Avihu Medina

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Avihu Medina
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Background information
Born August 19, 1948
Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Mediterranean Israeli music
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, songwriter, and singer
Website www.hebrewsongs.com/artists-avihumedina.htm

Avihu Medina (Hebrew: אביהו מדינה‎‎, born August 19, 1948, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli composer, arranger, songwriter, and singer of Mediterranean Israeli music.[1][2]


Avihu Medina was born in Tel Aviv. He was the third son of Aaron and Leah Medina.[3] His mother's family immigrated in 1906 and she was born in Jerusalem, and his father immigrated to Israel from Yemen in 1939 when it was under the British Mandate.[1] He is Jewish, and his father was a cantor.[1]

As a teenager he lived on Kibbutz Kissufim.[4] He served as a tank commander in the Israel Defense Forces.[3]In the 1980s he established a diamond polishing business. [5]

Avihu is a resident of Petah Tikva.[3]

Music career[edit]

Avihu has composed more than 401 Mizrachi music songs.[6] Through 2007, he had released nine albums.[7] He is considered by some to be the best-known Oriental singer, and has composed many of Zohar Argov's songs.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Amy Horowitz. Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rebecca L. Stein, Ted Swedenburg (2005). Palestine, Israel, and the politics of popular culture. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "אביהו מדינה". Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Zohar Argov's flower that launched a million cassettes, Haaretz
  5. ^ Zohar Argov's flower that launched a million cassettes, Haaretz]
  6. ^ Motti Regev, Edwin Seroussi. Popular music and national culture in Israel. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum (2007). Encyclopaedia Judaica. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Anton La Guardia (2003). War without end: Israelis, Palestinians, and the struggle for a promised land. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 

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