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!
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).
Extract from Antithesis’s session at Limmud Conference 2009, held at Warwick University, where he performs extracts from his song ‘Looking for Home’ acapella
Extract from Antithesis’s session at Limmud Conference 2009, at Warwick University, in which he explains the story behind his song Ima Mechaka Babayit (Mother is Waiting at Home) about the Israeli MIAs.
Extract from Antithesis’s session at Limmud Conference 2009, held at Warwick University, where he performs extracts from his song ‘Just Peace’ acapella
‘Lost’ footage of Antithesis laying down Just Peace back in 2003