How many of these Israeli music artists do you know?

How many of these Israeli music artists do you know?

In the Jewish world, music has served as a differentiating element. All the ethnic branches of Judaism have their own music (Sephardi, Klezmer, Yemenite, etc.) as well as their own exponents. The State of Israel is musically rich because of the diversity of the Hebrew world. Jews from all over the globe gathered in our holy land after a long diaspora and created a new culturally rich society. In this post, you will know some good examples of Israeli music (some of the seventies, others from the eighties) that still sound very well.

Yosef Karduner

This talented Hasidic Jew represents a musical renewal in the orthodox world. Karduner was born in 1969, and even though he grew up in an observant family, during his youthful years he moved away from the faith and got closed to rock music. When he rendered military service, he returned to Hashem’s path and used his music as an instrument of worship. His influences from rock, jazz and other styles make him an example of creativity and devotion. The way he performs the psalms is outstanding.

Chava Alberstein

This is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable Israeli singers. Although his most characteristic style is Yiddish folklore (specifically, Klezmer,) she has explored other genres with great success.

He was born in Szczecin, northern Poland, and moved to Israel at the age of four. Her musical career began in 1964: her performance in a nightclub in Jaffa opened the doors to sign her first record contract with CBS. During her military service, she spent a lot of time entertaining the troops with her musical performances. This was decisive for her release to stardom in the radio and television. In the 1980s she began to write her own songs and until now is one of Israel’s most influential artists.

Shoshana Damari

It’s amazing how time goes by. Ten years ago, we said goodbye to this wonderful Israeli musician and her music is more effective than ever. Damari emigrated with her family from Yemen during a time when things were difficult for the Jewish community in that region. She settled in Rishon LeZion and as a teenager she was already singing and playing drums like the angels. Since the 1940s, her characteristic voice and strong Yemeni accent gave her prominence in the theater circles of the time. In the eighties she was still an icon and was quite gallant during her whole life.


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Perhaps one of the most famous rock bands in Israel, and definitely an influence on the generations that followed the eighties. This band was active for a little more than ten years, dissolved and returned to play since 2003, with much commercial success. Mashina began with Yuval Bnai, who, like many other Israeli musicians, became famous since he served in the military. There he met another member of the band and little by little the others arrived. Their success “Send me an angel” is one of the rock classics that still sound on the radio.

The musical style of Mashina is quite varied, with many ska elements and the deep sound of British bands like The Cure. Their songs talk about daily life, about the absurd, with high doses of irony.

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This is one of the musical rarities that only true music-lovers know. They were famous for their success “Golem.” HaClique is one of the first Israeli post-punk bands, influenced by the British New Wave (Bauhaus, Joy Division, The Damned, etc.) It began in the eighties (and to say this is almost a no-brainer.) Like Mashina, they dissolved after a decade and they met again until the death of two of its members. From the beginning of the band, HaClique always looked for a different and unique sound and a different concept of what was sounding then on the Israeli radio, and they got it, of course.

The Churchills

This hard rock band was originally from Tel Aviv. The group had a short but intense career in England in the early 1970s. They started in 1965, as a band of high school students, composed of Selvin Lifshitz, Yitzchak Klepter, Miki Gabriellov and Ami Treibich. The group got that name because of the nickname “Churchill” of Itzhak Klepter, which is spotted in 1967 during a concert by Robb Huxley (guitarist of New Tornadoes) who integrates the group in place of Klepter to carry out His military service.

In Israel, under the name The Churchills, the group became well known, among others, by cooperation with the singer Arik Einstein and contributed a remarkable contribution to the creation of the Israeli rock. This is a great example of their work.

If you had never heard about any of the artists mentioned above, then it’s time to search some songs and enjoy good music!