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El Bayit (Going Home)

by Liona Gilad

This project arises from the union of three musicians of distinct Mediterranean origins (Europe, Africa and Middle East), allied to the aim of finding a common language within which all these cultures can fuse. The musical mix makes this project a work where fusion becomes the common denominator, and in which different styles such as Jazz,  Gnawa and Flamenco shake hands with new tendencies, such as New Age Music, Pop, Chillout, etc., embracing the personal, intimate and warm voice of Liona Gilad, with texts sung in Hebrew. The result of this fusion creates the true colour of the band, which can be classified within the World Music market.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. El Bayit
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2. Ruah
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3. Halaila Shelah
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4. Meimayih
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5. Pitzul (Squizo)
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6. Zarah Hashemesh
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7. Hadereh Hatova
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8. Immi
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9. Numa
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10. Toda
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Album Notes

El Báyit (Going Home)

It's like taking a long journey in which one absorbs musical essences from around the world, only to return to the starting point. Then the musical experience is expressed through a more global, multicultural infusion of new colors. The music is our round trip ticket to the places where the priorities are sensitivity, respect, diversity and love.

Sung in Hebrew, the Israeli folk music leads into other forms such as: jazz, flamenco, Celtic and Gnawa music styles.
These are enwrapped by pop, chillout and even hip-hop music.
The result is a work of World Music, a traveling bag, a satchel full of ten stories which carry us... back home.


Recorded 2010 - 2011 both in Israel and Spain at different recording studios (Algeciras, Ceuta, Givat Oz, Granada and Sevilla).

Recorded and Produced by David León (
Mix and Mastering by David León and Oscar Bergillos
@ “Deboca M´boka estudio”, Ceuta

Music: Oscar Bergillos, David León, Liona Gilad.
Arrangenments: Oscar Bergillos, David León, Joaquín Calderón.
Lyrics: Liona Gilad, Pninat Grinberg, Yasmin Zak.


Liona: Lead Vocals.
Oscar Bergillos: Guitars.
David León: Drums, Percussions, Vocals.
Joan Massana: Bass, Doublebass (tracks 1,2,4,6,10).
Abdhelfathi "el topo": Bass fretless (tracks 3,5,7,8).
Joaquín Calderón: Violines (track 4).
Diego Villatoro: Piano, Keyboards (tracks 1,8).
Manuel Pérez: Flute (track 8).
Juan Carlos López: Mandolin (track 10).

Graphic Design: Liona
Photography: Alberto Ramos (www.albertovisió

Edited by CDI


"Everything is part of a constant yearning and nostalgia which live in my soul.

Every time I find myself in one particular place, I can’t then be in another. My very essence lies in missing something, or someone. Home is where the heart is and my heart resides primarily in three places: Israel, Spain and Brazil.

I was born, grew up and lived in Israel. Seven years of my adult life were spent in Spain…and I’ve never been to Brazil. So…how come…?

I got to know Brazil through the Brazilian members of the Kibbutz (small community-based village in Israel) where I grew up. They brought rhythm, love for music and the joy of living. with the ‘rounded’ sounds of their language, even the harsh sounds of Hebrew sounded smooth and soft when they spoke it…and I, growing but finding it difficult to learn and study through my eyes, slowly improved (cured) my hearing capabilities experiencing languages, music, accents and human voices.

Spain came into my life when, at the age of 32 (in Hebrew – the age of the heart), I decided to leave and travel and, with my eyes closed tight, I pointed at a map of the world.

I will never forget my meeting with the culture of Andalucía, its language, its people who practically opened their homes to me and penetrated into my heart with their warmth, their ‘canto hondo’ (true flamenco), their ‘quejíos’ (traditional musical vocals), their tears and their folkloric clapping.

I lived in Andalucía for 7 years. For the first six months, I never opened my mouth, until I dared to utter my first words in this foreign tongue that so bewitched me. Later, people would say: “You’re an Andalucían Giri. For certain, you must have learned to speak in Andalucía” and, with great pride, I would answer, “Yes”, as I rapidly opened and closed my fan!

Nevertheless, as the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, whose mother tongue is Hebrew, my heart is always full of questions which don’t have answers…there are always dozens of interpretations, hundreds of angles and thousands of ways of understanding the same thing…and I am very much at peace with everything that is not absolute in Hebrew, enjoying a constant fight with synonyms and with exceptions to the rules.

And…once again, I am nostalgic…

“El Bayit” (“Going Home”) is an album in which I allow myself to yearn…to be nostalgic. It is about the loved one, the family, sounds, my land, language…and friends.

And…speaking of friends, David León and Óscar Bergillos, my colleagues and companions on this album – are the driving force which has given significance to virginal lyrics and notes. They are part of me now…because they lent me a hand, mainly by converting my songs into their songs and then adding their own personal ones to the project. They guided me and have given me a sense of purpose. Óscar and David brought me Africa, brought me Jazz, Flamenco and Fusion music…they gave me their own essences."

Liona Gilad



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Nadav Richter

That sounds good.
The right combination between - sensitive lyrics, beautiful melodies and high level of sound.
Thank You..

Nadav Richter