Israeli Folk Songs

LeBelibo Agas VeGam Tapuach

This musical television special, hosted by Ehud Manor and conducted and arranged by Matti Caspi, features prominent Israeli singers performing popular Israeli songs that were inspired and taken from Russian folksongs. The performers include, Matti Caspi, Leah Shabbat, Simah A'miel, Shlomi Shabbat, Boaz Sharabi and Ofira Yosephi.

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Video still taken from the Youtube video of Tov Lalakhet Badrakhim

Cute Boy, Charming Girl: Children's Songs of the Modern Hebrew Nation (1882-1948)


Cute Boy, Charming Girl: Children’s Songs of the Modern Hebrew Nation(1882-1948) presents Hebrew songs written for and sung by Jewish children in pre-state Israel. The selection represents highlights in the development of this genre in the first half of the twentieth century. It includes poems by canonical poets that were set to music by professional composers, songs by amateur poets and composers, translated songs, and borrowed melodies.

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Yona Homiya

12 Sephardic songs. The book contains songs that were either written, composed, or sung by Yitzhak Eliyahu Navon. Includes words and music. Edited and published by Yitzhak Levi, for the preservation of Sephardi folk music.

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Emanuel Zamir

Emanuel Zamir was a unique figure in the field of Hebrew Folksong (Zemer Ivri). He was born in Petakh Tikva, to parents who were among the founders of the colony. At an early age, he was influenced by the songs of composer Matitiyahu Shelem of Kibbutz Ramat-Yochanan.