On a cold Saturday evening in January, the Israeli DJ, Gal Kadan gives a talk on Mizrahi music (Oriental Jewish music) at Lefter Records, a basement record shop in Kreuzberg. Around him, a mixed Israeli-German crowd has gathered to listen to Gal  talk about the gradual rise of Mizrahi music in Israel, from sidelined musical style to hot in-demand sound. Mizrahi ...

My name is Rafi, a Syrian-Palestinian musician. Growing up, I knew about Omar Souleyman, but in the Middle East his music is considered cheesy, or maybe only for weddings. After moving to Berlin I got to discover that he represents a unique phenomenon in the Western world. I was surprised by his popularity here, his success and fame amongst hipsters. ...