Shabak Samech

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Shabak Samech
Shabak Samech during a performance in Be'er Sheva, March 2010
Shabak Samech during a performance in Be'er Sheva, March 2010
Background information
OriginYavne, Israel[1]
GenresPunk rock, Gangsta rap, Rap metal
Years active1992–2000, 2007–present
LabelsNMC
MembersMuki D.
Nimi Nim
Miro
Fuck A
Plompy B.
Piloni
James
Davidi
Past membersAlbert
Assaf B.

Shabak Samech (Hebrew: שבק"ס,שב"ק סמך) (aka Shabak S) is one of the first recognized hip-hop groups to come out of Israel.[2][3] Their sound is primarily hip-hop, but it includes elements of rapcore, dancehall, ska, and funk.[4] Their sound has been compared to the Beastie Boys,[5] Ugly Duckling, Rage Against the Machine, Bionic Jive, Body Count, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Cliff, Elephant Man, and more. The group had two and three vocalists (Fuck A and Miro being replaced by Nimi Nim for their second album, Be'atifa shel Mamatak), two guitarists, a drummer and a bassist. The group continued to distinguish itself from the rest of the hip-hop acts in Israel as the scene continued to grow with a unique sound and minimal reliance on beats and samples.

The word Shabak as it is written in Hebrew (שבק) is a misspelling of the Hebrew acronym for the Internal General Security Service of Israel.

Timeline[edit]

  • 1992 – Shabak Samech original members (Plompy, Mook D., Fuck A, Miro, Assaf B. and Albert) form the band, then called "FFM" ("Floating Fat-Man")
  • 1993 – Assaf B. leaves and is replaced with Piloni. Davidi joins as bassist, replacing Mook E. (who was playing bass at the time). The name is changed to "Shabak Samech".
  • 1994 – Mook D. returns as vocalist, and James joins as drummer, replacing Albert.
  • 1995 – First album,[2] Shabak 7, is recorded in January. First radio airplay is in July, 1995 ("Shin Business" from Shabak 7). The album goes out for sale in September.
  • 1996 – Miro leaves and is replaced by Nimi Nim.
  • 1997 – Fuck A leaves. The second album, Be'atifa shel Mamatak, is released in August.
  • 1998 – Live album released. Nimi Nim leaves late in the year.
  • 1999 – Miro and Fuck A return. The band records C'naan 2000.
  • 2000 – C'naan 2000 is released.
  • 2000 – Shabak Samech disbands. Mook D. goes on to pursue a reggae/rap solo career as Muki.
  • 2003 – Mook D. and Piloni start a record label, Shabak Music.[6]
  • 2007 – Shabak Samech reunite and have a reunion concert. They began a small tour soon after. The fourth studio album, Boom carnival is released in 2008
  • 2012 – Shabak 5th Album, Parra Parra, is released on 1 September.

Band members[edit]

Shabak Samech during a performance in Beer Sheva, March 2010

Current members[edit]

  • Nimi Nim aka Nimrod Reshef – vocals (1996–1998, 2007–present)
  • Miro aka Amir Yeruham – frontman/vocals (1992–1996, 1999–2000, 2007–present)
  • Fuck A aka Chemi aka Kfir Artzi – vocals (1992–1997, 1999–2000, 2007–present)
  • Plompy B. aka Amir Besser – guitars (1992–2000, 2007–present)
  • Piloni ("Little Elephant") aka Dani Kark – guitars (1993–2000, 2007–present)
  • Davidi aka Master David aka David Muskatel – bass (1993–2000, 2007–present)
  • James aka Gal Sivan - Drums (1995 - present)[1]

Former members[edit]

  • Albert – drums (1992–1994)
  • Assaf B. – guitars (1992–1993)
  • Mook D. aka Danny Niv- vocals, bass (1992-2000, 2007-2010)

Discography[edit]

  • Shabak – 1995
  • Be'atifa shel Mamtak (trans: In A Candy Wrapper) – 1997
  • Shabak Behofa'a (live album) – 1998
  • C'naan 2000 – 2000
  • Boom Carnaval – 2008
  • Parra Parra – 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allegra Panett. "Beat the Rap". Columbia Magazine.
  2. ^ a b "How an Obese Comedian and his Band of Misfits Revived Israeli Rap". Tablet Magazine. November 12, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Hadari/Shomrim, Ze’ela Kotler (January 11, 2021). "'Black children should be educated, not arrested'". The Forward. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Hadari/Shomrim, Ze’ela Kotler (January 11, 2021). "'Black children should be educated, not arrested'". The Forward. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  5. ^ Ungerleider, Neal (August 18, 2006). "Who's who in the Middle East rap game". Slate Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "shabakmusic.co.il". shabakmusic.co.il. Archived from the original on 2005-02-10.

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