Kobi Oz

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Kobi Oz
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Oz on stage with Teapacks in 2006
Background information
Birth name Yaakov Uzan
Born (1969-09-17) 17 September 1969 (age 48)
Origin Sderot, Israel
Genres Alternative rock, mizrahi, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, keyboardist
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1985-present
Labels Hed-Arzi, Anana
Associated acts Teapacks, Sfatayim

Kobi Oz (Hebrew: קובי אוז‎‎, [ˈkobi ˈoz], born Ya'akov Uzan (Hebrew: יעקב אוזן‎‎, [ja.aˈkov uˈzan]) on 17 September 1969) is the lead singer of Israeli group Teapacks.

Biography[edit]

Yaakov Uzan was born on 17 September 1969 in Sderot to Tunisian Jewish parents who moved to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1942 to escape the Vichy French.

In 1985, Uzan adopted the stage name Kobi Oz and began playing music and composing. He started out playing keyboards for the band Sfatayim, which performed traditional Moroccan music.[1]

In 1988, Oz released two solo singles, "Silonim" (Jets) and "Lispor kvasim" (Counting Sheep), which didn't get much traction. "Lispor kvasim" would be revisited in 1992 for Teapacks' debut album, Shvil klipot hagarinim. Two years later, he formed Teapacks with guitarist Einav Cohen, bassist Gal Peremen and drummer Tamir Yemini. Despite many lineup changes, Oz and Peremen remain in the band to this day.

Footage of Oz' time in Sfatayim was used in the music video to the Teapacks song "Avodat kapayim" (Manual Labour) in 2016. The song itself tells the story of Oz' involvement in Sfatayim. This is not the first time Oz has used footage from his teenage years in a music video: the song "Elohai" (God), released in 2010, used footage from Oz' Bar Mitzvah as a music video, as well as sampling an old recording of his grandfather singing. The song "Lo haya lano klum" (We Had Nothing) tells the story of the exodus of the Mizrachi Jews from their countries, and the video features Oz' mother Rachel Uzan.

Oz is the author of two books: Petty Hoodlum (2002) and Moshe Chuato and the Raven (1996).[2] He organized a demonstration in 2007 to raise public awareness of the tragedy of his home town, which is constantly under missile attack from the Gaza Strip. About 40,000 people came to Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the inhabitants of Sderot.[3] In 2010, Oz released his second solo album, Mizmorey Nevochim (Psalms for the Perplexed).[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

  • Silonim (Jets), 1988
  • Lispor kvasim (Counting Sheep), 1988
  • D'ma'ot veYam (Ocean and Tears), 2004
  • Mizmorey Nevochim (Psalms for the Perplexed), 2010
  • Mizmorim Nosafim (Some More Psalms), 2011

Bibliography[edit]

  • Moshe Chuvato ve ha-orev (1996)
  • Avaryan tzaatzua (2002)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land, Anton La Guardia, Macmillan, 2003, pg. 249
  2. ^ Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature; accessed 25 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Close Despite the Distance", ynetnews.com; accessed 25 February 2016.

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