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Not many information available about this Jam Band from Tel Aviv, which kindly gives us a hint with their group name. If you like modern Afrobeat-based bands like Antibalas, you can hop on the train, the waggons beside Afrobeat are Funk, Soul, Jazz, diverse Latin styles, Hip Hop and some Mideast influences.  Sounds promising? It is!

Anikuku consists of DJ Sabbo, member of the fantastic Soulico crew, who plays a prominet role in the band and which results in a different sound compared to bands like Antibalas; the several times at urbanology featured Kutiman; Yaya Cohen Aharonov (bass) and Shlomi Alon (sax) from the highly recommend hebrew Hip Hop/Funk group Hadag Nahash, as well as Ilan Arad (sax) and Idan K (percussions, dijeridoo).

Just having Funk!


Ophir Kutiel a.k.a. Kutiman from Tel Aviv is just 25 years old, but he incorporates James Brown and Sly Stone type funk beats, complete with sinewy wah-wah guitar licks and popping backbeats, in his soulful afrobeat creations like an old funk player from the 70s. The multi-instrumentalist, who impressively plays the majority of the instruments on the album and also plays drums in the moog funk group Koliphones from Tel Aviv, merges a contemporary mindset with the sounds and styles of funk and psychedelic lore throughout this melodically-rich album. To diversify his aesthetic, he draws a little bit of reggae into the fold as well, clearly moved by the time he spent in the Caribbean traveling and taking in the musical culture. Kutiman invited some of the greatest musicians from the Israeli scene, on three tracks Karolina is featured with her beautiful voice, frontwomen of the soulful reggae group Funset and part of the chart breaking trio Ha-Banot Nechama, which are real superstars in Israel. Also on three tracks is Elran Dekel featured, maybe a nobody to you, but he is the leadsinger of the Israeli funk band Funk’n’stein, attracting international attention. For the extra kick the whole Funk’n’stein brass section is featured too.

“There are some great and gifted musicians in Tel Aviv, but the scene is so small we could all meet up in my room” explains Kutiman, this small scene must be superb.

Music is ruling my world.

Спасибо means thank you!

“This is one of the most beautiful days in my life” – Esther Bejarano

Just like for the time witness and Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano May 8th is for all those humans, who became victim of the destruction and conquest illusion of the Germans, a day of joy and liberation. The Nazis were defeated, german barbarism and the Holocaust had an end.

With the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht on 8 May 1945 the civilization rapture was brought to an end and meant the liberation of several millions prisoners of the concentration camps, hard labourers, political opponents and prisoners of war. They survived the incomparable terror of the camps, the death marches, the exploitation in war economics, the euthanasia programs and the racist human attempts, while millions of people became victim of the collective destruction of the Germans – alone 27 million humans from the Soviet Union, among them 14 million civilians. Six million Jews and half a million Sinti and Roma were murdered in the concentration and extermination camps of the Nazis; hundred thousands died in captivity or in hard labour for German companies like IG Farben, Flick or Deutsche Bank. Those who didn’t meet the eugenic expectations and the civil sexual or work moral were murdered; just as communists, social democrats and all others who offered resistance against fascism.

May 8th – Liberation Day!

Thanks to partisans and resistance fighters and all who took part in the war of liberation. Thanks goes besides to the partisan federations under Tito or the French Maquisards, which followed the numerous partisan federations of the Résistance, likewise the fewer well-known partisan groups like the “Jewish Brigade” and the innumerable nameless survivors and the dead. We thank the Allies and not least the soldiers of the Red Army, who achieved the crucial contribution for the German defeat.

Am Israel Chai! The People of Israel are still alive!

After 2000 years of pursuit and pogroms, german National-Socialism “invented” in the last century the industrial murdering of the jews in the concentration camps, the aim was “simple” – to kill all the jews, worldwide. Fortunately the Germans were stopped – but they murdered 6 million jews in the 12 years lasting time of the regime, most of them from 1942 – 1945. After that barbarism the mankind was still unwilling to destroy once and for all the roots of antisemitism. But on May 14, 1948 (in the jewish calendar this year the date is on May 8th) David Ben-Gurion declared the creation of the State of Israel, in accordance with the 1947 UN Partition Plan. This plan would have partitioned the territory of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, with the Greater Jerusalem area, including Bethlehem, coming under international control. Uhm yes, exactly what many peace activist nowadays demand, but the Arabs rejected the plan – instead Egypt, TransJordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq declared war on Israel only a few hours later. Saudi-Arabia and Yemen also sent forces to participate in the invasion.

Sadly antisemitism was on the rise in the arab population of Palestine since more than a decade (reanimated religious motivated Antijudaism from within the Islam was mixed with secular “modern” Antisemitism in the tradition of the Nazis) and antisemitic motivated terror started a lot of years before (!) the state of Israel was born. Even jewish communities which lived for hundred of years in Palestine were attacked and not only zionist immigrants. The reason is simple, they not only wanted to prevent an jewish state, they wanted to wipe all the jews out of the “holy land”. Since then almost nothing did change, antisemitic terrorists still try to kill as most jews as possible and to destroy Israel, but today political Islamism is more widespread under palestine people.

Ben Jehuda Street, Jerusalem. 52 died and 31 injured in a bomb attack by arab nationalists, February 2nd 1948

Never Again!

Thankfully Israel did win all wars, many started by different arab neighbour countries, others were enforced by terrorist activities. Until today Israel exists and the people of Israel are alive. Antisemits weren´t able to reach their goals, which would be again a nightmare for the emancipation of mankind. In a world were antisemitism is still alive and on the rise again, Israel is a necessity to secure the lives of the jews – today and in the future. With good reason urbanology supports a strong and secure Israel, because of Israel jews never again have to wait for salvation that never comes. Happy Birthday Israel!

May 8th, 2008 – 63rd years after the defeat of Nazi-Germany and 60th birthday of Israel, what a beautiful day.

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