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, August 31, 2010

VIDEO: Famous Singer Shwekey in Israel, Returning to Sephardic Roots

Famous Hassidic singer Yaakov Shwekey arrived in Israel for two days of concerts, in Jerusalem and in Rechovot. leaving for the airport right after the birth of his fourth child-a boy. Israel National News TV met Shwekey after his Jerusalem concert and spoke with him about his music, the performances, his new album dedicated to Sephardic music, and his wife's and his activities for special-ed children.


Iddo Netanyahu's Holocaust Play

Dr. Iddo Netanyahu's new play Happy End is an historical drama relevant for today. Yael Shmargad of the Herut Women talks about the play which will be performed at the organization's 60th anniversary this week. She also discusses the groups day care centers throughout Israel and how current child care is relevant for a Zionist organization founded in 1948 by Menachem Begin.

Plus, Swedish metal band Sabaton plays a pro-IDF song in Israel and young Israeli composer Matan Porat gears up for the International Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. Also, Shlomo Artzi sings Zev Jabotinsky, groovy Breslov music from Guy Tzvi Mintz, the harp lady of Jerusalem Muriel Eileen, post-emo neo-Carlebach with Yehuda Green, hot new Israeli music from Sagiv Cohen and Tikkun Haklali by Erez Yechiel.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Marsh Dondurma Ingathers Exilic Music at Red Sea Jazz Festival

The Machane Yehuda marketplace, better known as the shuk, is where you can see fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you're lucky, you can also see Marsh Dondurma, a 15 piece band from Jerusalem. Percussionist Dotan Yogev talks about their new CD entitled Schuna, their performance at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, and how Israeli audiences differ from others.

Plus, new music from Tzfat based singer Avraham Meir, Psalms from Ron Kean and music from the Eilat Jazz Festival's new director, Avishai Cohen.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Jewish Mexican Singer Yosef Daniel Live in the Studio

Jewish Mexican musician Yosef Daniel performs exclusive acoustic tracks and tells about his unique spiritual journey from a church with Jewish roots, to Gush Katif and finally to Jerusalem.

Plus, an interview with the organizers of HaTzeaka, "The Scream ", a unique prayer gathering and music festival in the middle of the Judean desert which culminates with a mass cry out to Hashem. Also, music from Elad Avraham and Sinai Tor.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Rabbi Lazer Brody's Exotic Healing Melodies

Rabbi Lazer Brody, a former IDF war hero turned motivational speaker has just released a new CD entitled Calming Waters, a collection of original compositions inspired by the nature of Israel. Hear Rabbi Brody talk about his life, his music and the Jewish connection to the Native American Cherokees.

Plus, an exclusive Arutz 7 interview with Jewish music superstar Avraham Fried, new music from the Levins, and Aaron Catz's new project Silent Devotion.


Record Company President Ronny Vance Becomes Yeshiva Student

"I don't think Bel Biv DeVoe will be visiting me in yeshiva, " says Ronny Vance, former president of Geffen and Interscope, the largest record companies in the United States. The man who signed 2Pac, New Edition, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and countless other hits acts is now happy to spend his days learning in a Jerusalem yeshiva and helping Jewish-Israeli artists such as his former Shabbat guest Yonatan Razel, a young man he met on Birthright named DK Benjamin, and Israel's "next Johnny Carson, " Isaac Shiraz, who was recently featured on MTV.

Plus, awesome new music from Madboojah Project, Yosef Daniel, the Stadlin Twins, the Breslov Bar Band, the Levins, Hemi Rudner, and Pshutei Haam.


Jewish Poetry Slam and Poems of Tisha B'Av

This unique show features listener submitted poetry from Israel, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, America and more.

The annual Israel Beat Poetry Slam features fresh, exciting voices on Jewish and Israeli topics. Featured writers include:
* Ruth Fogelman of Jerusalem, with poems of Tisha B'Av and the new Dead Poets Society in Gush Etzion,
* Ashira Malka from the Negev desert,
* Ben Pincus from New York talks about Blood Oranges and the Disengagment,
* Bernard J. Shapiro from Texas talks about the Six Day War,
* Devorah Ahavah raps about Hashem,
* Stella Barbut from Sri Lanka reads The Yearning
* David Orbach from China sings Jerusalem is on the Edge of Eternity,
* Dina Moskowitz shares Ode to the Temple Mount,
* Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein shares the poetry of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook,
* Masha Rutitsky talks about the Mumbai Massacre,
* Eitan Divinsky from Chicago writes about Jewish heroism,
* Ian Heiss from Pittsburgh submits his Torah Parsha poetry,
* Esther Feldman from Cleveland shares The Home Within Us.


Jerusalem's Historic Pargod Theater

Arie Mark talks about the historic Pargod Theater he started in Jerusalem's Nachlaot neigborhood which existed from 1969-2005. Hear about his own Holocaust story, plus adventures with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, jazz bands and more Israeli musicians who have performed there over the years.

Plus, The Yellow Submarine concert club, and Channel 24, Israel's music television. This program is 3 Weeks friendly.

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