Back online!

Back with a brand new website! Unfortunately due to some challenges with moving host, and a great deal going on over the past few months, the Antithesis website has sadly been down recently. Thanks to all of you who brought it to our attention and apologies for the inconvenience.

We took advantage of the move to give the site a redesign and hopefully you will like the more modern, cleaner design and layout – your feedback is welcome!

In addition, a few extra pics have been uploaded and it is now possible to listen to all of Antithesis’s back catalogue instead of selected excerpts.

Stay tuned for more updates in the world of Antithesis….

Antithesis Plays Sittwe Pagoda Festival in Burma (Myanmar)

During a visit to Burma in March I had the pleasure of performing to a crowd of around 20,000 at the Sittwe Pagoda Festival. I took to the stage as part of a big festival featuring some of the biggest names in Burmese music. Having by this time been in the country for a few days, I was able to interact a bit with the crowd in basic Burmese. The atmosphere was electric and the crowd incredible. Apparently I was the first foreigner to perform at such an event in Sittwe; the state capital of Rakhine State. Before the concert, the head monk of the pagoda gave me a Burmese name: Mau Hla Jaw meaning ‘Handsome Famous Younger Brother’. I am not one to refuse a compliment!

Antithesis Live at the Kinneret

One month after making aliyah I had the pleasure of performing at Tzemach beach on the shores of the Kinneret. The crowd was over 1000 teenagers on FZY and Young Judaea summer programmes. Despite the extreme temperatures (around 38C) and high humidity (around 80%), and despite the fact that they had been running around all day competing in a sports competition, they still rocked the Zionist tip something big. Respect!

This is an extract from the official video of the event and comes courtesy of Promo Productions (www.promotv.co.il).

Samuel Green bigs up English reading in Israel – Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/people/45644/samuel-green-bigs-english-reading-israel

By Candice Krieger

The British self-styled Zionist rapper Samuel Green is doing his bit to promote English literacy among Israeli school children.

Last week, Mr Green, aka Antithesis, kicked off a one-month readathon with a performance at the Ma’ale Adumim Mall.

The initiative is being organised by A.H.A.V.A, a non-profit educational institute that provides extra-curricula English classes for Israeli pupils. The former Mazkir of FZY, Mr Green tells People: “”The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start, and English is a big part of that.

“”I loved reading growing up. It broadens the mind and the imagination. It’s an honour to support A.H.A.V.A and this event.”” At the launch, Mr Green performed some of his rap music and read a short story.

The readathon is now in its sixth year.

For one month, children are sponsored to read as many short-story English books as they can. The person who reads the most will receive a prize, donated by basketball club, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem.

Mr Green, who grew up in south London, has released two albums to date.

Student newspaper Varsity named him one of the Top 100 Most Talented Cambridge Students, and the JC included him in its ‘Power 100’ list of those with the most influence over the British Jewish community.

ShalomLife: Zionist rapper Antithesis launches read-a-thon in Israel

By: ASHLEY BAYLEN

http://www.shalomlife.com/eng/14674/article

Antithesis, a rap artist best known for the Jewish and Zionist themes in his music, plans to launch a one-month English literacy event at Maaleh Adumin Mall in Israel this afternoon.

The rapper kicks off the event by performing live in the Maaleh Adumim Mall at 5pm. Additionally, he will read a short story to the kids attending. The goal of his initiative is to raise funds for A.H.A.V.A, a non-profit educational institute that provides extra-curricular English language classes for Israeli children.

Antithesis, aka Samuel Green, was born in Kingston, London in the UK. He has released two successful albums, and performs his original music around the world. Antithesis was named one of the top 100 influential Jews in the UK due to his thought provoking lyrics.

Antithesis believed it essential to attach his name to A.H.A.V.A. Less than half of all eligible 12th grade students in Israel attempt the English matriculation exam, with a surprising 45% that can’t matriculate at all.

“The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start and English is a big part of that. I loved reading growing up, it broadens the mind and the imagination. It’s an honor to support A.H.A.V.A. and this event.”, Anithesis says.

The A.H.A.V.A read-a-thon is in its 6th year, and hopes to attract hundreds of local school children and families. Children are sponsored to read as many English books as possible over the course of the month. On April 4th, the event will officially come to a close with a community party and Award Ceremony.

A.H.A.V.A was founded in 2000 by Galia Cohen Morrison, an English teacher and mother of five, who was determined to provide an affordable extra-curricular English tuition to Israel’s children.

“We are delighted Antithesis has agreed to launch this year’s annual read-a-thon, it is very exciting for local children. Last year saw hundreds of children take part. We are expecting this year’s event to attract even more families.” Morrison explains.

The read-a-thon is being sponsored this year by Bank Yahav, Aroma, Steimatsky, Reemax, Maaleh Adumim Municipality, Janis Design, Nof HaYarden Hall, Kanyon Adumim and Kol Gina Pnina.

Ynet: UK rapper launches read-a-thon in Israel

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4027119,00.html

Antithesis, rap artist renowned for Zionist and Jewish themes of his music, to kick-off one-month English literacy event at Maaleh Adumim Mall

Antithesis, a rap artist renowned for the Zionist and Jewish themes of his music, will be performing live in the Maaleh Adumim Mall on Thursday, February 17, at 5 pm, to kick-off a one-month read-a-thon for A.H.A.V.A., a non-profit educational institute that provides extra-curricular English-language classes for Israeli children.

A.H.A.V.A. is a non-profit organization in Israel dedicated to promoting English literacy for children.

Antithesis, also known as Samuel Green, hails from Kingston, London in the UK. He has released two albums to date which have sold in their thousands, and continues to perform all over the world. Because of his celebrity and thought provoking music, Antithesis has also been named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the UK Jewish community.

At the event, Antithesis will perform some of his rap music and officially launch the Read-a-thon by reading a short story to all the children present.

Antithesis said: “The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start and English is a big part of that. I loved reading growing up, it broadens the mind and the imagination. It’s an honor to support A.H.A.V.A. and this event.”

Less than half of all eligible 12th graders in Israel even attempt the English matriculation exam and just over 45% matriculate at all.

‘Very exciting for local children’

The A.H.A.V.A. read-a-thon is now in its sixth year and is hoping to attract hundreds of local school children and families to take part. Children are sponsored to read as many English books as they can over the course of a month, culminating with a community party and Award Ceremony to be held this year on April 4.

This year, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Basketball Club will be donating one of a number of prizes for children who manage to read the most books.

A.H.A.V.A. was founded in 2000 by Gaila Cohen Morrison, an experienced English teacher and mother of five, who was determined to provide affordable extra-curricula English tuition to Israeli children. All of the seminars and curricula are based on Cohen Morrison’s nearly 30 years of experience in the field, having taught over 2,000 students and dozens of educators.

A.H.A.V.A. Director Gaila Cohen Morrison said, “We are delighted Antithesis has agreed to launch this year’s annual read-a-thon, it is very exciting for local children. Last year saw hundreds of children take part. We are expecting this year’s event to attract even more families.”

The read-a-thon is being sponsored this year by Bank Yahav, Aroma, Steimatsky, Reemax, Maaaleh Adumim Municipality, Janis Design, Reemax, Nof HaYarden Hall, Kanyon Adumim and Kol Gina Pnina.

Haaretz: ANTITHESIS’ THESIS

From Rank and File by Raphael Aren

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/rank-and-file-1.324259

Samuel Green – a London-born rapper better know as Antithesis – is scheduled to perform in Ma’ale Adumim Mall next Thursday to kick-off a one-month read-a-thon benefiting A.H.A.V.A., a nonprofit providing extra-curricular English classes for Israeli children.

“”The world is more competitive than ever so it’s important that Israeli kids have the opportunity to get off to a good start, and English is a big part of that,”” said Antithesis, who moved to Tel Aviv last year and whose lyrics mostly deal with Zionist topics.

Now in its sixth year, the A.H.A.V.A. read-a-thon annually attracts hundreds of local school children. Students are sponsored to read as many English books as they can over the course of a month, culminating with a community party and award ceremony to be held on April 4. “”Kids who read just 20 minutes a day are in the top 10 percent of language students. English literacy is so important for our children and so we hope that the read-a-thon inspires them to get reading on a permanent basis,”” said A.H.A.V.A. director Gaila Cohen Morrison, a mother of five who founded the organization 11 years ago.