Oi Va Voi
Oi Va Voi Cambridge 2009.jpg
Oi Va Voi at a concert in Cambridge, September 2009
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative
Years active 2000–present
Labels Outcaste, V2
Associated acts Spengler, Galliano, KT Tunstall, Haylie Ecker
Website [1]
Josh Breslaw
Leo Bryant
Steve Levi
Nik Ammar
Former members
Sophie Solomon
Lemez Lovas

Oi Va Voi is a British band that takes its name from a Yiddish-derived exclamation popular in modern Hebrew meaning, approximately "Oh, dear!" It is an experimental band from London, England, which formed in the late 1990s. Their sound draws on Jewish music from both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, including both klezmer and Ladino music, as well as Eastern European, especially Hungarian folk music, as well as contemporary electronic music.

Current band members


Former band members

Associated acts

  • Anna Phoebe
  • Maiya James of Spengler
  • Earl Zinger (a.k.a. Rob Gallagher) of Galliano featured on the Laughter Through Tears album
  • KT Tunstall, though never an official member of the band, featured on the Laughter Through Tears album and was a regular member of the live set-up. Her solo career then took off towards the end of 2004.
  • Uzbek musician Sevara Nazarkhan featured on the Laughter Through Tears album
  • Haylie Ecker




  • 2003: 7 Brothers
  • 2004: Refugee
  • 2004: Yesterday's Mistakes
  • 2007: Yuri
  • 2009: Every Time


  • Oi Va Voi won an Edison award for Album of the Year 2004 Netherlands
  • Oi Va Voi was nominated for the BBC Awards for World Music 2003 in the Boundary Crossing category.

See also

External links

ru:Oi Va Voi

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