Shalva Band

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"Shalva Band" (Hebrew: "להקת שלווה") is a musical band of eight musicians, all of them live with some degree of disability. The group was formed at the SHALVA organization, that supports and empowers individuals with disabilities and their families in Israel.

The band has performed on several occasions in Israel and around the world, including conferences, cultural events, and on ceremonies at the official residence of the President of Israel.

The band cooperated with leading musicians from Israel, like: Shlomi Shabat, Avraham Fried, Moshe Peretz, Eyal Golan, David Broza, Idan Amedi.

The band gained popular interest while it competed Rising Star to the Eurovision 2019, which is a reality show of the musical genre, that selects the Israeli representative to the Eurovision. The band reached the final 4 stage of the show. When the band was announced that they will be required to disobey Shabbat observance during rehearsals to the Eurovision 2019 – they decided to respect the beliefs of some of the members and to quit their candidacy to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019[1]. Eventually the band was invited to perform at the Interval act of the 2nd semi-final – without violating the beliefs of any member of the band. The band performed with the song "Million Dreams".

Days before performing at the Eurovision, the band has also performed at the Torch-lighting Ceremony that opens the celebrations of Israel's Independence Day.

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  1. ^ MARCY OSTER, [https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-shalva-band-wanted-to-represent-israel-at-eurovision-shabbat-got-in-the-way/ The Shalva band chooses Shabbat over representing Israel at Eurovision], The Times of Israel, 6 February 2019

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