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On fire

By Dikla Kadosh

November 8, 2011 | 7:44 pm

Moshe Peretz

The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful love ballads: tales of lost loves, broken... read full article

  • With ‘New Soul,’ a new beginning

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    November 1, 2011 | 8:08 pm

    Yael Naim might need to have her head checked out.  Take her word for it.

    “I don’t know, I think I should go to a psychologist,” she says on the phone from France.  “What’s wrong?”  she asks, perhaps rhetorically, and laughs.

    No, she hasn’t suffered a breakdown on her...

  • Idan Raichel: From the Personal to the Universal

    by Lior Haykeen, Contributing Writer

    September 27, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Israeli megastar Idan Raichel launched his music career as a keyboardist for various other Israeli artists, with the hope of one day producing his own albums. In his first attempt to do so, Raichel created a studio in his parents’ basement in Kfar Saba and began recording anonymous...

  • From Jewish roots, band sprouts afro/new wave wings

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold are surprised they don’t have a larger Jewish fan base. Most of the songs on the band’s 2009 self-titled debut are in Hebrew, vocalist Top was born in Israel, and earlier this year the band played Jewlicious, a music festival for Jewish...

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  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • The romanticism of Matt Nathanson

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Pop-folkie Matt Nathanson had just returned from hanging in Hawaii, but it was a vacation he only enjoyed “50 percent,” he said.

    “I don’t really do it well,” the 38-year-old said of vacationing. “My time off is really spent digesting things for the music.”

    Still, for...

  • Israeli Philharmonic will play in London despite protest

    JTA

    September 1, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the prestigious BBC Proms in London despite calls for a boycott of its performance.

    The orchestra is scheduled to play Thursday night at the Royal Albert Hall. Audience members will have their bags searched in order to keep out...

  • French music renegade is re-discovered

    by iris mann

    August 17, 2011 | 11:18 am

    Although he is not widely known in the United States, the French-Jewish composer, lyricist, musician and singer Serge Gainsbourg is a legend in his native country. After Gainsbourg’s death from a heart attack, in 1991 at 62, French President François Mitterrand called him “our...

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