Sounds Israeli: The music of Liran Danino

(Sounds Israeli is edited by Stefan Babjak)

This week we’re featuring the beautiful heartfelt music of a rising Israeli star named Liran Danino. Danino was born in Petach Tikva in 1991 and studied music at Ben Shemen Youth Village. He appeared in TV shows as a young child and eventually ended up winning 4th place on the popular Israeli reality show “Cochav Nolad” (A Star is Born.) The following song (“Lelechet” “To Walk”) was his first major commercial success.

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Sounds Israeli: The music of Efrat Gosh

Efrat Gosh grew up in Herzliya and went to music school with a concentration in Jazz. The following song by Gosh is about what it feels like to wake up in the morning after a great night out on the town.

Have a wonderful Purim!

(Sounds Israeli is edited by Stefan Babjak)

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Sounds Israeli: The music of Kaveret

This week we explore the music of Israel’s most famous 70’s rock band, כוורת ( “beehive”) in Hebrew.  Kaveret formed in 1973 and won much success around the world for their unique shows which often involved entire skits called “Sipurey Poogy” ( Poogy’s Tales.)

In 1974, the entire population of Israel was 3 million, yet 500,000 people reportedly attended one of their Tel Aviv performances that year.

Here’s a live 1984 version of their song “YoYah”.

(Sounds Israeli is edited by Stefan Babjak)

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Sounds Israeli: The music of Ester Rada

Ester Rada is an Israeli born singer who blends soul, jazz, funk, R&B, and Ethiopian musical influences into her own unique style. 

Rada is on the rise in Israel and around the world, just finishing a tour of Europe, the US and Canada, and opening for Alicia Keys during her Israel concert. She released her self-produced EP in 2013 called “Life Happens” and is currently working on her first full length album expected later this year.

(Sounds Israeli is edited by Stefan Babjak)

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Sounds Israeli: The music of Shotei Hanevua

This week’s song is from the 2005 Israeli “Band of the Year” Shotei Hanevua, literally “The Fools Prophecy”. The song “Ein Ani” means “I’m Not” and invokes a mystical Israeli desert vibe.  The band describes themselves as a fusion of dance, reggae and hip-hop with a Middle Eastern flavor.

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Sounds Israeli: The music of HaBanot Nechama

HaBanot Nechama (“The Comfort Girls”) is a three-piece female vocalist Israeli folk band out of Tel Aviv that sings a harmonious blend of soul, funk, and folk music in both English and Hebrew. 

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Sounds Israeli: The music of Los Caparos

Tonight we bring you Los Caparos, a Russian-Israeli band known for its raucous concerts and songs which evoke the experiences of Jews from the FSU who came to Israel to start a new life.

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Sounds Israeli: Sarit Hadad performs at Ariel Sharon’s memorial service

The following is Sarit Hadad’s performance, at the memorial service before Ariel Sharon’s funeral on Tuesday, of Naomi Shemer’s song ‘We’re both from the same village’. (For more background on the song, see a recent report at The Algemeiner)

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Sounds Israeli: It’s never too late for The Hanukkah Song

The death of Arik Einstein three weeks ago pre-preempted the video we were going to feature on the Hanukkah edition of ‘Sounds Israeli’. And, though the holiday has now passed, we’re sure you’ll still enjoy the original airing of Adam Sandler’s classic on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update on December 3, 1994.

Sounds Israeli: The music of Sarit Hadad

Sarit Hadad is a Mizrahi singer who was crowned best female singer of the 2000s by the Israel music television channel (Channel 24).  Here’s Hadad performing an Arabic classic titled ‘Intel Ormi‘ (You are my life).

Sounds Israeli: The music of Arik Einstein

Israelis have been mourning the loss of musical icon Arik Einstein since his death from an aneurysm on Tuesday night.  The prolific singer-songwriter recorded more than 500 songs during his 40-year career, including the following from 1971 (co-written with Miki Gavrielov) titled “Ani Ve’Atah”. (English translation of the lyrics follow the video.)

You and I we’ll change the world
you and I by then all will follow
Others have said it before me but
doesn’t matter you and I we’ll change the world.

You and I we’ll try from the beginning
it will be tough for us, no matter, it’s not too bad!
Others have said it before me but it
doesn’t matter you and I we’ll change the world.