Ran Shem-Tov, lead singer and guitarist of Izabo, in concert in Paris, August 18, 2007
|Origin||Petah Tikva, Israel|
Middle Eastern music
|Members||Ran Shem Tov
|Past members||Nir Graf (1989 - 1994)
Amos Fridman (1994 - 1997)
Tamir Muscat (1989 - 1997)
Most of the band members are experienced musicians on the Israeli music scene. The lead singer and guitarist, Ran Shem-Tov is a versatile producer, who worked with artists such as Yehudit Ravitz, Anat Damon and Dikla and recorded soundtracks. The other players are successful session musicians.
Izabo's music has been described as a "Brilliant, action packed combination of Psychedelic Rock, Disco, Punk and Arabic spices". Featuring high-to-ultra-high vocals, twisting and expressive Arab-flavoured guitar work, powerfully funky basslines, arrogantly catchy keyboards and intense disco beats, Izabo have established themselves as one of Israel's most absorbing live acts.
Izabo's debut LP, The Fun Makers, was released late 2003 to great critical acclaim. The songs Morning Hero and Cook Me became significant radio hits in Israel. In the following months Izabo signed on to Sony BMG, which released their British debut, The Morning Hero EP. The release was accompanied by a concert tour which took Izabo to England, Scotland and the Netherlands.
Izabo collaborated with a large variety of artists, on stage and in the studio, from Ahuva Ozeri to award winning choreographer, Ohad Naharin.
Their second LP, Super Light, was released in July 2008. The first single out of the LP is "Slow Disco", released on June 16, 2008.
On March 26, 2012, Izabo released an EP titled Summer Shade. This EP contains the tracks "Summer Shade", "On My Way" and "Life is on my side".
In early February it was revealed that Izabo had been chosen by a group of mass communications and music industry experts to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The song, Time, has verses in English and choruses in Hebrew. However, they did not manage to make it past the semi-final.
On the May 21, 2012, Izabo released the album Life is on my side in the UK, through 100% Records. The album contains 14 tracks including a bonus track, "A Day In The Sun".
- Morning hero (2004)
- Play with me (2004)
- Cook me (2004)
- Shawarma hunters (2008)
- Slow disco (2009)
- On my way (2010)
- Summer shade (2011)
- I like it (2012)
- Time (2012)
- Ran Shem-Tov, vocals and guitar
- Shiri Hadar, keyboards
- Jonathan Levy, bass
- Nir Mantzur, drums
- "First Semi-Final concludes, we have ten finalists! | News | Eurovision Song Contest - Baku 2012". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
- Official website
- Izabo's MySpace
- Labeleh - The band's Israeli Label
- Izabo's Facebook fan page
- Izabo's YouTube channel
|Awards and achievements|
with "Ding Dong"
|Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Rak bishvilo"