Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast

The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviews the latest Israeli and Jewish artists and covers a wide range of styles from Carlebach, cantorial, klezmer, Israeli trance, Mizrachi, rock, Sephardic, hasidic and everything in between. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. IsraelBeat broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Interview with Soulfram on new CD Monkey Dance

Interview with brothers Noah and Nachman Solomon on their respective Jewish rock bands Soulfarm and haMAKOR, both hailing from Moshav Mevo Modiin and both releasing new CDs. Hear about Monkey Dance, Shlomo Carlebach and life on the farm.

Plus Ron Kean's Kabbalistic rock opera about the Baal Shem Tov, the Last Zionist from rapper Subliminal, new Israeli folk singer Avi Adaki, blues legend Leadbelly's 1942 anti Hitler song, and fan favorite Jordan Chaviv.
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Director Robin Garbose: from "Head of the Class" to Jewish spirituality

Interview with Robin Garbose, former director of the hit TV sitcom Head of the Class is in Israel to talk about her new Jewish movie A Light for Greytowers, featuring an all female cast and being shown to all-female audiences only.

Plus, a classic interview with Erran Baron Cohen and Chanukah music from Matisyahu.

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Israeli Rocker Ilan Green gets Biblical on Voices of the Levites

Interview with Ilan Green, formerly of Israeli rock group Nikmat HaTractor (Tractor's Revenge) on his new CD Voice of the Levites which features instruments he personally created based on ancient instruments used in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Plus, Chanukah music that rocks featuring Woody Guthrie, the Klezmatics, Matt Bar's Bible Raps, Udi Davidi, and Yerachmiel "Rocky " Zeigler.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Bruno's Brother Erran Baron Cohen Releases Hanukkah Album

Now that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is getting press for being sued by a "former terrorist" for his movie Bruno, it may be nice to read about his more musical brother Erran Baron Cohen, who last year released a CD called Songs in the Key of Hanukkah.

Erran Baron Cohen Releases Hanukkah Album
by Ben Bresky December 14, 2008

( "When I was a child I remember my parents used to play an old Hanukkah record with school children singing out of tune and a bad piano player." says Erran Baron Cohen. Now, the musician known for his "world beat fusion" music has released a Hanukkah album that can be enjoyed by children as well as hipsters.

Songs in The Key of Hanukkah is a compilation album features musicians from the funky rapper Y-Love to the world-beat feel of Yasmin Levy and Idan Reichel to new folk acoustic versions of Rock of Ages. Baron Cohen, whose brother is the star of the hit movie Borat, spoke with Israel National Radio's Ben Bresky about Hanukkah, recording in Germany and cool Jewish music.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Singer-Songwriter Noah Lubin Leaves "Egypt " for Israeli Yeshiva

Interview with singer-songwriter Noah Lubin on his new album Leaving Egypt which mixes folk, blues and a keyboard player called The Ghost of Harlem. Noah tells how he left his personal Egypt to come to yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Also, tribute songs to kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit by hasidic singer Avraham Fried, jazz musician Daniel Zamir, and rapper SHI 360. Plus music from Soulfarm and the CD give-away question of the week.