To mark International Women’s Day, Café Gibraltar is proud to present ‘Bat HaMakom/Bint al-Balad,’ (Local Woman), a compilation of songs – some of them debuted here for the very first time – by the most innovative female artists making music in Israel today.
You can download the album for free, courtesy of the artists.
Ester Rada – Nano Ney
One can recognize the melody of “Nano Ney” from Rada’s rather marginal role in Idan Reichel’s song “Mima’amakim.” In her version, Ester Rada gives the song its proper dues, with lots of energy, a groove that gets stuck in your head and an excellent rock out outro. The song, off of her debut album, is also the first ever song in Amharic to make it to Galgalatz’s (Israeli Radio) playlist.
Natalie Peretz – Ti Rashrash
Natali Peretz, one of the contestants on the first season of “Eyal Golan is Callng You,” breathes new life to one of Lebanon’s biggest hits in the last years. Peretz’s version takes Rami Hussein’s Debka and turns it into contemporary Mizrahi dance. Before Peretz, Hanin Zoabi’s Balad party used the song for one of its hilarious election campaign commercials.
Neta Elkayam – Bint L’Mnam*
Bint L’Mnam, or “daughter of dreams” in Moroccan Arabic, is the theme song from Hanna Azoulay Hasfari’s new film “Anashim Ktumim” (“Orange People”). Amit Hai Cohen brought his personal touch to the traditional-sounding production, and Elkayam’s voice works perfectly with the lyrics, which she wrote along with social activist Reuven Abergil.
Ilana Eliya – Eshet Hayil
In an interview with Café Gibraltar, Ilana Eliya said that all the melodies to the classic “Eshet Hail” were always so sad – she wanted to create an uplifting melody from a woman’s point of view. But behind it all lies something else: the fact that a woman sings it, perhaps about herself and to herself, overturns existing power dynamics: instead of men thanking women of taking over traditional roles in the home, it becomes a song about recognizing one’s self-worth, pride, creativity and power.
Yael Horwitz – Hasta el Final
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