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“Jaffa Road blends Jewish, jazz, Indian and Arabic music with electronica and dub. The result is fantastic.” CBC Radio One

Hebrew, English and Spanish poetry intertwined with electrifying improvisations, belly-dance rhythms and pulsing dub grooves.

Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed Toronto-based world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. Their music creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish music, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop, and dub.

Their song, L.Y.G., off their debut album, Sunplace, won Grand Prize and the Lennon Award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band was also awarded Best World Music Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They have traveled to many communities across North America and Brazil delighting audiences with their unique brand of genre-bending fusion.


Aaron Lightstone - oud , guitar 

Tamar Ilana - vocals

Sundar Viswanathan - bansuri, saxophone

Justin Gray - bass and bass veena

Rakesh Tewari - drums

Videography and video editing - Michael Fisher, Stream Studio  

Audio recording - Jeremy Darby, Canterbury Music Company 

Audio Mixing and Mastering - Justin Gray, Immersive Mastering

We acknowledge the support of the Digital Originals program at Canada Council for the Arts.