Ori Kawa left a mark on the Chicago music scene. Originally from San Jose, Ori found a home at Chicago’s Smartbar, first as a head at the front left speaker, then as a DJ and later working at the club behind the scenes.

Of late he’s been fronting a band on vocals and keyboards. Ori Kawa and the Entals (Ori & the Entals… get it?) have released a handful of singles focusing on a hybrid sound of “rock, jazz and funk-infused pop” and released their Draw 4 EP today. Listen here:

Citing influence from artists such as Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jamie Lidell, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and Amp Fiddler, Ori Kawa has always been a true believer that we are all born ready to make music. From playing drums at various concerts and festivals during his mid-teens for San Jose Taiko’s junior performance program, finding his feet as a DJ and promoter in his home city of San Jose, and later discovering his unrivalled passion for singing, Kawa’s life has been abundant with music, with this reflecting upon the sophisticated sound that the band has been consistently carving out.


Draw 4 is out today; stream it or download it from Bandcamp.

Ori Kawa & The Entals: Draw 4 Tracklist
1. Ori Kawa & The Entals: Lazy Days (02:43)
2. Ori Kawa & The Entals: 22 Long Days (03:58)
3. Ori Kawa & The Entals: Lies (03:00)
4. Ori Kawa & The Entals: Don’t Let It Last (05:05)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo by The Planetary Group.