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  • Searching for song and identity, from the Maghreb to the Negev

    Neta Elkayam, an upcoming artist and musician based in Jerusalem, tells the story of her multi-faceted identity and presents her own personal mixtape. Café Gibraltar sat down with Elkayam to discuss her experiences growing up in a southern Israeli development town, her life-changing trip to Morocco, and the power of North Africa’s female singers. By Hagar Shezaf and Khen Elmaleh Where are you from? I was born in Netivot, Israel. My experience has been one of a "southerner," although I spent the second half of my life wandering. I lived in Be'er Sheba's Dalet neighborhood, and then in the Hatikva…

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  • Buy, borrow, steal: A hidden homage in Beyoncé’s new video

    This past weekend my Facebook went berserk. Hundreds of little red reminders. And why? Beyoncé released her newest video, a little guilty pleasure called Countdown. The video is an open homage to a whole lotta stuff, from Audrey Hepburn’s dance scene in Funny Face to the seminal Vogue photo shoots of the 1960’s to Twiggy’s distinctive makeup stylings. But thrown into the collage of-many-good-things-made-by-other-artists-a-long-time-ago is a one to one remake of Rosas Danst Rosas by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. This was the cause of the inter-unrest. It was a thirty plus-comment, capital letters debate about ghetto-ization of certain…

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