A Middle-Eastern Version of Radiohead’s 1997 Hit “Karma Police”

We’ve shown you Pak­istani musi­cians play­ing an amaz­ing ver­sion of Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Clas­sic, “Take Five”; also Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ per­formed on a Gayageum (a tra­di­tion­al Kore­an instru­ment); and then the Talk­ing Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” played with  tra­di­tion­al Chi­nese instru­ments. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than these felic­i­tous meet­ings of east and west. So, today we present a Mid­dle-East­ern fla­vored ver­sion of Radio­head­’s 1997 hit “Kar­ma Police,” which orig­i­nal­ly appeared on the album OK Com­put­er. The video above fea­tures Tel Aviv-based singer Rotem She­fy on vocals, Leat Sab­bah on cel­lo, Yaniv Taich­man on the oud, and Ori Dekel on per­cus­sion. This video emerged from a Kick­starter cam­paign that was suc­cess­ful­ly fund­ed at the end of 2012.

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