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Sounds Israeli: Mosh Ben-Ari

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Mosh Ben-Ari was born in Afula, Israel in 1970 to a Yemenite mother and an Iraqi father.  Though he first discovered music through the traditional ethnic chants that were part of his everyday life, he eventually went on to study music formally throughout the world in places such as India and in the Sinai and Sahara deserts.

In 1997 Ben-Ari founded the world music ensemble “SHEVA” with band members who had Muslim and Jewish backgrounds, and, in 2001, began his solo career, writing music with a blend rock, soul, reggae, and world music.

Here is Ben-Ari in a live performance of his hit song, “Jah is One.”

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Open Letter to Roger Waters: Music Is Our Shared Language

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters has declareed that a boycott of Israel is the “way to go”(“Roger Waters Calls For Boycott Of Israel,” Rolling Stone, March 20,2013). This statement is distressing not only because his numerous accusations leveled against the state are based on falsehoods, but are inflammatory as well. As members of the entertainment industry, we question Mr. Waters’ misinforming his fans in a way that only triggers further hostilities while continuing to dampen hopes for peaceful dialogue in the Middle East.

Mr. Waters blatantly condemns Israel, yet ignores the facts. Israel has never practiced or enforced racial segregation. As the sole democracy in the Middle East, Israel has always encouraged and legally enabled the integration of Arab peoples into all aspects of Israeli life. Arabs have been elected to the Knesset in every election since Israel’s founding and the Israeli Supreme Court guarantees all Arabs equal rights and full protection under the law.

The recently crowned Miss Israel was born in Ethiopia and quoted Martin Luther King in her acceptance speech! “There are many different communities of many different colors in Israel, and it’s important to show that to the world,” said the new Miss Israel.

Also consider that Israel has already elected a female prime minister, LGBT Israeli soldiers have the right to serve openly in the military, and married LGBT couples are ensured full adoption and inheritance rights. In fact, Israel’s official policies are often more advanced than America’s in promoting and supporting freedom of religion, women’s rights and gay rights, none of which exist in their neighboring nations or states.

Mr. Waters also proclaims his outspoken support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a frequently vilified organization that fundamentally questions Israel’s very right to exist. Even political author-activist Norman Finkelstein – a noted advocate of the Palestinian cause – has branded the movement “a hypocritical, dishonest cult” and said in a recent interview that BDS is “not really talking about rights. They want to destroy Israel.”

One-sided cultural embargos such as those advocated by Mr. Waters are an affront to both Palestinian and Israeli moderates who seek peace. We too wish for a resolution to the complicated Palestinian-Israeli situation, and believe that the unique connection between artist and fan is part of the solution. Music can reflect politics, but should never be disingenuous.

Mr. Waters should remember that music is our shared language, one that transcends dialects of hatred. Fans are the same everywhere in the world, and today many of Roger Waters’ fans are severely disappointed that he chose the words he did instead of those spoken on the same day by President Obama: “The United States of America stands with the State of Israel because . . . it makes us both stronger. It makes us both more prosperous. And it makes the world a better place.”

Sounds Israeli: Rita

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

This week’s “Sounds Israeli” features Rita (Rita Yahan-Farouz), the wildly popular Iranian-born Israeli musician and actress.

The most recent album by the 50-year-old singer, “My Joy” (released in 2011), consisted of traditional Persian songs, and, besides turning gold in Israel, reportedly became an underground hit on underground radio stations in some Muslim countries, including Iran.

Here’s Rita singing a song from “My Joy,” titled “Shane.”

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Sounds Israeli: Lina Makhoul Sings ‘Hallelujah’

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

In this week’s edition of “Sounds Israeli” we’re featuring a nineteen year-old named Lina Makhoul who won Israel’s version of “The Voice” recently after delivering the following inspired rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic, Hallelujah.

The victory for Makhoul, an Israeli Arab from Acre, will guarantee her a record contract and a scholarship to attend music school.

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Sounds like Passover: Matzah Dancing in Paris

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

A music segment from a 2012 flash mob performance, from Paris, using decidedly non-traditional versions of the traditional Passover songs ‘Ma Nishtana’ (םה נשתנה) ”What has changed,” and “Let my people go,” by the band Cigarillos en el Shtruddle.

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Sounds Israeli: The Angelcy (Video)

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The following music video was performed by the Israeli band ‘The Angelcy, and was filmed at Arlozorov Street, in Tel Aviv.

The band employs a wide variety of styles — folk music, klezmer and pop with reggae, blues, old film scores and classical.

I hope you enjoy their original song, “My Baby Boy.”

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United Airlines Breaks Guitars and Other Music (Video)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I love to write; I love the power of words. I can’t carry much of a tune, and what I can carry, you wouldn’t want to hear. Just because I really can’t sing, doesn’t mean I don’t listen. The problem is, the songs I like are those that speak to me, tell me a story. Those that repeat a few meaningless words don’t speak to me, don’t call to my heart and feelings.

It’s sometimes a bit embarrassing to admit who my favorite singers are – my children certainly laugh (except for my oldest daughter, who shares my love of Harry Chapin, Garth Brooks, etc.). Every time Shmulik hears an old English song on the radio, he says, “oh look, Ima, one of your songs.”

Garth Brooks has retired and Harry Chapin is long gone but I think I found a new singer. He isn’t famous yet – well, a little, but he should be more famous. He’s got an amazing story that started several years ago when he got on a plane, only to hear that United Airlines workers were throwing his band’s guitars…his guitar, that is…his TAYLOR guitar…that cost him $3,500…around.

The expensive guitar was badly damaged; United refused to take responsibility. And the rest, as they say, is history. Dave Carroll tried to work through their system but after almost a month, he did it his way. He promised he’d make three videos telling his story, and he did. The full story is posted here: United Breaks Guitars.

He’s got other songs. He came to Israel last week to speak at our conference and he sang several. So many of them touched my heart and reminded me that there are still people who put meaning and stories in song. As a present, Dave gave me two of his CDs. I keep listening to them, hoping others will realize how talented he is; how HE should be on the radios of the world. Before his music career was boosted by United Airlines negligence, Dave and his brother were firefighters. One song – The 911 Song has been made into a video.

It’s just inspiring. I can’t tell you yet which one of his songs are my favorite yet; I can only tell you as I drive from client to client, my car is once again filled with music. Watch this video, and you’ll see why. His website (if you want to buy his amazing music), is www.davecarrollmusic.com.

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