To Do This Week May 10–16

Yemen Blues and Nani
Ravid Kahalani
, the oft-bunned frontman of the genre-collapsing music group Yemen Blues, is a global force, blending musical influences like mambo, jazz, and traditional Arabic sounds. The joyful “Satisfaction,” a collaboration with French-Malian rapper Oxmo Puccino, highlights the band’s international fusion of funky drum beats, trumpets, and chants. (The band boasts musicians who hail from New York, Uruguay, and Tel Aviv.) Nani, the only known artist to sing in Ladino, the language of ancient Morocco, joins Yemen Blues at Union Stage on Thursday as a part of JxJ, a new arts project that unites the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival over a three-week period. Read more>>> Yemen Blues and Nani perform at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $30–$36. (877) 987-6487. (Amy Guay)

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