The Diverse Nature of Israeli Music by Rachel Lootens

Before we begin discussing the nature of Israeli music, here is a brief summary of Israel as a modern country.

How Old is Israel?

Israel has been present in the Jewish religion for thousands of years, but became a state on May 14, 1948. Despite its brief numerical existence in comparison to other developed nations, this 69 year old country has made a name for itself in many fields.

Landscape

While many people picture Israel as a desert, it is quite the opposite. There are farmlands, beaches, metropolitan areas, and many other environments within the tiny state. In fact, Israel is so small that you could fit over 33 Israels in the state of Texas!

Technology

While Israel is historical in nature, it is not to be underestimated in terms of technological advancements. Many of the things we hold dearest to our hearts in modern day America ( Cellphones ) would not exist without Israeli technology.

Now that the background info is out of the way, lets get on with it!

Similar to the diversity of physical aspects of Israel, Israeli music is extremely unique and displays influence from many other cultures.

Russia

Because large numbers of people immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union during the Israeli waves of immigration (Aliyah), they had an enormous impact on the music of the region. The music developed in response to Russian immigration involved a somber tone with the lyrics of traditional Russian folk songs.

Pop & Rock

Pop and rock are two of the most valued forms of Israeli music. The Israeli spin on these two genres of music was caused by an introduction of music from western countries such as the US and UK. Pop and rock in Israel are very different from what we are accustomed to in the United States because Israeli artists combined the unemotional feel of western music with the richness of Israeli folk music.

Middle Eastern Influence

One of the main attributes of Israeli music is the diversity of culture represented. Immigrants from surrounding Middle Eastern countries developed a unique style of music called Muzika Mizrahit. This style involves traditional Arab-style merged with Israeli pop to create a totally unique sound.

Traditional Influence

While many aspects of Israeli music are modern, some of the most respected music still comes from traditional Jewish roots. Because Israel was founded as a Jewish state, many people feel that traditional Jewish music makes them feel more nationalistic and connected to the land.

Military Influence

Because Israel has been at war since it was established, many aspects of Israeli music revolve around conflict. Because military service is not optional in Israel, the connection to war is very emotional. Due to this connection, many songs in Israel involve conflict, war, and peace.

Conclusion

Because Israel has all of these different influences on its culture, the music produced is extremely intriguing and diverse. As Israel continues to develop as a nation, its music will develop in response to immigration, war, and western influence.

Thank you for your time and attention!

Credits:

Created with images by Zachi Evenor - "Flag-of-Israel 2015-04-08" • BRBurton23 - "western wall israel prayer" • RonAlmog - "Herzliya, Israel" • GidonPico - "tel-aviv sunset dusk" • stevepb - "piano music score music sheet" • akk_rus - "Toward blue sky" • jonathansautter - "guitar bass instrument" • Freepht - "lantern turkish culture souvenir" • Geometrics - "Tie-Dye Roaches"

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