KAYAAN means existence in Arabic. The band, founded and produced by pianist Christian Mueller, is an international music project that blends Arabic Hip Hop with Western Jazz. It’s a unique music project - the first of its kind that joins different cultures. It consists of three rappers from Palestine as well as six jazz musicians and a female vocalist from Switzerland. The result is a perfect blend between groovy jazz and bouncy hip-hop and especially between different cultures.
This exciting mixture emerges on the debut album “Wednesday”, which got its name from the weekday, since most of the important creative work happened on a Wednesday.
With their formation We7, the Palestinian rappers receive a high degree of acceptance among the young and open-minded Arabic population and furthermore they enjoy a high level of popularity. Their lyrics are real – they do not rap about car sizes. Their statements are full of power and energy and they come across with a bold freshness which isn’t any longer the case with many other hip-hop acts. We7 represent with an ironical and metaphorical language the political and social situation of a minority in Israel. Nonetheless, young people’s lives as such and their quest for the future also hold a strong position in their texts.
Besides, the album features special guests such as Rim Banna and Suhell Nasr from Palestine or May Nasr from Lebanon.
All these aspects combine KAYAAN to an extraordinary, worldwide unique project with an international charisma.