Alei Hazayit

Benjamin Brinner

in Playing across a Divide

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195395945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852666 | DOI:
Alei Hazayit

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In 1991, the band Alei Hazayit was formed in Jerusalem by two strong-willed individuals who differed in gender, class, ethnicity, religion, and linguistic and musical competence, yet found the basis for a deep personal connection. Their band merged very different musical strands, taking well-known songs in Hebrew and Arabic, but giving them a new flavor, a new color, and in so doing, represented the possibility for peaceful and fruitful collaboration between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Shoham Einav first turned from her career as a head nurse in Israel's premier hospital to professional singing in her forties. Through a mutual acquaintance at the television station, Shoham contacted Jamal Sa'id, whom we met in previous chapters. Shoham and Jamal insisted on the uniqueness of their music. The partnership of Jewish and Arab performers impresses itself upon the audience as an example of a productive relationship.

Keywords: Alei Hazayit; Jamal Sa'id; Shoham Einav; Jewish; Arab; productive relationship

Chapter.  5705 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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