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.)
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