Rough Guide to the Music of Israel

Rough Guide to the Music of Israel

     
 

Listening to the collection, you have to wonder if Israel's music scene is as moribund as it's portrayed. Many of the best cuts, such as those by the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra or Yair Dalal, owe a huge debt to Arab music, showing how broad Semitic culture is, but not giving a real clue to Israel's own identity. Granted, Israel is a verySee more details below

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Listening to the collection, you have to wonder if Israel's music scene is as moribund as it's portrayed. Many of the best cuts, such as those by the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra or Yair Dalal, owe a huge debt to Arab music, showing how broad Semitic culture is, but not giving a real clue to Israel's own identity. Granted, Israel is a very young country, but its heritage is ancient. And that history helps two of the best tracks, Chava Alberstein's Yiddish "Margaritkalach" and Yasmin Levy's Sehpardic "Locura," which show two of the major strains of the Jewish Diaspora. Also includes tracks by the late Ofra Haza, arguably the biggest international star to emerge from Israel, Zehava Ben, Hadag Nahash, with ahip-hop-lite "Kamti."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633116823
catalogNumber:
331168
Rank:
120821

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