The latest video to drop from Israeli / Canadian rapper Shi 360 features Oakland MC Zion I and begins with a clip from a speech by Robert F. Kennedy where he asks, in reference to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. “What kind of nation are we? Where do we want to be?” Given […]

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…and one date in Budapest. You can get the tour details here. Now, think about how weird that is. Avidan is hard core Israeli but his music is quintessentially American heartland indie. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, keep in mind that at Avidan’s 7th live show in 2011, he opened for Bob […]

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Riff Cohen is an Israeli singer from Jerusalem. Her family is North African and Riff often takes her Mother’s poetry and sets it to music. What emerges is a synergistic mix of all these disparate elements – contemporary musical sensibilities, French crooners and Middle Eastern influences all combine into a very compelling finished product. This […]

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The last time we featured Rotem Shefy, she had done a brilliant cover of Radiohead’s Karma Police, combining middle eastern melodies and western pop. Since then, that formula’s kind of been her thing, touring in Israel she has regaled audiences with similar Arab accented covers like Pump Up the Jam by Techtronic, Pink by Aerosmith, […]

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In episode 2 Mike spends the day with Ohad Cohen who as a secular teenager was a part of the nascent Israeli rap scene but is now fully immersed in the ultra orthodox Jewish community . He still has high hopes of making it as a rapper though.

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“How can we co-exist when one side doesn’t exist?” Welcome to Noisey Israel Palestine: Hip Hop in the Holy Land. After Noisey Atlanta, Noisey Jamaica, and Noisey Chiraq comes a series hosted and co-directed by Mike Skinner that takes the temperature of the rap scene in Israel and Palestine. In Episode 1 Mike […]

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Foreign Policy Magazine is what one picks up in order to get well written, informative and insightful articles about international politics. What I never expected was a similarly great article about A-WA, an Israeli band made up of three second generation Yemeni sisters who sing in contemporary, beat-inflected Arabic: From the shisha-smoking old lady with […]

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Republica was formed in the 90s and is still active. Crystal Lake are an Israeli act fronted by Alex Moerman and Paul Gorbulski. This track is a remix of Republica’s 1996 hit “Ready to Go” in the duo’s signature Hard Dance style. Rated “HU” for “HANDZUP MOTHERFUCKERS!” – the song features a hot car, booze, […]

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Small country! Much food! And Youtuber Emmy, who specializes in eating food from around the world, seems hell bent on eating everything Israel has to offer. Seriously. Above is the first time she “ate Israel” and I giuess she so enjoyed herself that she did three more episodes eating different foods from Israel sent to […]

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Israelis of all stripes and persuasions lip dub to Matisyahu’s hit song “Sunshine.” The video is gorgeous, goofy and earnest – a side of Israelis you don’t see much of in the daily news. Enjoy!

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