Grapevine: African and Israeli rhythms – Israel News





Likud MK Yehudah Glick.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


■ BEFORE HE came to make his home in Israel, Richard Shavei Tzion, the founder and conductor of the Ramatayim Men’s Choir, served as a prayer leader in the Schoonder Street Synagogue in Cape Town, South Africa. One Shabbat morning in 1980, he noticed a little boy from the congregation singing along with him. Impressed by the youngster’s voice and musicality, Shavei Tzion invited the boy to join the choir and sing duets with him….

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