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Israelis to Get ‘Happy’ at Pharrell Williams Concert in Rishon Lezion

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Israelis are preparing to get “happy” this summer when Grammy Award-winning American vocalist Pharrell Williams arrives in the Holy Land.

Pharrell is scheduled to appear on July 21 at Live Park in Rishon Lezion.

His monster hit “Happy” is probably the most successful and well-known of his tunes, but Pharrell is a multi-talented musician.

Numerous ‘Happy’ videos were made in Israel when his hit came out.

He has scored many international number one hits as a solo performer. He’s also written top hits for other performers as well, including Madonna, Beyonce, Kanye West and the Rolling Stones, among others.

Pharrell has won 11 Grammy Awards for his work as a performer and producer. He’s currently a judge on the American hit talent show, The Voice.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Flag Banned — With Others — at Eurovision

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Palestinian Authority officials have expressed outrage at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) decision to ban any display of Palestinian Authority flags at next month’s Eurovision song contest in Sweden.

But it wasn’t personal — a fact that seems to have escaped the notice of the PA government in Ramallah.

EBU released the “flag policy” on their website on Friday. “Particularly, the organizers request and urge the fan community to respect and appreciate the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest,” the statement read. Only flags representing UN member states are to be permitted, along with the “rainbow flag” and the European Union flag – but only if they are not “used as [a] tool to intentionally make a political statement during the show.”

There is a long list of “not” permitted flags, which include local, regional, or provincial flags, those with commercial messages, “flags of disputed territories,” offensive statements, non-English statements and high objects such as selfie-sticks that might obstruct the cameras. There are also size restrictions as well.

Nevertheless, newly-appointed PLO secretary-general and heir-apparent Saeb Erekat slammed the decision on Saturday.

Writing to EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, Erekat expressed his “outrage and indignation” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, and a post on Twitter. Erekat called the decision “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.”

The EBU, which produces the show, also banned flags from other disputed political entities such as Crimea, Northern Cyprus and – as the “Palestine Chronicle” noted – the Islamic State. (No, this is no joke – the PC really did write that and apparently really intended it as a geographical and political reference.)

The first semi-final will be held on May 10, the second on May 12 and the final date is set for May 14.

Rachel Levy

New York Hasidic Hipster Band Brings Message Of Unity and Peace to Jerusalem

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – A popular Hasidic hipster musical band based out of New York, known as “Zusha,” performed in Jerusalem’s Yellow Submarine music center this weekend. As it does in all of its performances, Zusha sought to inspire and elevate the Jerusalem audience through its Carlebach-style music.

“What we’re trying to do with our music is to gather people together and bring them back to Israel. Even if our listeners are not in Israel, we try to elevate them to Israel,” Shlomo Galsin of Zusha told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

For Shlomo and the other two members of his band, Elisha Mlotek and Zechariah Goldschmiedt, “Israel” is more than just a geographic location or the name of a country, but a state of elevation through music.

“Whether you are religious or not, everyone needs to elevate themselves from one level to the next and music is a wonderful medium to do that,” explained Shlomo. “This was essential to the [Jewish] Temple, and if it was essential to the Temple, which was the epicenter of Israel, then it is what Israel is all about.”

In particular, Zusha’s mission is to elevate people to a higher level of unity and interconnection with one another. “That’s the goal of the music, to make our niggunim (hymns, melodies) accessible and relatable to everybody,” Elisha elaborated to TPS.

The “niggunim” referred to by Elisha, are the wordless melodies that automatically transcend language barriers and are therefore used by Zusha to unify people from all different backgrounds.

“Not using words really unites a room full of people that don’t speak to each other or know each other, and may even disagree with each other” said Zechariah Goldschmiedt to TPS. “Part of our mission is to bring people together that normally don’t agree with each other and one of the ways to do that is to just not say anything at all, and instead, use your pure voice before opinions even come into place.”

“It doesn’t mean that you should lose who you are but it means that once in awhile, it’s important to realize that we’re all connected and that we should all be looking out for each other,” Zechariah added.

In addition to its many lyric-free melodies, Zusha also attempts to create unity among people by adopting music styles from many different cultures.

“You will often hear a little bit of reggae, some Latin percussive rhythms, as well as some jazz,” explained Elisha to TPS. “But what you ultimately experience is the music resonating with the soul, and that’s something we’ve experienced with both Jews and non-Jews and is something we want to share with the rest of the world.”

Zusha’s very formation was built upon the principle of unity and coming together from different backgrounds. “We were all on different journeys and at different locations,” Elisha told TPS as he described Zusha’s beginnings. “Shlomo was at Yeshiva University, Zechariah was at New York University and I was at Queens College and we all met downtown in this small community that was growing and wanted to feel the spirit of unity.”

“We found unity in the niggunim that we sang together and that’s how we first became friends and grew together spiritually and creatively,” continued Elisha.

During their trip to Israel this past week, Zusha spread its message of unity through music in many different parts of the country. “We’ve been traveling around Israel from Safed to Jerusalem to Beit Shemesh, gathering people together to sing niggunim,” Elisha said to TPS.

In light of the current wave of attacks throughout Israel over the past few months, Zusha hopes that its message of unity will lead to an end to conflict. “The only thing that is going to solve conflict is bringing people together instead being left in completely separate units,” Shlomo said to TPS. “The more we unite, the more we break away all the discord.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Elton John to Perform in Israel and BDS Can Go Fly a Kite [video]

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

His gift is his song and his one is for Israel.

British rock icon Elton John will return to Israel next for his fourth performance, the Boycott Israel-BDS Movement notwithstanding.

Yediot Acharonot, which reported the news Thursday, did not give an exact date.

He first appeared in Israel in 1979, when he told reporters:

In all of my performances throughout the world, I have seen an audience that participated so actively. Everyone joined in to sing with all their hearts, and I only am sorry that because of the lighting, I was not able to see these warm people.

He added that he decided to play in Israel because he wanted “a place a bit different.”

Elton John also performed in Israel in 1980, 1993, 2010.

One of his visits was very problematic after “Paparazzi” tangled with his guards at his hotel, resulting in a cancellation of his scheduled performance the next day. However, he returned to two days later to entertain thousands of fans.

In his 2012 performance in Tel Aviv, Elton John said on stage:

Shalom! We’re so happy to be back here. Ain’t nothing gonna stop us from coming, baby.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

The Maccabeats’ Latest Chanukah Tune is a Real Sizzler! [video]

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Some Chanukah holiday music videos provide dynamic melodies, interesting lyrics and if you’re lucky, a few good visuals thrown in for good measure.

But how many can you honestly admit actually include a decent latke recipe?

The Maccabeats a capella all-male singing group has done it again, bringing together all the best elements of great Jewish holiday entertainment in one tidy little music video for Chanukah.

Chomp on!

Hana Levi Julian

Bon Jovi Plays Tel Aviv [video]

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Bon Jovi played Tel Aviv on Saturday night to tens of thousands of fans.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Mariah Carey to Perform in Israel August 18

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) American R&B singer songwriter Mariah Carey, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, will give her first performance in Israel, at the Rishon LeZions Live Park, on August 18.

A few weeks ago, Carey and her partner, billionaire James Packer, fourth richest person in Australia, were the dinner guests of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.

Carey and Packer were in Israel to meet a “spiritual leader.”

In April, Packer’s business partner, Hollywood producer Brett Ratner, said at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards that Packer owned a home in Caesarea, next door to the Netanyahus, and is now an Israeli citizen.

Ratner called Packer the “first non-Jewish Zionist in history.”

Maria Carey is a major philanthropist who has been associated with the Fresh Air Fund; co-founded a camp in Fishkill, New York, for inner-city youth; is well-known nationally for her work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation; contributed to the obstetrics department of New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Medical Center; was named Hunger Ambassador of the World Hunger Relief Movement; supports the Save the Music Foundation; the list literally goes on and on.

Carey’s net worth is valued at more than $500 million.


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