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David Broza & Friends Announce 2019/2020 Tour, From Haifa to Havana

David Broza and Trio Havana

Singer-songwriter David Broza, one of Israel’s most important recording artists, will embark on a coast-to-coast tour of the United States from September 2019 through March 2020. Broza will present an alternate side of his hit songs with a new Cuban twist.

Performing with Broza on stage is the New York-based Trio Havana, including: Manuel Alejandro Carro, also known as Mannya – Cuban-born singer-songwriter and master percussionist with a style firmly rooted in Latin pop; Yuniel Jiménez “El Guajiro” – master tres guitar player from Santa Clara, Cuba; and Jorge Bringas –celebrated from Havana, Cuba, who played previously with Albita Rodriguez and the late Celia Cruz.

Joining Trio Havana is Itai Kriss, one of the most exciting flute players in the Cuban music scene, with an eclectic style infused with jazz, Latin and middle eastern sounds. Special guests on select tour dates include flamenco singer and flute player, Alfonso Cid from Seville, Spain; and flamenco dancer Xianix Barrera.

David Broza brings together fingerpicking guitar, flamenco rhythms, global sounds and rock. Raised in Israel, Spain and England, Broza has performed worldwide since 1977, when his song “Yihye Tov” appeared on radio, promoting a message of peace.

David Broza is known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, especially a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through dialogue, culture, music and tolerance.

Tour Dates 2019/2020:

September 6, 2019 New York, NY Naked Soul, The Rubin Museum
September 28, 2019 Mamaroneck, NY Emelin Theater
November 17, 2019 Philadelphia, PA City Winery
December 14, 2019 Brookline, MA Temple Ohabel Shalom
December 19, 2019 New York, NY The Streicker Center
December 21, 2019 Tucson, AZ Fox Theater
December 22, 2019 Santa Monica, CA The Broad Stage
January 12, 2020 Aventura, FL Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
January 13, 2020 Atlanta, GA City Winery
January 25, 2020 Richmond Hill, ON Centre for the Performing Arts
March 20, 2020 Port Washington, NY Landmark on Main Street
March 21, 2020 South Orange, NJ South Orange Performing Arts Center

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Moving Songs of Peace and Justice

Various Artists – World Peac

Various Artists – World Peace (Putumayo, 2019)

Putumayo World Music releases today its compilation World Peace. The set contains stimulating songs by well-known artists in the world music, rock, jazz, blues, pop and other genres who advocate for a better world, respectful of all human kind. Two percent of the earnings from this album will benefit the National Peace Corps Association.

Dan Storper

Dan Storper, founder of Putumayo, selected the songs, inspired by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and other 1960s leaders who believed in peace and justice.

The artists featured include Jackson Browne  (USA), Nina Simone (USA), Keb’ Mo’ (USA), India.Arie (USA), Richard Bona (Cameroon), David Broza (Israel), Wyclef Jean (Haiti), Playing for Change (international collective), Michael Brecker (USA), Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa), Bholoja (Swaziland), Mira Awad (Palestine/Israel).

The extensive CD booklet includes an introduction by Dan Storper and details about each song and artists included in the album.

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Artist Profiles: David Broza

David Broza

For many years, singer-songwriter David Broza has been steadily gaining reputation throughout the world. A superstar in his homeland of Israel, he is a modern troubadour of urban folk-rock. With 19 albums to his name, many of which became gold, platinum, and multi-platinum, his popularity achieved new heights with the enormous success of his quadruple platinum album “The Woman By My Side”.
Critics, moved by Broza’s flamenco-tinged, folk-rock melodies, his keen talent for breathing musical life into sensual snippets of poetry, and his dark and sultry good looks, have been quick to label him as “a post-modern Leonard Cohen,” the “Stevie Ray Vaughn” of folk rock, and even “the Mel Gibson of Rock n’ roll.”

But while honored by the comparisons, Broza forges his own road through the music scene all over the world. His American debut album, “Away From Home” was praised by the New York Times as one of the best pop albums of the year. “Time of Trains”, his second American release, gained him recognition as one of the most important artists on the music scene all over the world. Broza has made a mission of studying the work of American writers for the past several years, haunting libraries and bookstores, “always reading with a melody in my head.”

The worldliness in Broza’s songs sets them apart from many others in the genre, and sophisticated listeners will also recognize a diversity of cultural influences in his music. The son of an Israeli/British businessman and a folk singer, he was born in Haifa, Israel (where his grandfather founded an Arab-Israeli settlement), and was raised and educated in England and Spain. Broza originally planned to become a graphic artist, and by age 17, was selling his paintings in the Rastro, Madrid’s famous Sunday flea market. However, after high school graduation, he was drafted into a three-year term in the Israeli military. Stationed away from family and friends, he began playing guitar in cafes to earn extra money, and was eventually offered a record deal. Since he still hoped to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, he declined. He later recorded a tape to promote his live shows. “Somehow, one of the songs became a #1 hit in Israel,” he explains. At age 21, he was a star, and by age 27 he was being mobbed by fans in the street as his recordings went triple platinum.

At the height of all that popularity, Broza has started forming yet another base for himself in the United States, building a strong legion of fans, and maintaining a hectic touring schedule. NowHe was an artist-in-residence at Bennington College in Vermont, and gained a wealth of respect in American literary circles and often guest lectures in college writing classes.

An activist, who is committed to several humanitarian causes, Broza was appointed a goodwill ambassador for the UNICEF. His song “Together” (co-written with Ramsey Mclean) was the theme song for the UNICEF 50th anniversary celebration in more than 148 countries.

David Broza

Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter continues to record albums in Hebrew for his Israeli fans, and travels frequently all over the world. A 1994 and 1999 live concerts recorded at the top of Massada resulted in platinum albums. His Spanish language release, “Isla Mujeres” was released in Spain and was gained superstar recognition.

David creates a unique style of multi-cultural musical blend, sung in poetic rhythms of three languages. Broza is a captivating, compelling performer who masters his guitar into submission. He is the creator of a classical suite, which has been performed with various orchestras all over the world. His concert tours include Belgium, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil and the United States.

Most of all, Broza remains buoyed by the self-fulfillment of living his dream. “I’m just happy to be a singer/songwriter and to be making a living from it, “he noted. “You have to be in it for the fun or you might as well sell shoes.”

Discography:

Andalusian Love Song (2015)
East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem (2014)
Third Language (2011)
Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry Of Townes Van Zandt (2010)
At Masada: The Sunrise Concert featuring Shawn Colvin & Jackson Browne (2007)
Broza 5 – Live at Zappa Tel Aviv (2007)
Things Will Be Better: The Best of David Broza (JMG, 2006)
Parking Completo (2006)
Hameitav, Best Of (2004)
Parking Completo (Spanish, 2004)
Todo o Nada, Spanish version of All or Nothing (2002)
All Or Nothing (2002)
Painted Postcard (2002)
Spanish Heart (2001)
Isla Mujeres – The Women’s Island (DRO East, 2000)
Matchil Linshom – Starting to Breathe (Hed Artzi, 1999)
Sodot Gdolim – Big Secrets (RGB Records, 1995)
Stone Door (RGB Records, 1994)
Second Street (RGB Records, 1994)
Elements of Love (RGB Records, 1994)
Masada Live Platinum (RGB Records, 1994)
Time of Trains (RGB Records, 1993)
Neshika Gnuv – Stolen Kiss (NMC Music, 1992)
First Collection (NMC Music, 1990)
Away From Home (RGB Records, 1989)
Poets in New York – Poetas en Nueva York (1986)
Broza (NMC Music, 1984)
Haisha Sheiti – The Woman By My Side (NMC Music, 1983)
Klaf (NMC Music, 1981)
David Broza (NMC Music, 1979)
Hakeves Ha Shisha Asar – The Sixteenth Sheep (NMC Music, 1978)
Sikhot Salon (Small Talk), (Phohokol, 1977)

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David Broza & Friends Reveal Winter 2017 Tour

Acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter and UNICEF goodwill ambassador David Broza will be touring the United States in December 2017. Broza, who sings in Hebrew, Spanish, English, and Arabic, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his best-known song, “Yihye Tov” (Things Will Be Better). The popular composition was written in 1977 during the Arab-Israeli peace talks between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and has become an anthem of the Israeli peace movement.

Joining Broza on stage is a group of outstanding musicians: Berklee School of Music graduate and qanun virtuoso Ali Paris (Palestine); Jonathan Levy (Israel) on guitars; Shaul Eshet (Israel) on piano and keyboards; Berklee graduate Tali Rubinstein on recorders (USA); Yuval Lion (Israel) on drums; and on Uri Kleinman (Israel) on bass.

The tour follows the release of Broza’s album titled The Set List, a collection of studio and live recordings celebrating David Broza’s career as one of Israel’s most important cultural icons. “Yihye Tov” is represented on The Set List with a live version recorded in 2007 at Broza’s annual concert held at the symbolic fortress of Masada, and features special guests Shawn Colvin and Jackson Browne.

 

David Broza

 

Broza garnered widespread acclaim for his 2013 album East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, produced by Steve Earle, and recorded in its entirety in the Palestinian Sabreen Studio in East Jerusalem. The work, featuring a band of both Israeli and Palestinian musicians, resulted in a wonderful, intimate documentary of the same name.

The Set List also includes “The Long Road”, featuring Irish singer Maura O’Connell. The song, written by Cliff Eberhardt, was recorded in 1998, but was shelved along with the ensuing album after Broza sustained serious injuries following a car crash.

David Broza & Friends Winter 2017 Tour:

December 9, 2017 Baltimore, MD Gordon Center for Performing Arts
December 16, 2017 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
December 19, 2017 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
December 20, 2017 La Jolla, CA Lawrence Family JCC
December 21, 2017 Santa Monica, CA Broad Theater
December 24, 2017 New York, NY 92nd Street Y
December 28, 2017 Skokie, IL North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

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Israeli Star David Broza and Friends To Perform at New York City’s Town Hall in January 2017

David Broza is set to perform on Sat., January 7th at Town Hall in New York City. The concert will coincide the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference. David will bring together an acclaimed roster of guests and friends, including singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, jazz saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, and Palestinian qanun virtuoso Ali Paris. Other musicians include guitarist and composer Alon Albagli, drummer Yuval Lion, bassist Uri Kleinman, and jazz vocalist Tammy Scheffer.

Raised in Israel, Spain and England, Broza has been giving his charismatic and energetic performances worldwide since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye Tov” first hit the airwaves, promoting a message of peace. Broza is also known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects, especially a resolution to
Israeli-Palestinian conflict through dialog, culture, music and tolerance. Now, with a series of multi-platinum albums—in Hebrew, English and Spanish—he continues to deliver his message. Broza was awarded a Spanish medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance. A passionate peace advocate, he has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Broza received widespread acclaim for his 2013 album East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, produced by American musician Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg, and recorded in its entirety in the Palestinian Sabreen Studio in East Jerusalem. The work, featuring a band of both Israeli and Palestinian musicians, resulted in a beautiful, intimate documentary of the same name.

Throughout 2015, Broza worked on another studio recording with the Andalusian Orchestra of Ashkelon and musical director/conductor Tom Cohen. The album, Andalucian Love Song, includes re-imaginations of some of Broza’s greatest hits, as well as some of the greatest works of renowned Arab composers including Abed Al Wahab, among others.

David Broza & The Andalusian Orchestra Ashkelon – Andalucian Love Song

Free Admission For APAP Delegates with RSVP.

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A Beautiful Musical Experience in East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem West Jerusalem
East Jerusalem West Jerusalem

East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, featuring David Broza, Steve Earle, Muhammad Mughrabi and Mira Awad (Film Movement, 2016)

The film East Jerusalem West Jerusalem is a documentary about the 8 day creative experience envisioned by celebrated Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza in East Jerusalem.

In early 2013, David Broza fulfilled his dream to record songs in the Palestinian side of Jerusalem with musicians from Palestine and Israel. The8-day sessions took place in the studio of Palestinian band Sabreen. The idea was to create a space for peace and to listen to each other with the hope that this will have a ripple effect.

Broza invited award-winning American singer-songwriter and activist Steve Earle as producer. Even though Steve Earle wrote a song called “Jerusalem” in the 1990s, he had never visited Jerusalem before.

Other guests included Israeli Palestinian singer, actress and activist Mira Awad; Palestinian cinematographer Issa Freij; Muhammad Mughrabi, Palestinian hip hop artist from the Shuaafat refugee camp; Israeli musicians Jean Paul Zimbris, Alon Nadel and Gadi Seri, along with other American, Israeli and Palestinian participants.

At the beginning of the film, David Broza sets the context for the project, showing the two sides of Jerusalem, and fascinating interviews. Broza sits on a rooftop with Issa Freij where they discuss their different experiences. Broza greets Steve Earle at the airport and later talks, jams and rehearses with him. There is also an interview with American record producer David Greenberg and several segments with Broza himself.

Some of the most noteworthy footage includes the shots of the musicians (and the filmmaker) rehearsing and having fun in the studio as they prepare for the recording sessions.

Broza chose to record in English, as a universal language, and the two local languages, Hebrew and Arabic. Although I don’t have the album, it is evident that that album has a mix of American folk music influences along with the Middle Eastern nuances of the ud, darbuka and kanun. Broza also adds a little flamenco spice that he picked up in Spain.

The film follows David Broza as he takes a night drive to the impoverished Shuafat refugee camp, the home of the two Palestinian rappers who collaborate on the album. It’s surprising that despite all the security measures nearby, the camp itself is pretty much on its own, without police or emergency services.

There are additional interviews with the Israeli and Palestinians where they describe their experiences. Many of them had never visited each others neighborhoods.

Broza also brought the new generations into the project, recording the voices of young singers representing the various communities.
Sadly, near the end of the film, Broza and Freij encounter a demonstration of Israelis who trade insults with the Palestinians, demonstrating that it’s hard to get away from politics and there is much more work to do.

David Broza grew up in Israel, Spain, and England. His musical influences range from flamenco to rock and Americana. He is also recognized for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian causes, mostly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Since 1977, Broza has released over 30 albums in Hebrew, English and Spanish, many of which have become gold and platinum albums.

In the year 2006 David Broza received the “In Search for Common Ground” award along with Palestinian musician/composer Said Murad, and in 2009 the Spanish King, Juan Carlos I, decorated him with the Spanish Royal Medal of Honor for his longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations, and his dedication to promotion of tolerance and conflict resolution.

In 2015 Broza recorded the album “Andalusian Love Song” with the Andalusian Orchestra of Ashkelon.

East Jerusalem West Jerusalem is a remarkable project that shows how we can all get along through the language of music.

Buy the East Jerusalem West Jerusalem DVD in the Americas

Buy the East Jerusalem West Jerusalem CD in the Americas

Buy the East Jerusalem West Jerusalem CD in Europe

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