Thursday, May 2, 2013

Toronto is a mecca for Israeli musical talent

Music promoters and cultural organizations bring numerous Israeli acts to Canada each year to showcase their talent. Hadag Nahash, the popular Israeli rock band Mashina and Israel’s new “it girl,” Canadian Yael Deckelbaum, recently played the Sound Academy in downtown Toronto to a diverse audience of both young and old.

 Toward the end of April, Size Doesn’t Matter hosted Ester Rada, an artist versed in Ethio-jazz, funk, soul and R & B styles mixed with Afro-groove undertones., a website that looks out for fresh tracks and urban up-and-comers, cite Nina Simone , Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as Rada’s main influences. The audience could not help but move to her beat at the performance during Canadian Music Week.

 Like Deckelbaum, Rada could very well be one to watch.

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