Yet now we’re in the midst of arguably the most politically turbulent time in decades, it's clear that most high-profile musicians are deciding not to use their platform for activism. But there’s one artist whose quest for peace has remained steadfast since his first hit, Yihye Tov ("Things will be Better"), was released in 1977.
David Broza is Israel’s finest export, a man whose commitment to the Middle Eastern peace process and versatile musicianship has earned him a unique reputation as the bona-fide superstar of campaigning songwriting. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his name has yet to make an impact in Britain – in large part because he’s never performed here. Until now.
Broza first appeared at Mayfair’s exclusive The Bar at Momo for an intimate acoustic gig. His songs pull in strong influences, including Spanish and traditional Hebrew music (reflecting where he grew up), and demonstrate his sheer technical ability; but his use of American jazz influences has earned him the moniker ‘the Israeli Bruce Springsteen’. Also featuring in the set are members of G-Force, a rap group hailing from the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, where 70,000 stateless citizens, mainly Palestinian, have remained in limbo since the Six Day War of 1967 – a cause for which Broza has shown particular passion.
If you want your live music to come with a hefty side of political engagement, the wonder years are not yet over. On 27 April, Broza will be playing a second gig, at the architectural treasure that is the Union Chapel, Islington. Tickets are £40 plus booking fee, including access to the bar and café.
|What||David Broza at Union Chapel|
|Where||Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2XD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Highbury & Islington (underground)|
On 27 Apr 17, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
|Website||Tickets and information here|