If you haven’t already heard these lot, get that changed! Daniella Reyhanian selects 10 influential Israeli artists you need to be listening to.
1) Sarit Hadad’s newest single, Yachad, was written to inspire the morale of IDF soldiers. The song’s lyrics “together we will win” are sung beautifully in this new song – my number one pick for this week!
2) Idan Raichel is an Israeli singer-songwriter who has topped the Israeli charts and gained a significant international fan base. He is performing two intimate piano concerts at JW3 this week – catch him before it’s too late!
3) Israeli music ensemble Tribal Dance are set to perform in Kalemegdan. The dance group combines ancient tribal instruments with modern sounds.
4) Named as one of Israel’s top 10 albums of the year, Geva Alon’s indie music is interesting and really should be listened to. He combines highly emotive lyrics with smooth, relaxing acoustic guitar.
5) Although not a new Israeli musican, Shlomi Shabat’s music is certainly one of Israel’s all time favourite musicians. His Mizrachi Sephardic style of music make him a classic Israeli musician that appeals to everyone.
6) Aviv Gefen’s new album, is currently dominating the Israeli music charts. His music is influenced by rock and inspired by Arik Einstein. He is currently a judge on the The Voice Israel, making him a hot news this summer..
7) Borgore, an Israeli electronic dance music producer and DJ incorporates dubstep with house and heavy metal influences. He’s collaborated with Miley Cyrus and achieved international success – check it out for a change to the usual Israeli pop! Read our interview with him here.
8) Israeli-Ethiopian singer Ester Rada released her debut album in March; a beautiful amalgamation of Ethiopian, American and Israeli influences. Its infectious blend of Ethio-Jazz, funk and soul make her an exciting Israeli singer to watch out for. Read our interview with her here.
9) Omer Adam is currently one of my favorite Israeli musicans. His dominance of the Israeli charts and Mizrachi inspired roots make him extremely popular in Israel. My favorite album, Good Boy Bad Boy, includes several must-hear songs.
10) Finally, Liran Danino’s new single, Harbe Mimech Nishar, is my last pick of the week. He was previously on the Israeli version of American Idol – Kohav Nolad on the same year as Omer Adam. His new album is set to be a huge hit in Israel in the coming months.