Ra’anana-based acapella group Kippalive, which began as a group of friends
singing Shabbat songs together on Friday nights in 2011, took the stage last
week on the X-Factor Israel.
The group of singers came together as a
hobby to put their own spin on Shabbat songs, but it was not long before they
caught the attention of the municipality of Ra’anana with their street
Shortly afterward they were performing their first show, on
Independence Day 2011.
Kippalive’s 11 members (Danny Kaye, Doron Chitiz, Rafi
Sandler, Shlomi Levin, Rafi Nathan, Matan Ziv, Daniel Fensterheim, David
Weingarden, Gilad Felberg, Jeremy Benkamoun and Asher Stern), who continue to
travel and perform around Israel, have become close friends since the founding
of the group. They had known each other for a long time prior to the group’s
creation but had never been close.
Singing songs in both Hebrew and
English, Kippalive took their Friday night hobby professional. They now perform
at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, ceremonies, and, according to their website,
“just about anything.”
On last week’s X-Factor, the group started their
performance with a slow rendition of “Oseh Shalom Bimromav,” until Sandler,
current manager and co-founder of the group, stepped in front of his nine-group
members and began to sing R Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” That, however, was
just the beginning. From there they smoothly and effectively transitioned into
Matisyahu’s “One Day.”
After an impressive breakdance performance,
Kippalive finished on a high note with a compilation of all three songs. The
girls in the audience were cheering and breathtaken by the set; more importantly
for the 10 friends was the judge’s reaction.
All four judges – Shiri
Maimon, Moshe Peretz, Rami Fortis and Ivri Lider – gave the group a standing
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