Singers rejected the idea of boycotting Israel at a Jerusalem Music Conference panel discussion. "They should come here and donate money to causes," stated Moshe Levi, who was born in Belize and studies at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. Levi is famous as the hip-hop artist Shyne..
The session was moderated by Kobi Farhi of the band Orphaned Land. The Israeli group has toured extensively in the mostly Muslim country of Turkey, performing many Jewish oriented songs. He sited the example of Leonard Cohen, whom he called his musical rabbi, as an example of someone who performed despite calls to boycott and then donated proceeds to charity.
Visiting performer Alpha Blondy was on the panel as well. The reggae musician is from the Ivory Coast and played at Tuesday's Jerusalem Reggae Festival. The third panelist was SAZ, an Israeli-Arab rapper from Ramle.
The panel discussion took place last week at the Jerusalem Venture Partners Media Quarter as part of the ongoing Jerusalem Music Conference. Excerpts from the panel are featured in the second half of the show.
Hundreds of singers, music industry executives, producers and label owners are gathering in Jerusalem this week for the first annual Jerusalem Music Conference. Panel discussions on music and new technologies, the business angle and the unique Israeli scene were held.
In the first half of the show, Ben Bresky of Arutz Sheva's Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast was on the scene to speak to organizers and attendees about the event including Jeremy Hulsh, founder of Oleh! Records, Jason Chernofsky, Yakir Hyman of Grilled Cheese Funk, singer Elisete, music consultant Parag Bhondari and an excerpt for panel moderator Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land.
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