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Global Beats: Ivri Lider (Israel)


Arjanwrites.com reader HiC wrote me about openly gay pop artist Ivri Lider who has built a solid career as a mainstream pop singer in Israel. Lider surprised everyone when he came out of the closet as a gay man in  2001 in conjunction with the release of his third album. Fortunately, his openness has not affected his popularity in the charts.

Lider made his debut in 1997 with the release of the platinum-selling "Melatef Umeshaker" ("Caressing And Lying") that delivered two hit singles. His success continued with the release of four more album, including 2006's live CD/DVD package "Ivri Lider: Live CD." Most recently, the singer reworked Gershwin's sultry classic "The Man I Love" for the the soundtrack of the new Fox & Uchovsky film "The Bubble."

Also, listen to "Bo" ("Come"), Lider's biggest hit to date. Lider performed the song for the soundtrack of Eytan Fox & Gal Uchovsky movie  "Yossi and Jagger" in 2003. Don't let the gutterul sounds turn you off. His emotive delivery is strong whether or not you understand the language. In other words, these beats are global. [This post was written in support of Madonna's Raising Malawi. Donate today. Email me if you have suggestions for Global Beats.)

Watch Ivri Lider "Bo"
Watch Ivri Lider "The Man I Love"

Previously in Global Beats:

Freshlyground [South Africa]
Kwabena Kwabena [Ghana]

November 30, 2006 in Global Beats | Permalink


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THANK YOU for spotlighting Ivri Lider. He is extremely talented, and I hope this helps expose him to a larger (non-Hebrew speaking, even) audience.

Posted by: HiC at Nov 30, 2006 9:55:56 AM

wasn't he part of the movie Walk on Water that came out about a year or so ago?

Posted by: Ryan at Dec 1, 2006 11:48:26 AM

Yes, he did the music for Walk On Water as well. He and Eytan Fox (director of Walk on Water as well as Yossi & Jagger) collaborate quite frequently with Ivri doing the music for his films.

Posted by: HiC at Dec 2, 2006 9:18:41 AM

Ivri and his band came to my university to perform. They were on a national tour sponsored by some Jewish organization based on New York City.

The night before the concert, a couple friends and I went to the shabbat dinner at the local Jewish student center where Ivri and his band also were eating. There was also discussion after eating. After the dinner, my friends and I took a couple of the band members for a night on the town (this is Chicago we get just as drunk as the next big city).

Posted by: Steven Vance at Dec 2, 2006 2:16:29 PM

Well don't stop the story there! Care to share a bit more of what he was like and how his show was. I am so jealous that you got to see him live, let alone got to eat with him and his band!

Posted by: HiC at Dec 4, 2006 3:33:06 PM

thank you so much for this little article about Ivri!
One of my dearest friends lives in Israël and through her I got to know Ivri, love his voice!



Posted by: Yoka at May 24, 2007 2:03:28 AM

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