Putumayo Presents Israel

A new generation of Israeli artists explores the diverse musical traditions of this multicultural Middle Eastern country.
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Comprised largely of immigrants, modern Israel is home to diverse groups of people who have come from around the world to settle in this cultural melting pot. Jews, Arabs and Christians live and work together peacefully in Jerusalem, a city whose ancient history and mysticism are held sacred to all three religions. In the bustling cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, nightclubs, boutiques and beachside bars are more common than bus bombings and missile strikes.

Nowhere is the diversity of Israel more evident than in its music. A beguiling fusion of European and Middle Eastern melodies with other elements from the vast Jewish Diaspora, Israels music reflects the multiple influences of its inhabitants. ‘Putumayo presents Israel’ – a collection highlighting a new generation of Israeli musicians who transcend the political strife depicted on the evening news. From Yemenite chants to Jamaican reggae, this collection represents some of the diverse sounds impacting the popular music of modern Israel.

Liner notes in English, Spanish, and French.

Label: Putumayo World Music, 2007Track Listing
To listen to a sample, click on the title of a song that is followed by .

1. Etti Ankri – Nilkach Meemeni Sod
2. Itay Pearl – Chipopo
3. Hadas Dagul – Seret Eelem
4. Rona Kenan with Gidi Gov – Ha’rikud Ha’muzar Shel Ha’lev
5. Mosh Ben Ari – Eem Rak Na’iz
6. Moshav Band – Bereshit
7. Zafa – Tariki
8. Sheva – Ashrey Ha’ish
9. David Broza – Srochim
10. Tea Packs – Vehapa’am Shir Ahava
11. Amal Murkus – Ta’alu
12. The Idan Raichel Project – Mi Ma’amakim

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