How to Use Mixtape Part Three

Podcasts bring stories to life, exposing us to different narratives and opinions, enriching our knowledge, and providing an opportunity for inquiry.

There are many ways to explore the rich content that Mixtape offers. Each episode can be discussed in one session or broken into several lessons, depending on time and audience. Learners can listen on their own or together, during class. Educators can facilitate discussions on key issues, assign individual exploration or implement  activities.

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  • Speaker / Personality Description and Bios
  • Themes
  • Discussion Questions  
  • Recommended Activities
  • Resources
  • Addendum: Songbook with Hebrew, English, and transliteration

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Episode 3 - Eastern Bound

Running time: 47:50

In the third of this four-part miniseries, Mixtape, Israel Story sets out to explore Israeli society through the stories behind some of the country’s most iconic tunes.

“when it comes to Israel, everything is complicated. Politics are complicated, religion is complicated, democracy is complicated, the conflict is complicated. Even the complications are complicated... But there is (seemingly) one island within Israeli society that escapes complexity, one thing that brings us together more than it divides us: Israeli music. Or so, at least, we thought." -Mishy Harmon, Israel Story Host

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The Place of Mizrahi Music in Mainstream Israeli Culture

1. Eurovision

2. Mizrahi Music in Mainstream Israel

  • Mizrahim in Israel (My Jewish Learning)
  • Jewish Ethnic Diversity (My Jewish Learning)
  • Israel's Happiness Revolution: What My Preschooler’s Taste In Mizrahi Pop Says About Where The Country Is At by Matti Friedman (Tablet Magazine)
  • Israel's Sidelined Mizrahi Musicians and Artists Reclaim Centre Stage by Peter Beaumont (The Guardian)
  • Once Oriental, Mizrahi Music Goes Mainstream by loolwa khazzoom (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
  • Mizrahi Music Background (Wikipedia)
  • Zohar Argov's Flower That Launched a Million Cassettes (Ha'aretz)
  • Excerpts from "Popular Music and National Culture in Israel" by Motti Regev and Edwin Seroussi

    The book’s primary conclusion is that Israeli popular music reflects, quite simply, the fact the Israel is a multicultural society. Therefore, there is no single Israeli identity. The identity of Israeli society embraces many types and forms, and its music reflects this fact. The authors conclude that, although there is as yet no answer to the question of Israeliness in music, those who are active in this area still feel themselves obliged to relate to it.

    Regev and Seroussi point out that, despite their conclusion that it is impossible, in the course of the history of the State of Israel and the Jewish community which preceded it, to speak of a “typical Israeli music,” a complex process has taken place whereby the combination of various influences and mutual links between the different approaches and groups has produced a body of popular songs that may be considered a “canon”; and this “canon” is considered by the Jewish Israeli public to be “pan-Israeli.”

    The struggle over “Israeliness” has generated systems of borrowing, adoption, modification and adaptation—not only of stylistic components of a particular musical culture by musicians of a different culture, but also of a repertoire of outstanding and important songs. Songs that originally belonged to a particular musical culture are to be found in the context of other musical cultures. They are adapted to the typical tonal structures and methods of performance of other musical cultures, and are performed in several cultural contexts. [Source: Bar Ilan-University]


Songbook (Episode Three)