Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Israel My Kind of Place: The Music

These are a few examples of the music that listen to here in Israel. There is a nice mix of Jewish cultures here and Idan Rachel is a good example of that fusion. This song is made up of both Amharic (Ethiopian) and Hebrew lyrics.

Idan Raichel's Project - Mima'amakim

Mosh Ben Ari has a nice blend of reggae, pop, and traditional band blends. Every time I listen to Enatsel I feel like I am going into a storm and coming out the other side okay. Having played drums when I was younger I know that this one of those songs that would be a work out to perform.

Mosh Ben Ari - Enatsel


diva said...

That was cool. Loved the first one, Idan Rachel. It sounded familiar so I googled. Was connected with WOMAD so I think I have heard it before.

Ehav Ever said...

Yeah, I like it to. From what I understand the Amharic lyrics in it during the chorus is from an old Ethiopian song.

Marian said...

Idan Rachel and Mosh ben Ari are two of my favorite Israeli singers. I have a google alert on both of them, so imagine my surprise to follow the alert and them them both mentioned on your site!

I hope that you will mention other artists who pick up African flavors in their work. They are difficult to discover here in the States. I found those two based on reviews on other sites.

Are there many Yemenite Jews in Houston? That's where my mother's side of the family is from. I visit there often.

Ehav Ever said...

Hello Maran,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, outside of the Yemenite music I listen to, Idan Rachan and Mosh Ben Ari are my favorites. There are a number of Israeli musicians who are influenced by North African melodies. The Ethiopian influence is only starting to catch on in the last 7 years or so. There is another artist I know of who uses Ethiopian children singing in his songs. His name is Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir. If I can find a video I will post it.

In Houston there are not many Yemenite families that I know of. There is only one Sephardic synagogue in all of Houston. That is Beith Rambam south of the Galleria area. I think there was a guy there that mentioned that there were a few Yemenites, but this was like one family. I do know of a Yemenite Jewish family in Dallas, because they once visited my old synagogue in Manhattan.

Marian said...

Believe it or not, I have the CD produced by Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir. But if you find a video, post away. All I have is audio.

I went to Reform Biennial in Houston in 2004 and 2005 and they held some Sephardic services. I was wondering if there were was a synagogue there. Now I know. Thanks!