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Erez Safar a.k.a. Diwon, is an Orthodox Jew from a Yemenite background, currently living in Brooklyn. He was named by The Forward as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Jews and has been featured in articles in the New York Times, on CBS and BBC World News. His vision of an entrepreneurial venture devoted to Jewish music with a strong educational and social message has evolved into Shemspeed, a music production group that promotes Jewish identity, diversity and Israel involvement through recordings and dynamic programming. Shemspeed talent has performed with artists as varied as Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Idan Raichel and Eminem, and been profiled in Rolling Stone Magazine, SPIN, The New York Times and XXL. TV appearances include Conan O'Brien, CBS and BBC World. http://shemspeed.com

ARTICLES BY: Erez Safar


December 13, 2016 3:04 am
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Eric and Happie’s Debut Album Takes You to Jewish Summer Camp

Eric and Happie’s debut album "It’s Yours" hit #11 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts when it was released a few months ago. We sat down with...

November 28, 2013 10:16 am
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Moshav and Matisyahu’s ‘World on Fire’ Music Video Released for the Holidays (VIDEO)

In time for Chanukah, Moshav released its new music video, "World on Fire" featuring Grammy-nominated artist, Matisyahu. At a time when holiday shoppers are tripping over each...

November 15, 2013 10:34 am
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Rapper Kosha Dillz on His Jewish Identity and the Music Industry (INTERVIEW)

Out of all the Jewish rappers with a Jewish mission and identity, Kosha Dillz is the only one to have been so widely accepted by...

October 15, 2013 10:01 am
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Mikey Pauker’s New Album: ‘Extraordinary Love’ (INTERVIEW)

Folk. Electronica. Reggae. Hip-Hop. Yoga. And God. For Mikey Pauker, it was only natural to share his divine experiences through music. The California born and bred musician is...

June 13, 2013 6:33 pm
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Sol Tevel Does Boee Kallah (INTERVIEW)

If you aren't yet familiar with Sol Tevél, imagine Euro-Latin star Manu Chao, reggae man Bob Marley, and Israeli bands Hadag Nachash and Sheva all...

December 3, 2012 7:00 pm
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Jaffa Road: Where the Light Gets In (INTERVIEW)

Music lovers better pack their bags because they're in for a sonic world tour when global tour de force and Juno nominees Jaffa Road release...

August 20, 2012 2:32 pm
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Thoughtless Sounds, an Interview with Max Jared (INTERVIEW)

Max Jared is that rare kind of artist whose music makes an immediate impact. With an innate talent for crafting memorable pop melodies, the Texas...

April 6, 2012 11:01 am
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Passover Rap Music with Y-Love (INTERVIEW)

During a time when some Jews refrain from listening to live music - Jewish rap super star, Y-Love and beatbox superstar Yuri Lane (who has...

April 4, 2012 11:17 am
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Darshan Remixes the Passover Haggadah

Darshan have dug up some traditional sources and remixed them in a modern retelling of the story found at the end of the Passover Haggadah.... "I...

April 3, 2012 9:39 am
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Get Yo’ Matzah at Paid Dues

Fresh off his song placement in this years Super Bowl, hustling Jersey bred MC Kosha Dillz is about to bring Passover to thousands of hip...

March 6, 2012 2:56 pm
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Restore My Soul: The Music of Shtar (VIDEO)

Hip-hop group Shtar has been defying stereotypes ever since its inception inside the walls of rabbinical college. Consisting of Brad Rubinstein (producer and songwriter), Ori...

February 23, 2012 3:42 pm
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In The Stereo with DeScribe and Idan Raichel (INTERVIEW)

Brooklyn based hip-hop artist DeScribe has teamed up with Israeli superstar Idan Raichel to create the single "In the Stereo," one of the most original and...

January 24, 2012 10:23 am
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Shalom Haters: Interview with Israeli/North African MC SHI 360

Israeli/North African MC SHI 360 releases "Shalom Haters" video which received over 30,000 unique views in one week and debuted on Vibe Magazine's All Hip...

January 21, 2011 2:02 pm
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Culture

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Films Video Onstage During Israel Concert

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter filmed a video onstage during his band's live concert...

American Model Kate Upton Shares Photos From Her Trip to Israel

American model Kate Upton shared with her Twitter followers on Thursday photos from her recent trip to Israel. The 25-year-old uploaded three...

Features

Zionism Meets Feminism: Talking Shop Over a Glass of Chardonnay

JNS.org - In a quintessential “only in Israel” moment, nearly 60 women (and a few dozen men) gathered on a breezy...

Brooklyn Man Hopes to Open a New Chapter of Jewish Dating

At many recent Passover seders, sometime after the four questions were asked, a fifth one was posed by a parent...

The Israeli Air Force Legend Who Influenced Generations

JNS.org - On Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, the family of Lt.-Col. Ohad Shadmi -- a legendary and highly influential...

World

Students, Activists Disrupt Talk by Israeli Ambassador at Syracuse Universi...

Some 20 protesters disrupted a speech by an Israeli ambassador at Syracuse University in New York on Tuesday, raising concerns...

Israel

Top Hamas Official Warns: Gaza Border Protests Will Continue After May 15

A top Hamas official warned on Wednesday that the ongoing Gaza border demonstrations -- expected to reach their peak on May 15, known as "Nakba Day" by the Palestinians --...

Middle East

In Power for 15 Years, Iraq’s Shi’ites Split Ahead of Crucial V...

United in their fight against Saddam Hussein's oppression for decades, Iraq's Shi'ites have become deeply fragmented and disillusioned with their...

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