If you're an avid radio listener, you're likely to have heard the music of leading Israeli artist Ahinoam Nini, also known as Noa. An ambassador for peace, Noa collaborates regularly with Arab and Palestinian artists and has recorded songs in Italian, French, Spanish, Galician, English, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Hindi, Yemenite and Arabic as well as Jewish and Christian prayers translated into Hebrew and English.
One of Noa's claims to fame is having recorded the theme song of Life Is Beautiful, Roberto Benigni's Oscar award-winning film. Noa will be performing her latest and greatest hits with her long-time music partner and collaborator Gil Dor at leading live music venue Zappa Jerusalem.
Address: 28 Derech Hebron, Jerusalem
When: January 12
Time: 10 p.m. (doors open at 8:15 p.m.)
Price: NIS 129 (NIS 119 for students and soldiers)
For something a little extraordinary, head to the Yellow Submarine in Talpiot for a performance by blues-gospel singer Reverend KM Williams. Accustomed to playing to sell-out crowds in the United States and around the world, the legendary performer will make his first appearance in Israel.
His performances are known to be spellbinding, which is no surprise from a man with a priest collar playing soulful blues on a cigar box guitar. Williams has been performing gospel blues since the nineties and has produced 17 solo albums. He grew up in Texas and will be joined by fellow Texan Mike Buck on the drums.
Address: 13 HaRechavim St, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 679-4040
When: January 11
Time: 10 p.m.
Price: NIS 110 (NIS 100 for students and soldiers)
If you are looking to experience what many regard as the best in mainstream Israeli music, the concert by award-winning Eyal Golan at the Jerusalem ICC is a must-see. Deemed the “singer of the year” in 2012 by popular radio station Galgalatz, Golan mixes modern upbeat music styles with traditional Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) music.
The show Nagat Li Balev (You Touched My Heart) is named after his latest album. Golan currently co-hosts a reality TV show in which he mentors aspiring music stars.
Address: 1 Shazar Boulevard, Jerusalem
When: January 19
Time: 9 p.m.
Price: NIS 219 – 299
Saturday night line-up at Beit Avi Chai
In honor of the Israeli election campaign, Beit Avi Chai in the center of town is hosting some of Israel's foremost musicians each Saturday night, who will play Israeli hits from the past three decades.
The exciting remaining line-up for January includes avant-garde rock band Mercedes Band (January 12), singer/ songwriter David Broza (January 19) who fuses Israeli, Spanish and English sounds as well as pop star Idan Haviv (January 26). Standing room only is available.
Address: 44 King George Street
Phone: (02) 621-5300
When: Saturday nights in January
Time: 10 p.m.
Price: NIS 50 (NIS 30 for students and soldiers)
Persian star Rita is known for captivating her audiences with her exotic sounds. Her new show "My Joy" includes materials from her new album, which is inspired by her childhood in Persia, and her well-known greatest hits from over the years.
Rita will perform at the Jerusalem Theater's Sherover Theater together with an 8-musician ensemble and special guest Mark Eliyahu. The show promises to take you on a journey and have you on your feet clapping along.
Address: 20 Marcus Rd, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 560-5755
When: January 19
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Price: NIS 169 (NIS 139 for senior citizens)
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