David Broza

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David Broza
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Background information
Born (1955-09-04) September 4, 1955 (age 62)
Origin Haifa, Israel
Genres Pop rock
Rock
Folk rock
Blues
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, activist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1977—
Labels NMC, Hed Arzi, S-Curve, RGB
Website davidbroza.net

David Broza (Hebrew: דויד ברוזה‎; born September 4, 1955) is an Israeli singer-songwriter and activist. His music mixes modern pop with Spanish music.

Personal life[edit]

The son of an Israeli–British businessman and a folk singer, Broza was born in Haifa, Israel. He was raised and educated in England and Spain, where he was schooled at Runnymede College, in Madrid. Broza's grandfather, Wellesley Aron, co-founded the Arab-Israeli peace settlement Neve Shalom – Wāħat as-Salām (The Oasis of Peace)[1] and the Habonim youth movement. Young David Broza originally planned to become a graphic artist, and by age 17 he was selling his paintings in the Rastro, Madrid's Sunday flea market. Following high school, and while serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he began playing guitar in cafes to earn extra money. Eventually he was offered a record deal, but as he still hoped to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, he declined. He later recorded a tape to promote his live shows.

Broza was married to Ruti, from whom he is divorced. He has three children. He lived in Cresskill, New Jersey, United States for 17 years.[2] He resides in Tel Aviv and is a member of Kehilat Sinai, a Masorti (Conservative) synagogue.[3]

Musical career[edit]

His music reflects a fusion of the three countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain and England. Since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye Tov” first hit the airwaves, David Broza has been working to promote a message of peace. The song’s lyrics, roughly translated as “Things Will Be Better” struck at the heart of the issue – that people all over the world want peace. Now with a string of multi-platinum albums behind him, David Broza still strives to hone this message.

In 2013, Broza began work on a new project – bringing together Israeli and Palestinian musicians for 8 days and nights to work side-by-side in an East Jerusalem recording studio. The thrilling result is the new documentary and companion album, East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, a collection of thirteen songs that blends cultures, languages and styles into a powerful statement about collaboration and coexistence. The album, produced by Steve Earle, features a stirring duet with Wyclef Jean.

David Broza’s aspirations for East Jerusalem West Jerusalem reflect the lessons learned during its unprecedented creation—and from a lifetime dedicated to peace and greater human understanding.

Broza continues to tour and record with music luminaries from around the globe. In 2007, a concert at Masada featured Broza with special guests Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin. David Broza has appeared as a guest and shared the bill with Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and many more.

Musical collaboration[edit]

In 1994, David Broza performed with Texan singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt during a Writers in the Round concert in Houston. They never met or had any further contact thereafter, and yet, when Van Zandt died three years later, he left Broza a shoe box full of unreleased poems and lyrics with a request that Broza set them to music. Years later, the result of that unusual story was the album "Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry of Townes Van Zandt", which was released by Broza in 2010.[4][5]

In 2007, David Broza performed at his annual Sunrise at Masada concert in Israel where Broza collaborated with Shawn Colvin and Jackson Browne. The concert was filmed as part of a PBS special and was released in 2014 on DVD and CD by Magenta Label Group.

In early 2013, Broza recorded sessions at Sabreen Studios in East Jerusalem with a band composed of both Israeli and Palestinian musicians, including Mira Awad, Shaa'nan Streett of Hadag Nahash, West Bank rap duo G-Town and Wyclef Jean. The resulting album, "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem," produced by Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg, was released in early 2014 on S-Curve Records.

Peace activism[edit]

An activist who is committed to several humanitarian causes, Broza was appointed a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. His song "Together" (co-written with Ramsey McLean) was the theme song for the UNICEF 50th anniversary celebration in more than 148 countries.[1]

He toured the Middle East with Jordanian musician Hani Naser to promote peace through music. They were invited by the Israeli and Jordanian governments to perform in concert during the peace signing between the two countries.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • The Long Road (Single) (English, 2016)
  • We Are All Alike (All Tears Are Alike) (Single) (Hebrew, 2016)
  • Andalusian Love Song (Hebrew, 2015)
  • East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem (English, 2014)
  • Third Language (Hebrew, 2011)
  • Night Dawn: The Unpublished Poetry Of Townes Van Zandt (English, 2010)
  • At Masada: The Sunrise Concert featuring Shawn Colvin & Jackson Browne (English, 2007)
  • Broza 5 (Live at Zappa Tel Aviv, 2007)
  • Things Will Be Better: The Best of David Broza (JMG, 2006)
  • Parking Completo (Spanish and Hebrew, 2006)
  • Hameitav (Best Of in Hebrew, 2004)
  • Parking Completo (Spanish, 2004)
  • Todo O Nada (Spanish version of All or Nothing, 2002)
  • All Or Nothing (Hebrew, 2002)
  • Painted Postcard (English & Hebrew, 2002)
  • Spanish Heart (English, 2001)
  • Isla Mujeres (The Women's Island), DRO East West/Warner Records Spain (Spanish, 2000)
  • Matchil Linshom (Starting to Breathe), Hed Artzi/RGB Records Gold (Hebrew, 1999)
  • Sodot Gdolim (Big Secrets), RGB Records (Hebrew, 1995)
  • Stone Door, RGB Records (English, 1994)
  • Second Stree, RGB Records (English, 1994)
  • Elements of Love, RGB Records (Hebrew, 1994)
  • Masada Live, RGB Records Platinum (Hebrew, 1994)
  • Time of Trains, RGB Records (English, 1993)
  • Neshika Gnuv (Stolen Kiss), NMC Music (Hebrew, 1992)
  • First Collection, NMC Music (Hebrew, 1990)
  • Away From Home, RGB Records (English, 1989)
  • Poets in New York (Poetas en Nueva York) (contributor, Federico García Lorca tribute album, 1986)[6]
  • Broza, NMC Music (Hebrew, 1984)
  • Haisha Sheiti (The Woman By My Side), NMC Music Quadruple Platinum (Hebrew, 1983)
  • Klaf (ACE), NMC Music (Hebrew, 1981)
  • David Broza, NMC Music (Hebrew, 1979)
  • Hakeves Ha Shisha Asar (The Sixteenth Sheep), NMC Music (Hebrew, 1978)
  • Sikhot Salon (Small Talk), Phohokol (Hebrew, 1977)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Broza profile". Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-29. , Jewish Music Group (archived webpage)
  2. ^ Leichman, Joseph. "A Chava Alberstein and David Broza experience: Israeli Megastars head for Englewood", Jewish Standard, March 1, 2007. Accessed November 28, 2007. "Broza lived in Cresskill for 17 years, and he will return to New Jersey when he plays with Alberstein at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood tomorrow night."
  3. ^ "Like in America", Ha'aretz
  4. ^ Townes Van Zandt's bequest finds new life at "Dawn" Reuters article of February 13, 2010 (which includes an interview with Broza, telling the story's twists and turns from his point of view), retrieved July 15, 2018
  5. ^ see the Night Dawn video trailer in David Broza's official YouTube channel (which, inter alia, includes rare snippets from the 1994 concert in which Van Zandt and Broza participated)
  6. ^ Poets In New York at Discogs (list of releases)

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