Avihu Medina

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Avihu Medina
אביהו מדינה.jpg
Background information
BornAugust 19, 1948
Tel Aviv, Israel
GenresMediterranean Israeli music
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, songwriter, and singer

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

Medina was born in Tel Aviv. He was the third son of Aaron and Leah Medina.[3] His mother's family immigrated from Yemen in 1906 and she was born in Jerusalem, and his father immigrated 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.[4]

Avihu is a resident of Petah Tikva.[3]

Music career[edit]

Avihu has composed more than 401 Mizrachi music songs.[5] Through 2007, he had released nine albums.[6] He is considered by some to be the best-known Oriental singer, and has composed many of Zohar Argov's songs.[7]


  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. ^ a b Zohar Argov's flower that launched a million cassettes, Haaretz
  5. ^ Motti Regev, Edwin Seroussi. Popular music and national culture in Israel. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum (2007). Encyclopaedia Judaica. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Anton La Guardia (2003). War without end: Israelis, Palestinians, and the struggle for a promised land. Retrieved July 20, 2011.

External links[edit]