I'm so glad that the Israelity Tour, sponsored by Taglit-Birthright Israel, has given me the gift of re-appreciating Israeli music and turning me on to both Coolooloosh and the work of Subliminal and the TACT Family. While Coolooloosh stays East-Coast-side, gigging in New York twice over the first two weeks of March ((JCC next week as part of Israel Non-Stop, and March 15th at Joe's Pub, check them out), preparing for a May tour and recording a new album, Subliminal and the TACT Family have returned to Israel and continue to produce video clips that I can embed onto my blogs. (This post is inspired by TM's post at Jewlicious.)
The latest is Subliminal's collaborating with the legendary Israeli band Givatron, creating a new version of their song "Bat Shishim" (sixty years old) in commemoration of Israel's 60th birthday this spring. The song, written 26 years ago for Russian olim to Israel (original version here), now gets reborn as part folk, part hip-hop. Check out this clip from Channel 2 (in Hebrew) which brings you inside the studio for these magical moments:
- Subliminal teaches hip-hop hand signs to old folk singers!
- The gang orders pizza--someone doesn't want onions and someone else complains that in Afula, they give you a bottle of drink with every pizza; "so you can't taste the pizza!" someone quips.
- Givatron-niks try to pronounce "Subliminal"!
- "Do you know how many folk dances we have to change now?" asks one man. "No, no, the rhythm is the same, "another insists...
- And more!