Monday, March 26, 2012
These days you don't have to be a professional musician or even a group of college a cappella singers to pick a popular music video, write a Pesach parody of it, perform it on location, and then broadcast it worldwide over the internet.
That's exactly what a group of eighth-graders at Magen Avot, an American style liberal Haredi school in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel did last year. The American and British kids, now in high school, call themselves The Jewsic (Jewish Music) Group and hope to produce more videos, if they can find the time in their busy schedules.
The video, recorded a year ago, contains a reference to Gilad Schalit, the Israeli soldier who was released from captivity later in the year. It's a take-off on the popular song Wavin' Flag. by Somali-Canadian artist K'naan. The song was a global hit, reaching the top ten in 19 charts around the world and was chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted by South Africa. If you're not familiar with it, we include a video below the Passover video so you can see what the parody is of.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)