Israel meets USA in Oz

Born in Israel, living in the good ol US and touring Oz ladies and gentlemen, Moshav. (Playing Coorabell soon.)

Although their music comes from and is steeped in the Jewish culture of their upbringing, Moshav is as mainstream as any pop/alternative band. Raised on the Moshav Meor Modiim (a moshav is like a kibbutz), a musical village in the hills between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the three lads who make up Moshav Yehuda (vocals, percussion), Duvid (vocals, guitar), and Yosef (bass) have learned and played music since childhood.

When we were growing up, Duvid said, the only electrical appliance in the house was a record player. So, while American kids might be growing up watching television and playing video games, we were growing up listening to music.

The music we were taught was primarily the music of our homeland, explained Yehuda. But the music we fell in love with was the popular American music of the past 40 years. Our music is a blend of both cultures.

By 2000 Moshav had moved to Los Angeles, determined to make it in the mainstream world, like they already had in the Judaic world.

Performing at Woodford Folk Festival, they will then do their rhythmic thing at Coorabell Hall on Wednesday, January 2, from 8pm.

Supporting Moshav is Israeli born, Byron-based Raz Bin Sam and his band the Lion I.

Tickets are $25 pre-sold at Barebones in Bangalow, Mullum Book Shop and All Music & Vision stores in Ballina, Byron and Lismore.

Or $30 at the door.

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