Quarter To Africa (Q2A) is a multi-cultural roots ensemble, combining electric Oud grooves, saxophone, trumpet, electric guitar, bass, drums, percussion, synthesizer and vocals. Its music creates an uplifting collage, fusing traditional Arabic “Makam” scales with African rhythms, jazz and funk.
Started as a duo in 2014, Q2A has slowly grown into a versatile ensemble of top musicians.
The band released its long awaited debut E.P in 2016 which is frequently played in top radio stations and which accordingly has gained acclaim within the local and international music industry, and released the full album “The Layback” at mid febuary 2017.
Q2A has recorded special sessions for several radio shows, internet shows and podcasts, receiving enthusiastic and positive reviews from websites, newspapers and critics in the local and global musical scenes.
In the past two years, Quarter to Africa has performed across Israel spreading its message while headlining several festivals and major events, including the RedSea Jazz festival, Israeli film festival, the international Jazz festival, Jerusalem Festival and more.
The concept was conceived by Yakir Sasson & Elyasaf Bashari, both of whom are experienced, seasoned respected musicians who met in Jaffa to discover a shared musical language and similar outlook on life. The music has absorbed the cultural aspects of each musician’s background. Both have been brought up in homes influenced by the traditions and heritages of Yemen, Persia and Iraq. Their personal style that was further refined later at the Jerusalem Music Academy and The Center for Middle Eastern Classical Music. This has consequently formed the solid base for a fresh aesthetic of which name they’ve coined AFRO-ARAB (or “Afrab”).
Into the creative process, Q2A weaves a philosophy built on three main principles: LOVE, UNITY & FRIENDSHIP. The result is a unique sound, which sets a fertile ground for fluid movement between composition and improvisation, upbeat and downtempo, complicated and simple.