Kol Dodi a special musical version to one of the world’s most beautiful love songs of all time “Shir Ha’Shirim” – The Biblical psalms.
Kol Dodi brings together a unique musical ensemble of Israeli Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers, led by one of Israel’s all time favorite female vocalists – Mika Karni.
The ensemble’s special sound combines traditional Jewish melodies with African – Ethnic rhythms and a taste of folk/singer-songwriter qualities.
All this creates a musical landscape of Israel, a place where cultures from around the globe are combined to one.
Mika composed and re-arranged the original biblical lyrics, to convey the original story in a modern, intimate and personal way , which takes the listener to a deep and emotional experience.
A full length album will be released on September 2012, the first single immediately received great reviews:
“Mika Karni, joins the text by Shir ha shirim, singing- yearning for love, in the language of the Bible, void of the analogy referred to the Biblical text, the usual lover-Israel vis a vis God, but rather in it’s simple human situations. The song can be listened to without the need to refer to “Casuto” (A biblical interpretational standard). The melody, arrangement and tone, do justice with the text, the music does not force itself on the text, but rather tip toes between the lines, begetting them a classic folk beauty. Karni sings from the bottom of her emotional well, mean fully, convincingly, without being dramatic. A beautiful Nai flute melody garnishes and adds a special delicacy to the song.”
The Ensemble had very succesful tours in the USA (Kennedy Center Washington, Sfardic Music Festival NY, Rodeph Shalom Philly, Salisbury University , Hall of Arts Annapolis, 6&I Washington, SXSW, Lafayette Word Music Festival, Symphony Hall NY).
After their huge success at the USA, Mika and the ensemble recorded their second album in NY and cooperated with Cyro Batista and Elio Vilafranca. The Album will be released at Dec 2013.
The Ensemble is due for an European tour at Dec 2013.
The First Album “KOL DODI” is available on ITUNES