Hi dear friends and followers…happy almost Purim 🙂
It’s going to be a short post today, but this has been a long time coming and I can’t wait any longer on this post! I want to introduce you all to a new singer I came across recently, Anat Malamud, who has really opened up my emotions in the last few months.
Lets say she was #1 in my 2019 playlist 🙂
Anat was invited to perform at the opening event at Muslala in connection with The Jerusalem Biennale back in October, and since that show I have been listening to these four songs of hers very regularly.
Although they are all in Hebrew, the lyrics are simple, her voice is beautiful, and the meanings run deep.
Two of the selected songs she wrote herself, “Nigun” and “Ha Pachad Roked“.
“Pashut ha Shir” is written by Yoram Tehrlev and “Ma Shlomech Achot ha Boker” is an oldie by Naomi Shemer (the singer behind the famous Yerushalayim Shel Zahav).
It is wonderful to see her live because she explains the meanings behind all her songs before she sings them. For example, for the Naomi Shemer song “Ma Shlomech Achot ha Boker”, she explained that one day she simply heard the song driving in her car and couldn’t handle how beautiful the lyrics were and just had to know who sang them.
“Pashut ha Shir” almost always brings me to tears.
היוצא מן הלב
ואותו כה פשוט לזכור
ויביאו אליך אור
יעשה לך טוב
וישכיח את כל הרע
בו מכר וקרוב
ואולי אהבה זרה
שירי לי עוד ועוד
זמר פשוט מאוד
שירי לי עד דמעות של אושר
שירי לי ככה סתם
זמר פשוט וחם
זמר שכל אדם יאהב
ומוכן לחבוש מכה
ברכות הוא עוטף
ומשאיר לנו נשיקה
I can’t really translate these songs to English without Google Translate which won’t do the lyrics justice so I will just have to leave you here to explore and listen for yourselves.
Perhaps when I have a bit more time I will reach out to her and see if she has time to sit down and talk. I would love to know more about her background and inspirations.
In the meantime, simple enjoy 🙂
“Pashut ha Shir”
“Ma Shlomech Achot ha Boker”
“Ha Pachad Roked”
*Here is my full Israeli Singer-Songwriter playlist on Youtube, which includes Anat Malamud, Ishai Ribo, Alma Zohar, and more.