Eurovision is over for another year, with The Netherlands taking the crown for the first time in 44 years and the UK propping up the scoreboard (certainly not for the first time). Our Eurovision correspondent Peter Dunwoody was at the event last week and has summed up his time in Tel Aviv with 12 essential tracks from the trip.
Canadian rapper and Jewish rap ambassador SHI 360 had a very eclectic upbringing, raised by North African parents in Israel, and his music reflects this. Additionally, he grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Otis Redding, Charles Aznavour, and Egyptian singer songwriter and actress, Umm Kulthum. SHI 360 first heard hip hop while lstening to “The Voice of Peace”, a pirate radio station run by Israeli peace activist, Abie Nathan.
Not long after accepting the invitation to represent Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the platinum selling, award-winning DJ/Producer Darude has released the first of three possible entries for the global song contest. Along with two other tracks, Darude and vocalist Sebastian Rejman will perform ‘Release Me’ at UMK, Finland’s national selection for the Eurovision entry.
If like us you enjoy a bit of Eurovision, you’ll also know that ever since their two time tilt at the contest in 2011 and 2012, Dublin’s favourite twins Jedward have been rumoured to return. 2019 is no different, with the whispers once again starting up, wondering if John and Edward Grimes will be back this year, and if so, representing which country.
Originally from Israel but now based in New York, Snir Yamin is a singer/songwriter whose personal and eclectic approach to his music bridge the gap between folk, pop, and rock. ‘Taking’ comes from his ‘Concrete City’ EP, released in 2016, and is an acoustic guitar led-track with laid back yet emotive vocals.
Born in Israel, now based in London, singer songwriter Irit is set to release her debut album, ‘Hello’, on 23 March. The album comes on the back of a successful UK support tour, which garnered massive praise from both audiences and critics alike, as well as a fantastic UK headline tour in late February this year.