Music

The day Maxim Vengerov played at our synagogue

December 26, 2014

World renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov played a supporting role when he performed at Belsize Square Synagogue in north London last week.

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Happy Chanucah from the Maccabeats: 'All About That Neis'

By Sandy Rashty, December 16, 2014
American group The Maccabeats are back with All About That Neis - a parody of All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.

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Katherine Jenkins’ song for Chanucah

By Sandy Rashty, December 11, 2014

Katherine Jenkins has released a Chanucah album to mark the first year in which she will celebrate the festival as the wife of Jewish artist Andrew Levitas.

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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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