The growing number of young Israeli creatives moving to Berlin is a trend that’s been discussed ad nauseum. In Israel, we are always saddened when someone leaves us, and it’s especially biting when their destination was once the epicenter of the final solution. Where once you would be sent to a concentration camp to be […]

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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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Public Enemy’s 13th Bar Mitzvah album gets its name from a well known, albeit very cynical Yiddish proverb – דער מענטש טראַכט און גאָט לאַכט – however, there do not seem to be any expressly Jewish themes in the title track or the rest of the album. But whatever, […]

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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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Had Bob Marley been alive he would have been 70 this year. A group of Israelis got together and in celebration of this auspicious anniversary, did a completely a Capella version of Marley’s “Could you be Love.” The results are remarkable! And almost hypnotic – I’m not kidding when I say that I have watched […]

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This video features Dave Foley from Kids in the Hall fame as a Nazi singer. He and his Fascist friends get the shit kicked out of them. The music is a track called “Red, White and Black” by a band called Off!. The band, and their latest album “Wasted Years” are described as follows: “Searingly […]

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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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