Sababa 5′ was formed by a group of musicians known for their work for some of Tel Aviv’s top artists/vocalists, such as Gili Yalo, Ester Rada and Liraz Charhi, as well as with famous groups like Hoodna Orchestra, Tigris and Kutiman Orchestra.
With members’ influences that range from wrecking crew recordings from the 60’s, to analog Middle Eastern music from the 70’s, the sound of the band constantly revolves around different genres and rhythms, yet, in its core, ‘Sababa 5’ is always a groove-centric band.
Last year the band finished construction on their new recording space, a space that was especially built to accommodate live full-band recordings. Its location is right by the border of Jaffa and Tel Aviv, on Eilat St., hence the name Eilat Studios.
‘Sababa 5’ has just finished recording a new instrumental EP, with the aim to record more in the near future, in its new headquarters.
Born in a the Chiba district on the eastern outskirts of Tokyo, Yurika began her journey in discovering belly dancing at the age of five, taking lessons in jazz dance. After high-school she applied for belly dancing lessons almost by chance. Yet, as she quickly fell in love with the music and the nature of the movements, Yurika knew this is what she was meant to do.
Soon after Yurika began traveling around the Middle East, learning bellydancing in different cities and countries like Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. There she met the famous Istanbul-New York based female darbuka player Raquy Danziger. who later took her to perform in Israel. There, Yurika began studying with Orly Portal, a master of contemporary folklore dance. After finishing studying with Orly, Yurika stayed in Tel Aviv and joined bands like Boom Pam and Ouzo Bazooka, and now, Sababa 5.
Yurika is featured as a vocalist, for the first time, in a double-sided 7″ EP.