7 extraordinary Israeli-designed music videos
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c
From Beyoncé and Jay-Z, to Coldplay and U2 and more, many of the world’s top musicians turn to Israel for show-stopping visual effects and design.
Over the past several years, Israeli directors, producers and animation artists have taken part in the making of some of the most talked-about music videos in history.
From Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s iconic “Apes**t” video at the Louvre, to Coldplay’s Grammy-nominated video for “Up&Up,” many of the music industry’s top performers turn to Israel for show-stopping visual effects, animation and visual design.
The Call of the (Ladino) Brunette
Noam Vazana’s Moroccan-born grandmother used to sing to her in Ladino. Listen as Vazana (aka Nani, the nickname her grandmother lovingly gave her) performs a whispering and velvety version of the Ladino classic, Morenica (“The call of the brunette”).
Vazana has plans to record the world’s first Ladino pop album under Vazana’s stage name, Nani — her grandmother’s nickname for her.
Story of the Song | Women Wage Peace
From Yael Deckelbaum.com
The song "Prayer of the Mothers", was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”.
The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.
The Secret Jewish History Of ‘A Star Is Born’
By Seth Rogovoy for The Forward
Like the cicadas that spend most of their lives underground, emerging only every 13 or 17 years (and how they decide is for you to know and me to find out), the movie musical “A Star Is Born” gets remade every few decades or so. The latest incarnation, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is scheduled to open on October 5, having premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and at festivals in Toronto and San Sebastian in September.
Linda Richman Is Verklempt
By Rokhl Kafrissen for Tablet Magazine
How Yiddish entered American pop culture, and how American pop culture penetrated the Yiddish vernacular
“On this show we talk about coffee, New York, daughters, dogs, you know, no big whoop, it’s just coffee talk.” If you were alive and owned a TV in the early 1990s you probably have some recollection of Linda Richman, the iconic Mike Myers Saturday Night Live character. She was a New York Jewess with an exquisite collection of “low back chain shift” vowels and an immovable pouf of black curls.