Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jeremy Cool Habash - Israeli Ethiopean Rapper

My twitter buddy, MochaJuden, sent around a link this video clip from the movie 2009 Israeli Film "Children of the Bible," directed by Nitza Gonen. It features Jeremy Cool Habash, an Israeli rapper of Ethiopian descent. According to an article on Boston.com, Habash is
"A graduate of yeshiva -- an Orthodox Jewish religious school system -- Habash steers clear of mainstream rap topics as well, preferring to sing about his love for Judaism, his concern about youth getting lost in alcohol and drugs, and his anguish about the treatment of Ethiopian Jews in Israel."
The clip on has a only few seconds of Habash rapping at the very end, but he's a wonderful storyteller.

If you're in NYC, you can catch a screening of Children of the Bible on February 11, 2010 at the 14th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. If you want to screen the film, you can get info from Dragoman Film Distibution.

I haven't been able to find much information in English about Habash. If you're in the know, drop me a note. Thanks.

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