Friday, August 10, 2012

Musical Showcase: Meet SoulAviv and Their Uptempo Spiritual Jewish Music


We've been showcasing new Jewish comedians and revisiting some classic old-timers in the three years that Jewish Humor Central has been visible online. Now we think it's time to do the same for Jewish musical groups that are new on the scene and who make music that we like a lot.

Even though SoulAviv was formed in 2007, we just came across them this week and we wanted to share their beautiful music with you.

In the past five short years SoulAviv has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting new vocal groups in Jewish Music. Named as one of the top 12 Jewish music groups in the world, they are equally at ease singing in English, Hebrew, or Yiddish. Their unique and original repertoire is infused with the sounds of Motown, gospel, Memphis soul, and a particularly affinity with the great harmony groups of the 60's and 70's. Socially conscious lyrics mix with deep spirituality; combined with jubilant celebration, and a little California sunshine thrown in for fun.

The four band members have deep musical roots and one is the granddaughter of a rabbi and a cantor. Lots of information about them appears on their website.

As we head into Shabbat, we'd like to share their interpretation of Hashkivenu at  a Valley Outreach Synagogue outdoor Reform Shabbat service in Woodland Hills, California.

Enjoy, and Shabbat Shalom.

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