Jewish music has long been in the foreground of Jewish and Israeli art alike. Like all other types of music, Jewish music and Israeli music has changed with the times and with the cultural trends of its listeners giving it a unique sound in today’s music industry.
The earliest forms of Jewish music were of course prayers chanted in Synagogues around the world. Those with the best of voices were able to make these prayers into true Jewish music with rich melody and haunting echoes. Modern Jewish music and Israeli music however, only truly developed with the founding of Israel and the collective art of a smattering of world cultures. Early immigrants to Israel were members of cultures that spanned across the entire world, and they all brought these influences to Israel to create Israeli Jewish music.
Israeli music in Hebrew was used in Israel’s early days as a way to help the population learn the revived language with greater efficiency. Along with Israeli movies, youth were able to learn the new language with ease. Songs from this period are often referred to as ‘Folk’. Such Jewish music was highly popular on the Israeli Kibbutzim where promotion of Israeli culture was popular and will was strong to make Israel as Israeli as possible.
Israeli music has since changed drastically. Israeli Jewish music has modernized itself with heavy influences from America and Europe as well as Eastern touches from Israel’s Yemenite, Moroccan, and other multi-cultured population.
Misrachi, or Eastern, Israeli music in Hebrew has become a widely popular genre that is heavily laden with singers with clear voices who often use melodies of traditional Middle Eastern music. Popular Misrachi artists include Eyal Golan, and Moshe Peretz.
Israeli music includes several artists who take on a more modern style to push the boundaries of all music, not only Israeli Jewish music. One such artist who has become popular with international audiences is Idan Raichel. As an alternative styled artist, Raichel produces music of all genres and collaborates with artists from around the world to create all different genres of Jewish music. His main focus no matter what the style of music is his strong and touching message of peace.
Jewish music is not limited however to Israeli Jewish music. Many Jewish artists have gained a wide following across the United States and other countries in the international community. Reggae sensation Matisyahu is the perfect example. With music in English that includes certain prayers or lines in Hebrew, Matisyahu grew up listening to Reggae in the Bronx and lives life as a religious Jew while performing Reggae Jewish music.
World of Judaica is proud to offer a wide selection of Israeli music and CDs. Jewish music has long been a foreground of Jewish and Israeli traditions and art. Like all types of music, Jewish music and Israeli music has changed with the times and with the cultural trends of its listeners, giving it a unique sound in today's music industry.
Music of Israel
The music of Israel is a combination of Jewish and non-Jewish musical traditions that come together to create a distinctive musical culture. The earliest type of Jewish music was in the form of prayers being chanted in the Synagogues. Modern Jewish and Israeli music however, only developed with the founding of Israel. Early immigrants to Israel were members of many cultures from across the globe, they brought these influences to Israel with them, blending together to create Israeli Jewish music.
Music in Israel is an integral part of national identity. Public sing-alongs have long been a common practice and were for many a force in defining their identity. Jewish immigrants from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere brought their musical knowledge and traditions with them, mixing and moulding them into a new Israeli sound These musical traditions include, but are not limited to, Russian Folk music, Eastern European Klezmer Music, Rock and Pop, Middle Eastern Music, traditional Jewish Yemenite Music, Land of Israel style music, as well as Greek, Latin American, Ethiopian, and other influences.
Israeli rock music has become a musical force worldwide, with hundreds of bands and dozens of clubs, Israeli rock has become the dominant music in Israeli culture today. The tradition of the folk style continued to grow alongside the development of Israeli rock and continues to been seen and heard today throughout progressive rock and folk music.
In the last 30 years the number of Israeli pop and dance groups has multiplied. Singers who mix traditional songs of the Land of Israel with rock and pop elements are considered to be leading acts in Israeli music today.
In recent years there has been an increase in popularity and the development of Israeli Rap and Hip Hop. In addition, the orthodox Jewish communities have developed a unique form of Hassidic Rock. Other popular genres of Israeli music include Classical and Mizrahi, a musical style that combines Turkish, Greek, Arabic and Israeli elements.