In a music scene dominated by Ashkenazi culture, Mizrahi singers had to patiently pave their way to the Israeli mainstream one song at a time. In Part III of our miniseries, we meet two Yemenite trailblazers, who took very different approaches to their heritage.
In Jerusalem: The dedication of the new U.S. Embassy. In Gaza: At least 55 Palestinians killed in violent riots. In Tel Aviv: Rabin Square packed with revelers celebrating Israel’s landslide victory in Eurovision.
To celebrate Israel’s Eurovision victory, and denounce the critics who call it an act of cultural appropriation, here’s the star as a high school kid, singing a flamenco version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”