Oznia, a blog of Israel things

~Israeli youTube Mashups by melthebest
March 17, 2009, 3:14 pm
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Israeli DJ Kutiman (myspace.com/kutiman) has put together an incredible group of songs made entirely of youTube videos.  You can check out all the tracks at thru-you.com


~Avishai Cohen’s Shalom Aleichem Video by melthebest
February 23, 2009, 6:31 am
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Israel jazz musician has put out quite a good video for his popular version of the Shabbat song “Shalom Aleichem.”  Enjoy!

~Recs from Israeli Rocker Tamar Eisenman by ozniablog
February 3, 2009, 7:47 am
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Over at Makom, they have a nice interveiw of Israeli guitarist Tamar Eisenman with what she is listening to, reading and interested in.  Check it out here.

~Yitzchak “Y-love” Jordan by aklionsky

I was listening to NPR this evening, and I heard something about setting Talmud to a beat, so I started paying attention. A few minutes later, the full segment came on (listen to the segment here)–it was about Yitzchak “Y-love” Jordan.


Y-love has become a famous musician in religious-hip hop genres, and took away more votes than even Matisyahu at the Jewish Music Awards.

He was born to Puerto Rican and Ethiopian parents, and began keeping with Jewish traditions at 7 years old. When he was older, he went to Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he and his chavruta (studying partner) used rap to help with quick recall of Talmudic passages.

Now, Y-Loves music is in Hebrew, English, Latin, Arabic, and Aramaic–something which he says he hopes will connect people of all faiths, as all these languages are holy to some group of people. Y-love says he’s “building bridges and not walls between people” with his music, and anyone who likes music and is devoted to their faith will find something for them in his music.

Check out this video with some music clips and also Y-love talking about his background!

~Yom Ha’atzmaut Is Coming! by aji525
April 7, 2008, 1:23 am
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Want to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel? Hear great Israeli music? Enjoy Israel’s greatest talents? On May 7, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall Israel’s 60th Anniversary will be celebrated with musicians such as The Idan Raichel Project, David Broza, Rami Kleinstein, Habanot Nechama, Matisyahu, and many others! Israel has so much to offer, especially its musical talent. This is a special time in Israel, and we should make it special here especially in New York.

Also, since Yom Hazikaron (Israel Remembrance Day), precedes this joyous day, a tribute will be held during the concert for the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror. Even though there have been some rough times we should all celebrate the creation of the state of Israel. And, what better way to celebrate than with Israeli music?! Usually, in Israel at this time, there is singing and dancing in the streets and loud celebrations. Why not join in with that happiness for Israel right here where we live?

There are many concerts here in the United States, especially in New York, from great Israeli artists. Keep updated with these websites.

The Idan Raichel Project’s website
David Broza’s website
Rami Kleinstein’s website
Matisyahu’s website
Hadag Nachash’s website (in hebrew)

For a taste of Idan Raichel’s music, check out this video: