Last week my gtalk status read as: “I so wanna go to Israel”. Atleast 50 frinds pinged on chat asking why on earth i wanted to go to israel!
And here is why –
I was not much of a World Music person until last year. I wouldn’t go out of the way to listen to good music. I was just happy with these filmy songs and ARR’s music. For me music meant Rahman. Last year, in the hot summer month of May, a colleague of mine forced me to a festival. I had no clue what the festival is going to be until I went there.
Date: May 2009
Time: 06:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Venue: Lady Andal – Venkata Subba Rao Hall
What was it: EarthSync Festival 2009 – Shoshan Live
Artist: Shye Ben Tzur and a bunch of enthusiastic qawwalis
Shye Ben-Tzur is an acclaimed Israeli composer, producer and performer who has been in India for the past decade, creating music which brings together traditional Sufi Qawwali, Rajasthani rhythms with western elements.
11:00 PM: The show went on until about 11 PM and I was totally totally stunned. The crowd just went frenzy at the hall. The music did something to me, which I am not able to put in words. When I came out of the hall I realized I was in tears. The lyrics were predominantly Hebrew which was set in tune with qawwali music. I did not understand a word but it still touched my soul. That was the first ever Shoshan Live performance in the World and i was glad that i had the chance to watch it, hear it, see it and feel it
Here is the trailer video of that show if you want to know what I am speaking about:
Here is a link to one of his album tracks:
Some pictures from the show:
Shye Ben Tzur is performing live today in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has had two live shows in Israel in this month and going by the pictures that he posted on Facebook, looks like the hall was tightly packed! I only wish he comes back to India for another such mesmerizing perfromance
P.S. – This blogpost has been pending in the drafts for a year now! Since i have quit, i just have nothing to do but blog.