Music

Anger over ‘disturbing’ Nazi-style imagery in Nicki Minaj video

By Josh Jackman, November 10, 2014

World-famous rapper Nicki Minaj has been condemned for featuring Nazi-style imagery in her new video.

Ms Minaj, the most successful female rap artist in history, released an animated video for her song Only which features swastika-style flags, a gas mask with the word “chamber” over it and the rap star being saluted by troops wearing red armbands.

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Michael Chabon wrote lyrics for new Mark Ronson album

By Naomi Firsht, November 10, 2014

Acclaimed music producer Mark Ronson collaborated with Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon on his latest album.

The British-Jewish producer asked the author over a year ago to write the lyrics for his long-awaited return album Uptown Special, whose debut single will be out in January.

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Singer Jessie Ware named Musician of the Year

By Naomi Firsht, November 5, 2014

Jessie Ware has been named Musician of the Year at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.

Jewish south Londoner Ms Ware was honoured with the prize at a ceremony in London on Tuesday night which saw film actress Carey Mulligan receive the Inspiration award and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie win British Actress of the Year.

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The American rapper who converted to Judaism: God is my only drug now

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2014

Damian Black grew up in a gangster's paradise.

Living in Seattle, where his family ran a drugs den, was rough. His cupboard was used to grow marijuana and he started smoking it aged 10. Two years later, he was dealing and owned his first gun.

At 13, he started rapping about his life using the name D.Black, releasing records such as You Need a Thug.

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Never the twain shall meet

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

This week, I went where few modern Jewish girls have gone before - to east London on a Tuesday night.

I gave up my pre-planned Netflix-filled evening to hang with gig-goers in Shoreditch.

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Loving lament for a bully

By Madeleine Kingsley, May 9, 2014

It is hard to imagine the musical tyrant known as Mr K lasting long as a teacher today. Any 21st-century Mr K, with stomping foot and furiously flailing baton, would surely be disciplined for reducing his first violins to tears and forcibly paring their fingernails with his pocket clippers.

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Lost Mendelssohn piece played for very first time

By Charlotte Oliver, May 6, 2014

A recently discovered piece of music by German Jewish composer Felix Mendelssohn has been played for the first time in public – 140 years after it went missing.

The song, entitled “The Heart of Man is Like a Mine”, was performed on Radio 4's Today programme this morning.

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Blondie mainstay gets to focus on the negatives as 10th album comes out

By Paul Lester, April 17, 2014

When a prominent member of a legendary American pop-rock-disco-rap band inquires as to your well-being, you’d better make sure your reply is more interesting than “Fine, thanks”.

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Pharrell Williams very happy about Israeli video

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

American singer Pharrell Williams has paid special tribute to the Israelis who covered his award-winning single ‘Happy’.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer chose the video tribute filmed in Tel Aviv, to be shown at the UN’s International Day of Happiness .

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Rolling Stones confirm they will play in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The Rolling Stones will perform their first-ever Israel concert, it has been confirmed.

Representatives said on Tuesday that the band would go ahead with its performance in Tel Aviv this summer as planned.

The Stones were reportedly offered £4.5 million to play the open-air concert in Park Hayarkon on June 4 – the largest sum ever offered for a music act to play in the country.

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