uptempo singles off his upcoming album, Reclusive Rituals.

Tel-Aviv based musician Shay Hazan is a composer, producer, bassist and bandleader. His versatile bass is frequently heard on national radio, providing the groovy hits of tomorrow. Having commenced producing his forthcoming album during the first Covid lockdown, the creation process was a marked departure from previous projects, composing from his home and then sending the recordings to a drummer in Berlin or a saxophonist in Tel Aviv to add a complementary rhythm or melody.

“I made this album In order to satisfy the inner urge for simple grooves and the search for a different and new sound that draws inspiration from ancient places with great tradition, but still corresponds with the world and the period in which I live and the way I express myself.”, he comments. 

On “Afrobeatz”, the first single of the project, the musician uses the guembri instrument to fuse gnawa with distinctive Afrobeat elements. “Remove The Talk”, the second track, is a beat-driven tune with North African Gnawa grooves and haunting jazz horns, revealing Hazan’s affinity for hip hop and RnB.

Find Shay Hazan in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

Reclusive Rituals, out on December 10 via Batov Records.