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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

Hundreds of Liquor Bottles Belonging to WWI-Era British Troops Unearthed in Israel

JNS.org - Among several other discoveries, hundreds of liquor bottles belonging to British soldiers from...

Israeli Music Icon Idan Raichel Jams With Students at Chicago Cultural Center

Israeli music icon Idan Raichel turned what was supposed to be a lesson...

Clues About Life of Jesus Revealed in Israeli Artifacts Warehouse

JNS.org - Ahead of Easter, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has opened up a 54,000-square-foot warehouse dubbed the “Ali Baba cave,”...

Features

As Recreational Use Clears Hurdle, Medical Cannabis Rides High in Israel

JNS.org - Beyond the scent of cannabis drifting through the venue, there was an extra...

‘Jesus’s Tomb’ Shrine Unveiled After Painstaking Restoration Efforts in Jerusalem

JNS.org - After several months of meticulous restoration work, the shrine that...

Hezbollah Uses Terror Recruitment to Threaten Israel

JNS.org - When it comes to the threat posed by Hezbollah, Israelis often worry about rocket attacks or other conventional arms. But...

World

With Only Two Democrats Voting in Favor, Senate Confirms David Friedman as ...

Attorney David Friedman was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to be the next US ambassador to Israel. President Donald Trump’s...

Israel

Israel Air Force to Host 7 Nations in Largest-Ever ‘Battle Lab’

JNS.org - The Israel Air Force (IAF) this fall will host combat pilots and support crews from seven countries — including the US, Greece, Poland, France, Germany, India and Italy —...

Middle East

Report: Hamas Attempts to Present New ‘Moderate Image’

JNS.org - In response to its international isolation, the Palestinian terror group Hamas has undertaken a new political program in an attempt to present a “more moderate image,” aiming to improve...

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