HayaH is the Arabic and Hebrew word for “life” and Sweet HayaH has a lust for life that pulsates through the music they create. Sweet HayaH is a high-energy festival band, but don’t think that the sweetness makes them pure sugar. There is genuine musical complexity layered into their Rock-Soul-Funk blend, and if there was to be one band to represent the diversity of culture and exuberance found in the Bay Area it would be Sweet HayaH. All of the members of Sweet HayaH were first local musicians in their own right, and since they converged the band’s reach has grown bigger and bigger. Sweet HayaH has kept up an impressive touring schedule and taken their high energy live show all over in 2015 including a run to SXSW. Sweet HayaH has had the honor of performing with some great bands and artists along the way sharing the stage with living legends like Robby Krieger of The Doors.

It doesn’t matter whether Sweet HayaH are opening or headlining, whether they are playing to their local following or to new audiences, Sweet HayaH always puts on the type of show that gets them invited back. The connection they make with the audience is palpable, and their dedication to their community and music scene is deep. Sweet HayaH loves to make their shows a platform for local talent to guest star, and for people to connect through music. According to their producer Todd Jeremias, the band’s energy and vibe are the perfect backdrop for their exceptionally gifted front woman Nehal Abuelata who often draws comparisons to legendary vocalists like Tina Turner, Carol King, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse even Janis Joplin to name a few…

Sweet HayaH  released their first fully produced 12-track album “Gentle Lies” in 2016. One of their upcoming singles features twenty of their friends singing the chorus. Through their live and studio performances, the group’s dynamics and interactive nature continue to invite more sweethearts to join in the celebration of life.




Sweet HayaH in Orange County

October 2017

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Emerging from the multicultural and diverse heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose’s Sweet HayaH is truly a product of its environment. The band originally hit the local music scene in 2011 and has quickly emerged as a musical force in the Bay Area.


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Sweet HayaH debuts at Blue Note Napa

June 2017

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Sweet HayaH’s multi-genre and multi-generational fan base reflects a combination of the musical interests and influences of each band member, who are, together, a representation of the multicultural Bay Area. Abuelata, who plays keyboards, leads the band with her soulful vocals and infectious ability to engage audiences, to the point where show attendees are a part of each performance.


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Feature in Content Magazine

April 2017

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Sweet HayaH’s sound is familiar because they are what happens when you mix indie rock, piano ballads, ska music, hip-hop, latin flavor, and on and on. They are none of these genres and all of these genres, and somehow it just works. The musical backgrounds of this six-person band are just as diverse as the genres that influenced them individually.


-Francisco Alvarado of Content Magazine


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San Jose Mercury News Article

August 2016

South Bay band Sweet HayaH (pronounced high-yah) has crafted a premium blend of quintessential American music–from rock to soul to funk–and they can serve it up with a high-energy punch or with a laid back groove that eases the mind.Leeta-Rose Ballester from San Jose Mercury News


March 25, 2016 San Jose Mercury News Print Edition

The rhythms have a slight Latin and African bent to them. Meanwhile, the vocals evince a poetic timing and intonation that tie in smoothly with the music.
– Amulya Datla from metroactive

They provide fresh music. First, I was impressed with their expert instrumental talent. Also, the lead singer has a gorgeous soulful voice that reminds me of Adele and Amy Winehouse.

– Krystle from Baking Beauty

Sweet HayaH at San Jose Municipal Stadium on CBS

February 2016

SH on VietBay KAXT

January 2016

Sweet HayaH takes on Savannah, Georgia!

November 2014

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Helmed by the soulful vocals of Egyptian-born Nehal Abuelata, Sweet HayaH (Sweet Life) has a varied background of musical and cultural influences that wash out as a multicultural spin on traditional American rock music.


-Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah


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SH at San Juan Bautista Double Road Race

September 2014