Jewish Journal

One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

May 17, 2013 | 12:33 pm

Rotem Shefy. An overnight success.

Rotem Shefy is a 28 year old Israeli singer, and the voice of the most unique cover of Radiohead's Karma Police.

Shefy's oriental version of Karma Police was uploaded to YouTube on April 23rd and in less than two weeks reached over 210,000 views, becoming a must hear song. In an interview to Israelife, Shefy, a singer from Tel-Aviv, seems quite surprised from the clip's overnight success, and explains that it actually started as a private joke:

"In 2009, I started my first year in the music academy- Rimon. In my second year there, I joined a Radiohead ensemble, which performed covers of the band's songs. There, I met cellist Leat Sabbah, and we became very close friends. Karma Police started as a private joke between the two of us, and then between all members of the group. Before we started playing Karma Police, I would sing a short oriental version of a part of the song and everyone would laugh. After we graduated, this "private joke" of us became the real deal, as we decided to turn Karma Police around and rearrange in into a middle-eastern song. We started a Kickstarter campaign and raised the money for the production. After recording, we filmed the video, where we created those new fun characters, and the rest is history…"


Did you have any ideas it would become such a great hit?

"None of us imagined it would become such a viral hit. The song was born out of respect to Radiohead, when our main goal was to enjoy ourselves and have fun."


Will we be hearing more from you in the near future?


"Both Liat and I are musicians, and we work both together and separately. In the past two years, I've been working on my own original material and perform with a band. Soon, we will start recording.

My plans for the future is to never stop creating music, whether it is original or covers that inspire me, record everything and then release them. I also hope I would combine acting with my musical life."


Karma Police:


Vocals: Rotem Shefy (https://www.facebook.com/RotemShefy?f...)
Cello: Leat Sabbah (https://www.facebook.com/leatsabbahcello)
Oud: Yaniv Taichman
Percussion: Ori Dekel
Produced: Rotem Shefy & Leat Sabbah
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered: Avi Ein Zur

Producer: Roi Kurland- green productions www.greenproductions.co.il
Director & Editor: Amos Geva
Director of Photography: Shay Druyak
Assistant Camera: Orr Weiner
Concept: Nir Raizes
Color Grading: Oren Agami
Co-Producer: Yael Gal
Set Dressing: Danny Bar shay "HaKol Dvash"
Hair/Makeup: Elran Efargan
Cast: Idan Shefy, Erez Solow, Yogev Ben-Ami, Beata Garber, Einav Yaacoby, Snir Shefy-Shalev, Eitan Shalev

Executive Producers: Riki Cohen, Barbara Trommer, Paul Sabbah, Ilan Tamir, Nitzan Canetty, Guy & Einat Cohen, Eran Sisam, Carmela Segal Nielsen & Erik and dahlia Nielsen, Yaron Shefy

Special thanks to Kickstarter Donators:
Erez Keynan, Rotem Tamir, Anyssa Neumann, Mark Kuzmack, Aviv Pressburger, Jessica Schutzman, Dana, Sarah Aroeste, Noam Liebeskind, Noah Temple, Martyna, Michal Weiner, Daniel Shahar, Asaf Meidan, Hagar Levy, Ella Joy Meir, Jechiel Herschensen, Ryan Frank, Michael Fridman, Daniel Koren, Marta Bagratuni, Yemi Gonzales, Laurence Cohen, Dor Shemer, Nitzan Tzifroni, Laura Kegeles, Daniel Allen, Gillian Berkowitz, Neta Doppelt, Jechiel Evers, Nehemia Shefy, Ron Dotan, Roby Fayer, Daya Tolkatzir, Ayelet Shabani, Jonathan Maimon, Itamar Feitlovich, Dorit Shefy, Alicia Horwitz, Shai Bachar, Gil Epstein, Hana Rosen, Jonathan Meister, David Meister, Roy Niederhoffer, Hari Bernstein, Tsfania Sangauker, Idan Shefy, Anastasia Lekatsas

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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