Ariel Zilber

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Ariel Zilber
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Background information
Birth name Ariel Zilber
Born (1943-09-23) September 23, 1943 (age 73)
Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine (Now Israel)
Genres World music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Piano, trumpet
Years active 1967-present
Labels The Eight Note
Website Official Site

Ariel Zilber (Hebrew: אריאל זילבר‎‎; born September 23, 1943) is an Israeli singer-songwriter and composer.[1]


Ariel Zilber, Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, 1953

Ariel Zilber was born in Tel Aviv. His mother, Bracha Zefira was a singer and his father, Ben Ami Zilber, played the violin in the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.[2] He attended the Hadassim boarding school on Kibbutz Gan Shmuel until the age of fifteen. After losing a foot in a gun accident,he returned to Tel Aviv and began studying the trumpet.[3]He spent several years in England and France building up a career, but eventually returned to Tel Aviv.

Bracha Zefira, mother of Ariel Zilber

Later in life, Zilber became a religious Jew and a follower of the Lubavicher rebbe. He was a resident of Alei Sinai, but now lives with his wife on Moshav Gitit.[4]

Music career[edit]

In the 1970s, he established the innovative rock band Tamuz, with Shalom Hanoch, and later headed the group Brosh. His songs "Rutzi, Shmulik Koreh Lach" ("Run, Shmulik Is Calling You"), "Ani Shochev Li Al Hagav" ("Lying on My Back"), "Ten Li Koach" ("Give Me Strength"), "Milliard Sinim" ("A Billion Chinese") and others were known for their amusing, somewhat bizarre lyrics.[5]

In the 1980s, he launched a solo career. His music spans various genres, from rock, pop, hip-hop and Arab music to Ethiopian-inspired music. His album "Ha'atalef Vehatarnigol" ("The Bat and the Rooster") included four Hasidic melodies composed by Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh.[6]According to Zilber, the title song is taken from a Talmudic analogy in which a rooster crows excitedly as a new day dawns while the bat lives in darkness.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2014 Zilber won an ACUM award for his contribution to music. Initially, he was to be granted the lifetime achievement award but due to his political views, the prize was downgraded to an award for his musical accomplishments.[8]



  • Rutzi Shmulik, 1976
  • Ariel Zilber and the Brosh Band, 1978
  • Ariel Zilber, 1982
  • Ariel Zilber, CD, 1983
  • Ba Da Di Dia, 1988
  • Two weeks in a foreign city, 1991
  • Smoke Screen, 1999
  • Anabel, 2005
  • Politically Correct, 2008
  • The Bat and the Rooster (Ha'atalef Vehatarnigol), 2013
  • Someone (Mishehu), 2016

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