Posted byat 5th May, 2009
I recently had the opportunity to work in LA, across the country and around the world with artists and activists on a new version of “HaTikvah” (Israel’s national anthem)
Called “Hope Remixed”, this “Hativkah” Beat-Boxing video is an expression of hope and optimism, with a new beat. In a time when the image of Israel is too often of war and conflict, “Hope Remixed” celebrates Israel’s diversity, beauty, history, and modernity.
An amazing woman produced this video – Maital Guttman. She brought together collaborators, including my own fabulous producer (Glenn Grossman- my fiance and co-writer) created beats and vocal parts for me to do on the mix. And yes, you’ll see little snippets of yours truly in the video as well. (Full credits below)
We really all can celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) by sharing positive messages of hope for world peace and breaking down pre-conceived or media influenced notions of a place with heart and soul. No country is flawless (as evidenced by our own US of A). It’s made of of politicians, business people, artists, consumers, activists, criminals, people on the left, right and center. But we hope – we HOPE that our country acts and behaves in the world with a sense of justice, valuing human life and helping others. We believe that Israel does. And we want to share that message!
This video was produced by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and will be sent to their various networks, including Hillel professionals, Birthright alumni, Hillel Latin America, FSU, and Israel Fellows. This video is part of their “ICare” campaign to humanize Israel.
Here are the credits:
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
Director of Photography
DJ Nova Jade
Naomi Less (guitar/vocals)
Anthony Rogers Wright (bass)
Matteo Natale (keyboard)
Glenn Grossman (beats)
DJ Nova Jade (beats/scratching)
Maital Guttman (beat boxing)
Naomi Less (Woodhull Alumna)