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

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rod Stewart to Perform in Israel

From Arutz 7:

British singer Rod Stewart is set to perform for 24,000 people at Ramat Gan Stadium near Tel Aviv on July 1st. He previously performed in Israel in 1983. In an interview broadcast on Channel 1 TV, Stewart said he remembers Israel being "very, very hot, and we painted the stage white. The paint wouldn't dry and everybody had white paint all over their shoes."

The journalist interviewing him informed Stewart that 6th grade students in Israel learn his song "Sailing" for English class.

According to E Online, Stewart will visit Masada, the Dead Sea and the Old City of Jerusalem prior to his concert.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yeshiva Hip-Hop Band "Shtar" Releases New CD

Ori M’Ori gave up rapping after he started attending yeshiva in Jerusalem. But it was a rabbi who encouraged him to continue. "He said it was a chillul Hashem, a desecration of G-d's name for me to stop rapping," said M’Ori. The young musician now raps Jewish inspired lyrics with Shtar, who have just released their debut CD.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Paris Museum Exhibits "Radical Jewish Culture"

From Arutz 7:
A museum in Paris is holding concerts and exhibits about a New York Jewish jazz scene called Radical Jewish Culture. The musicians center around John Zorn, a saxophonist who began the Tzadik record label in the 1990s. Most of the music falls in the category of jazz and klezmer based on Jewish themes. American-Jewish musicians such as David Krakauer and Marc Ribot have been performing in Paris, France at the Musee d'art et d'histoire du Judaisme. The exhibit runs through July 18th.

New Band Terra Rossa Gets Back to Israeli Nature

Interview with Yishai Ben-Yaacov of the Israeli band Terra Rossa who draw their inspiration from nature and from the "crazy land " of Jerusalem and Israel. Hear about their new CD Wanderings and what the Kabbalah says about instrumental music.

Plus, actor Drake from TV's Degrassi: The Next Generation talks about his Jewishness and his new rap career. And YoungArts' Sarah Arison and SocialMiami discuss Guava Rugelach, where cultures combine at Miami’s Jewish Music Festival.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

American Rock Group "Gov't Mule" Performs in Tel Aviv

From Arutz 7:

The American rock group Gov't Mule performed this weekend in Tel Aviv at the Reading 3 club. Before the concert they played two songs at the Mike's Place bar, which was the site of a terrorist attack in 2003. The band is comprised of members of the Grammy award winning group The Allman Brothers.

The band expressed no political opinions. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post's David Brinn, guitarist Warren Haynes said that due to travelling, he was unaware that other bands had cancelled their Israeli tour dates. Haynes stated, "I can see both sides of the issue, but unless you’re fearing for your safety, I think you should carry through on the shows that are booked. Our intention is to play for our fans, and it’s not politically motivated. It’s all about music and spreading happiness and joy."

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Interview with Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit on his new acoustic CD "Zeh ", his hip-hop music with rapper Ephryme on the Darshan project, and living in a Jewish retreat center.

Plus, Latma TV's controversial new flotilla parody We Con The World, Yaakov Shwekey live in Efrat, Nava Tehila, Matisyahu, Infected Mushroom and more.

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Brody - Remixing Jewish Minds with Music

Derek Cling and Natanel Danziger interview Jewish singer/hip hop artist Benjamin Brody, and talk about the inherent value that music has as a form of Jewish outreach today. They also discuss the general theme of music as being a 'route to the soul', and the importance of sharing positive, Jewish, spiritual music with the world. Click here to download:

Interview with musician / stand-up comic Ronen Goldberg

Jerusalem area stand-up comedian Ronen Goldberg debuts his new musical career.

Plus, Yehudit Weinberger and Rut Cheney of the Rimon Trio about what it's like being a religious female classical musician in Israel, and a new unique student music in Maale Adumim.

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