Hip Hop Rock & Pop Israel’s newest star plays one show only

One Show Only –  “The Johnny Show”  

December 22nd – The Barby


Singer songwriter Little Johnny has caught the attention of the ‘who’s who’  in the Israeli music world BIG  time. 

Hailed by top radio station DJ’s, famous Israeli musicians and the media as  ‘a boy who’s going places’, Little Johnny’s first album ‘The Johnny Show’ is flying off the shelves in music stores around the nation. Fans of Israel’s newest star cant seem to get enough of his funky upbeat tunes.  

‘The albums a wicked mix of rock pop and hip hop’ said reuvan visiting Israel from London for Hanuka. ‘I cant wait to play it for my mates back home’  Reuvans cousin Sara,  a student at Tel Aviv university adds ‘Every ones talking about his album on Campus..he rocks.. my favourite song  is Mesi Bat Kitah (class party).. ma mush!!’

To celebrate the release of his first album ‘ The Johnny Show’  Johnny, along with Shlomi Shaban, Hadag Nahash, Adi Ulmansky, Sagol 59 , Hadara Levin-Aradi and a host of other amazingly talented  artists who worked on the album will perform a ‘one show only’ concert at the Barby on the 22nd December. 

‘Its going to be a fantastic night, really up beat’ said Avi one of the lads in the music store on disengoff street. ‘It’s rare to get so many talented musicians under one roof  for a performance..its definately a concert you want to go to’ 

Avi explains that each song on Johhny’s album was written and performed with a celebrated Israeli musician and many of them are making guest appearances to perform with Johnny at the concert. ‘It will be a very special night. The diversity of  musical styles  being represented  is outstanding, its pure quality. This is an event  that showcases a super talented young 17 year old musician, but at the same time honours the immense  ‘across the board’ talent of the nation… for us amateurs its proof that dreams can and do come true’

To get a great taster of the incredible mix of music styles that have come together to create the first album of  Israel’s newest musical wonder ‘Little Johnny’  just browse through the myspace links attached to the various artists names throughout this post..  it will help you fully appreciate the diversity and quality of the artists performing on the night.  

See you there!    

The Johnny Show – One Concert Only

Where:  The  Barby –  52 Kibutz Galuyot Street Tel Aviv

When:  22nd December 2008

Time:  22:00 (10pm)

Cost:  70 nis at door     

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Tel Aviv Hosts West African Groove Concert

Tel Aviv Get Ready To Shake Your Booty. 

 Sidiki Camara * Palm Tree Dancers * DJ Idan K


This weekend Tel Avivians have an opportunity to be tantalised mesmerized and absolutely thrilled by performances of some of West Africa’s most talented artists.

Tam Tam is proudly hosting a concert by internationally acclaimed artist Sidiki Camara, one of Mali’s leading contemporary percussionists.  Also performing is the outstanding Israeli directed & choreographed Ghana Dance troupe ‘the Palm Tree Dancers’ 

Held in the very popular club Comfort 13,  the evening  promises to be an incredibly upbeat, vibrant and colourful West Africa celebration. Sidiki a master percussionist is famous for seducing the crowd with his upbeat style of Modern Manding Music and the Palm Tree Dance Troupe, a musical/dance ensemble will absolutely thrill you with their outrageously high energy performance.



In the grand finale’ of the celebration, the audience will find themselves shaking their toots with the stars as the musicians and dancers, under the direction of DJ Idan K will move down from the stage for an interactive party with the audience.  This is sure to be an amazing event’ says Joseph a long time West African music fan,  ‘the energy of an authentic west african celebration stays with you long long after the event is over’ 

Sidiki Camara & The Palm Tree Dance Theatre  (one show only)

When:  Saturday 29th Nov

Time:   8.30pm

Where:   Comfort 13   13 Comfort Street  Florentine   South Tel Aviv 

Cost:  60 NIS 

Tickets: Tam Tam   03-7511951   OR   052-8088898  Email   info@tamtam.co.il


What/Who is Tam Tam:   Tam Tam is the largest organization for West-African culture in Israel.  The brainchild of Pierre Chaillan, “ole hadash” from France who is the spiritual son of the most famous west-African drummer, the great master Mamady Keita.   Located in Ramat-Gan, TamTam provides drum lessons, workshops with several drumming/ dancing masters and African drum sales and repairs. The centre also organises drumming/dancing workshops in Africa as well as acting as booking agent for African bands preforming in Israel festivals, concerts and numerous national cultural events.

Sidiki Camara: Is regarded as one of the leading contemporary percussionists of Mali. He is also considered one of the founders of the modern current of Manding music.  He has traveled the world performing as featured percussionist with the National Ballet of Mali and has also performed and recorded many famous artists including Bill Frisell, Habib Koite, Mamady Keita, and the Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco.

Palm Tree Dance Theatre:  Directed and choreographed by an Israeli, the internationally acclaimed Palm Tree Dance Theatre is a Musical/Dance/Theatre ensemble, combining African Traditional Ritual dance and music forms with modern Dub, Afrobeat, electronic, classical, world trance and various other artist collaborations.

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Moksha Project – Israel September Sunset to Sunset Outdoor Dance Festival

After the great success of last years event, Israel‘s Moksha Project will again create their ‘SUNSET TO SUNSET’ outdoor dance festival.

Held over the Rosh Hashana holiday (30/9 – 1/10) and atracting a colourful international crowd, this fabulous Israel Summer Dance Festival is one not to be missed. Known for their great party locations in some of israels most beautiful nature spots, mosksha Sunset to sunset is a wonderful way to celebrate the Jewish new year.

The line up is fantastic and with the usual sweet crowd that Mosksha events seem to attract, it should be another great festival and  the perfect way to close yet another wild and wonderful Israel Summer Season.

On the deck’s from overseas are:

Shpongle (simon posford twisted records, coast to coast Ent UK)

Simply amazing !!!

Union Jack LIVE + DJ Set (platipus records UK)

promising to have you peaking with a special ‘trip down memory lane’
HALLUCINOGEN LIVE (simon posford, twisted records, coast to coast ent UK)

The master of magic…Mr Simon Posford

Andromeda live (Dream vision media, SWEDEN)

Taking you where the smiles dont stop

Chromosome  (dream vision Media, sweden)

Andre (Andromeda) will Perform with all his band plus two additional players for the first time in Israel, definately be on the floor for this one!

Plus the supremely talented Israeli stars: 

Amotz (Peak rec.)  Punkass (Moksha family)  Zombi (Blue tunes)  Huda g (Vertikal rec.)  Triac live (Boshke beats rec.)  Ace ventura LIVE (Iboga rec.)  PTX (Noya rec.) launching new album ‘Colour for your ears’
Quantize LIVE  (Iboga rec.)  Gula-k (Moksha family) One of my favourites!!!   Voice (Moksha family) Loud (Drive rec.)

Presale start Sunday 17/8 @ 170 NIS ticket.  There is limited presale priced tkts so get in quick!! Presale ticket’s are available all over the country. Contact Moksha Project via their myspace page at www.myspace.com/mokshaproject  to get the details on the selling points near you. 

Regular 230 NIS priced tickets will go on sale after presale has sold out.

For more details on Israel, how to get here, what to do while you are here plus the full run down on Tel Aviv the city that never sleeps visit www.aguide2israel.com

Groundation Live – Playing Two Shows Tel Aviv

Groundation LIVE in Tel Aviv 17 & 18 August

Groundation LIVE Tel Aviv 17 & 18 August

Big Up to Groundation, the brilliant spiritual roots reggae band will soon arrive in Israel to play LIVE in Tel Aviv for the first time ever.

Hailing from California, Groundation will play 2 shows at The Barby Club, a favourite Tel Aviv live music venue.  

The Barby offers an intimate atmosphere where  you can get up close and personal with the artists, a pefect location to see this funky upbeat Reggae band.

Internationally renowned Groundation promises a unique sound. While roots reggae is their essence, the seemingly natural injection of jazz and dub to their sound has been well recieved by Reggae fans the world over.

With a large fan base and 5 successful albums under their belt, the band is fast becoming one of Reggae musics big stars.

Their message of spirituality and pacifism coupled with a pure and humble spirit  has seen the band gain great respect in the reggae scene,  attracting Reggae lovers of all ages.  Their latest album Upon The Bridge focusses on expressing the growing feeling amongst all on the planet, that the time to act is now. 

Groundation LIVE Tel Aviv 17th & 18th August

Groundation LIVE Tel Aviv 17th & 18th August

A message, it seems, everyone wants to hear. A growing number of music lovers from the wider musical community are coming to enjoy their performances and connect to the Reggae vibe.  A truly fantastic accomplishment since uniting all people through music has always been Reggae musics goal. 

On tour at the moment, playing France, Sweden, Holland, London, Poland and Germany, Groundation’s first Israel visit holds special significance to the band as singer and composer, Harrison Staffords parents  are  members of the Twelve Tribes of IsraelIsrael, lets give these guys a warm welcome.

The Fantastic Sound Of Groundation

Groundation LIVE

Date:     17 & 18th August.

Venue:  Barby Club   52 Kibutz Galuyot, South Tel Aviv

Doors Open:  10.00pm

Tickets:  180 nis door   discounted tickets available online at reggae.co.il  

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For more information On Tel Aviv or Israel visit: www.aguide2israel.com

Until next time

be healthy be happy

loving tel aviv

Israeli Cinema for English Speakers

Multi Award winning Israeli movie The bubble released in 2006

The bubble - released in 2006 received a number of highly respected awards in world cinema

For quality entertainment, venture into one of Tel Aviv’s  airconditioned cinemas, Israeli movies are fantastic! 

There is nothing more blissful than waking up to another sunny day in paradise, its heaven. Though truth is, in a glorious mediteranian summer in Israel, there are also moments  when escaping the heat is a priority on all our minds.

For these occassions as well as the balmy evenings when you simply feel like a light meal and an easy night, the cinema is the perfect solution. 

Recently, Tel Aviv cinemas have begun providing english sub titles with many israeli movie screenings allowing non hebrew speakers to join locals, relax in  the airconditioning and enjoy the quality entertainment on offer.

Israeli cinema is wonderful.  Brilliant actually, in my opinion. Talented script writers, directors, actors and actresses bring the uniqueness of Israeli life to the big screen with style, passion and a sense of realism thats rarely experienced with hollywood flicks.

Whether a new resident, visiting business man/woman or tourist, the cinema experience not only provides an hour of great entertainment its a gentle unintimidating way to connect with the local community and experience Israel and its people from a different perspective, a more subtle level. 

The Bands Visit  - released to the big screen in 2007 won world wide acclaim

The Bands Visit - released to the big screen in 2007 won world wide acclaim and a number of international cinema awards

 The insights available are truly incredible. While its common knowledge the majority of the populaton are connected by religious heritage, lesser known are the vast differences of cultures within this united whole.  

Israel is one huge and deliciously interesting melting pot of characters from every corner of the world. The moroccans, russians, ethiopians, polish, georgians, argentinians (just to name a few) are all little sub communities within the nation. 

Each with their own deeply loved traditions, habits and ways of being, doing, living, eating, making music and even dancing, they create a unique identity for themselves within the greater community and for the past 60 years they have together, been building a nation that respects and honours all, enabling co existence with dignity and joy. 

Its not the easiest of tasks. Many challenges have and continue to, present themselves along the way and cinema is a way these are expressed and shared.  It could take years of living in Israel to distinguish the many different sub communities, however, cinema in many senses, offers a fast track. 

Turn Left At The End Of The World released 2005 also won the hearts of international movie critics winning numerous international cinema awards

Turn Left At The End Of The World released 2005 also won the hearts of international movie critics winning numerous international cinema awards

Local movie story lines, sometimes heartbreakingly serious other times absolutely hilarious, but always creatively expressed, often revolve around community issues. Offering thought provoking messages, they are a fantastic way to begin to grasp the challenges faced by this young nation.

The Israeli’s are magificent movie makers. Brilliant at depicting the characters of their nation, their ability to both laugh at themselves and lovingly accept the unique differences of the sub communities are qualities that transform beautifully into movie scripts. 

Vibant, colourful and very real, proud fiery moroccans, loveable yet meddlesome polish mothers, penny pinching persians and ostentatious Arse-im are just a few characters portrayed on the big screen over the years.   

Israeli cinema is a way to connect to the people, the families, the tragedies, the unique israeli characteristics and indeed the very heart and soul of the people of the holy land.

Treat yourself. Its Highy Reccomended!

 Click here to find a Tel Aviv Cinema near you.  Give them a call to confirm when there is an english sub title screening. There are numerous cinemas in Tel Aviv and all are accessible.

For more information on Israel visit www.aguide2israel.com

Until next time

Be healthy be happy

loving tel aviv

Boaz Mauda – Oooh La La what a Star

courtesy of keshet TV
courtesy of keshet TV


Israel’s new sweetheart, the gorgeous and very talented Boaz Mauda must be experiencing the adventure of his life.
With the voice of an angel and looks that make your heart melt, Boaz’s entrance into the global music scene looks set to be a huge success.
Girls, guys, mum’s, dad’s, gays, straights and even saucy Nana’s from every corner of the globe are hitting google in unprecedented numbers, desparate to find out more about what the rising star is up to.
NEVER fear, beloved Baoz fans, ‘Addicted to Tel Aviv’ knows how you feel.. so I have come to the rescue..
Here all on one page is all the info you might be looking for. A list of quality websites that can give you the juice on Who is Boaz Mauda, Where he’s from, what his plans are and what he is like as a person..

Israels Sexiest New Superstar..Boaz ringtones,music, photos 

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Boaz Mauda – The beautiful voice of Israel’s Eurovision contestant.

The annual Eurovision song contest has never featured high on my ‘exciting, not to be missed annual events’ calendar. This is primarily due to the fact,  that having grown up in the middle of nowhere, for many years, I had no clue it even existed. 

When my travels took me to Europe, I quickly saw how ‘Eurovision fever’ grips the entire continent. Thousands of usually conservative souls, seem all of a sudden, to get uncharacteristically rambunctuous, excitedly discussing the talents of the various artists and proclaiming with full confidence, their opinion of who will be crowned the winner to who ever will listen. All begin voting for their favourite song, country or contestant and discussing the subject  incestantly in cafes, restaurants and indeed any social gathering. It was a truly amazing transformation Europes’ masses.

Still it didnt do it for me. I think its one of those things you need to grow up with to really appreciate and enjoy. (like vegemite for aussies, or bamba for the israelis) No one else can really understand the joy one receives from these delights except others whose childhood geographicaly mirrors your own.

So why am I writing a post on the Eurovision you ask?  why write about something that didnt do it for you?

Good question…and one I am very happy to answer.   BOAZ  MAUDA

israels eurovision contestant

israels eurovision contestant

Wow this Boaz’s is something special… Mashu mashu as they say in hebrew. 

He has the voice of an angel, singing so beautifully it takes your breath away AND …  he is absolutely drop dead gorgeous!  Two qualities that can take him a long way in the music industry.

He did Israel and himself proud.  Giving an outstanding performance he and israel team took 9th place in the competition.  I enjoyed his voice, I enjoyed his sweetness and the english/hebrew lyrics mix were a great touch. Very nice.

And what now for Boaz?  Where to from here?  I understand he is now working on his debut album which I am sure will be a great success. His fan base is already quite remarkable.. europes young women are crazy about him and with his dashing mediteranian looks I am sure friends of Dorothy will also warm to this  delightful new kid on the music block.

Good luck Boaz, I wish you great success.

Until next time, be happy be healthy.

loving tel aviv