Israeli Band or Band for Israel?

Despite living on different continents, that hasn’t managed to slow down the efforts of this popular trio.

By JACOB RYAN
September 17, 2014 17:28
1 minute read.
Children of Israel

Children of Israel band logo. (photo credit: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT)

The band Children of Israel is together again for the release of their self-titled album. Most notably known for their upbeat Middle Eastern vibe and the roots genre, this trio of artists has made it their mission to spread messages “about love, not about fighting.” The band name is something we came up with because the name is what connects us,” said well-spoken lead singer of the band, Raz Bin Sam.

The band members, who all grew up in the same neighborhood in Ramat Hasharon, have been playing music together since their high school days. Despite playing together on and off for most of their lives, it wasn’t until a few years ago that they finally teamed up after years of independent music careers. “More than a decade later, with over 15 albums and thousands of live shows between them, Raz Bin Sam and the Malca Baya crew reunite to form the Children Of Israel,” it states on their website.

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Despite living on different continents, that hasn’t managed to slow down the efforts of this popular trio. The band travels between Australia and Israel every year for various musical commitments. They are currently in Israel eagerly anticipating the release of their new album.

Priding themselves on using their music as a medium to reach people and share the realities of Israel, Raz explained his personal experiences as an Israeli artist living abroad. “Anti-judaism, anti-zionism worldwide and for me in Australia is crazy…it’s a trend I've seen firsthand.” The band has taken this experience and seeks to spread messages of peace, while debunking common misconceptions about Israel to the international community. “People don’t have a clue on what’s actually going on. We're there to give them an idea of whats really going on, the truth,” Raz said.

Their new album launch will take place on September 18 at the Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv. More details can be found on their Facebook page or their website blazefiremusic.com.


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