The long anticipated album by the Afro-arab ensemble Quarter to Africa.
produced & recorded in old Jaffa, israel,
"the Layback" is a celebration of cultures and a collision of worlds.
released February 18, 2017
All music by Yakir Sasson & Elyasaf Bashari
Musical production by Quarter to Africa.
Yakir Sasson - Saxophone, Guitar, Vocal
Elaysaf Bashari – Oud, Bass, Vocal
Roei Friedman - Percussion
Artur Krasnobaev- Trumpet
Arad Yeini – Trumpet
Yonatan Daskal – Keys
Yaron Mitelman – Bass
Tal Kohavi- Drums
Gal Dahan – Tenor saxophone
Yaron Ouzana – Trombone
Leni ben Basat (Drums on track 1,5 )
Sara Benasuli (Vocal on track 3,9)
Gilan Shahaf (Vocal on track 3)
Ido Zeleznik (Keys on track 6)
Rejoicer (Keys on track 7)
Nechi Nech (Rap lyrics on “The layback”)
Avishai Cohen (Bass on “The layback” )
Jimi Hendrix (Lyrics & inspiration for "Voodoo child")
Recorded at Kicha and Extension studio
Engineered and recorded by Uri "MoMo " Barak & Yakir Sasson at “Kicha studio” & “Extension studio”, Tel Aviv Jaffa
Assistant engineer- Maya Lavi, David Baet-Halahchmi, Avri Borochov, Beno Hendler and Rejoicer
Mixed by Uri “MoMo” Barak, Ofri Tamim and Uri Wertheim.
Michael Fossenkemper at "turtle one studios", NY (track 1,2,4,7-10)
JJ Goldin at "Golden mastering" ventura, CA (track 5)
Yoram Vazan at “Firehouse studio” TLV (track 3,6 )
Pre productions & additional recording by Yakir Sasson at “Extension studios” Old Jaffa
Album Production & management - Amir Rozanes “Southern productions”
in cooperation with “East West Music” (NPO) Jaffa
album design & booklet artwork by Eran Sasson
additional photos by NeatEye and Boaz Samurai
Special thanks to the Bashari, the Sasson family, Annabelle and the Bril-Levy family for their neverending LoVe & support. we love ya.
Big up for Gal DaHan “The Source of the ViBe”,
and Infinite LoVe to all the Cool Cats of the QTA family. you know who you are. Yisrael Borochov, Yossi Fine, Avishai Cohen, Ester Rada,
Yossi Sassi, Jeremie Horgen, Sagiv Cohen, Tal Cohen, Boaz Bentur, Amir Bresler, Noam Havkin, Beni Yeruham, Laurent Levy, Avi Tuchman, Ido Rozner, Guy Trefler, Avi ein Tzur, Atar Mayner, Noam Klitsner, Yair Tzabari and Jah Almighty.
Quarter To Africa is a multi-cultural roots ensemble, combining electric Oud grooves, saxophone, trumpet, percussion,
guitar, bass, drums,synthesizer and vocals. Its music creates an uplifting collage, fusing traditional Arabic “Makam" scales with African rhythms, jazz and funk....more
At six songs and 22 minutes, “De Bassari Togo” is a short record with a lot of punch. It’s also a vital collection of fiery afro-rock for historians and music fans alike. Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 18, 2018