03.03.2011 27.Adar l, 5771
From funk and soul to blues and rock, the Groove Festival at Hangar 11 celebrates the release of "Mediterranean Grooves and Raw Sounds."
Looking at Yoram Arbel, you wouldn’t think he had a funky bone in his body.
That is, unless you were aware that as a young man in 1971 – before he launched his career as one of Israel’s preeminent sportscasters and TV personalities – the clean-cut, erudite Arbel recorded an album Well You’re Here that included the hit song ”I Paint the Leaves Green.”
“To this day, that’s the funkiest song that Israel has ever produced,” said Erez Toders, DJ for The Apples, who are no slouches themselves when it comes to rhythmic, horn-driven groove music. The song’s bouncy beat and brassy embellishments fit right into the bell-bottomed bohemia unleashed by the youth counter-culture that seeped into the country in the early 1970s from the West. And it’s remained a musical benchmark of a more innocent time, with admirers like Hadag Nahash even adapting the tune to its hip-hop habitat….