t’s amazing how lightly some people carry heavy things. When Israeli singer-songwriter Noa dances barefoot on stage, fl congas to trade whacks with the band, it seems as if she hasn’t
But she’s all care.
During a phone interview last week, Noa paced her seaside Tel month-old daughter, Yum, which means “sea” in Hebrew.
She called parenthood “a beautiful separation from self.”
“You’re one small part of a long and beautiful chain,” she said. “Y patience, your energy to another human being.”
Far from wearing her out, she said, it’s made her want to work h “It’s made me much more committed to — it’s horribly clich' — b
At 39, Noa, or Achinoam Nini, is not wellknown in the United Sta much of the Middle East for 20 years, and the go-to gal when so having a jubilee or putting on a save-the-world concert.
She has performed with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Andrea with special significance, message of peace Palestinian-Israeli
It sometimes seems as if Israelis and Palestinians will never find promoting the idea. They intensified a decade-long, on-and-off collaboration when their signature song, “T
millions of listeners as Israel’s entry in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
Noa doesn’t have illusions about art’s ability to promote peace. Art, she said, is only part of a system — “p shape.
But music can prepare the ground, she said.
“Your mind and your heart are wide open, and it’s much easier for you to reach out to whoever is out ther
When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian tensions, Noa’s music and humanitarian work looks for common organization of parents who have lost children to the conflict, is among Noa’s most cherished humanitaria
“These are parents who, rather than cultivating hatred and vengeance, cultivate friendship and coexistenc
The lyrics to “There Must Be Another Way” put it this way: “When I cry, I cry for both of us. My pain has no
“We can mourn together,” Noa said. “If we can do that, we can also overcome our deepest fears and barr
But Noa’s upbeat concerts with Awad aren’t manifestoes. The words “Israel,” “Palestine,” “Arab” and “Jew “Our messages are universal,” she said. “I don’t write political songs. I believe in stripping things down to
Among her guiding lights in this respect are singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and acerbic genius Leon
“I never really liked the music of my generation, to tell you the truth,” she said. “I always liked the music of
Noa was born in Israel, but when she was 4, her father got a job as a professor and took the family to Bro grandparents came from Yemen.
For Noa, it was like growing up in two worlds.
“Outside it was the Bronx, but inside it was like Yemen or Israel, with pillows on the floor and my mother c Hebrew and Yemeni,” she said.
Traditional musical forms of Israel and Yemen often work their way into Noa’s multi-lingual, folk-pop soun
At 11, her life took a decisive turn when her uncle took her to see Cohen at Carnegie Hall.
“There were clouds of marijuana everywhere,” she said. “I saw this amazing man, all by himself on guitar,
Noa is always singing for world peace at a heavy venue like the White House, the Vatican or the Colosse intimacy of a folk singer.
“I’m blessed with a total lack of stage fright,” she said. “I feel very natural, and just close my eyes and sing Noa with Mira Awad 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall $35 (800) WHARTON wwwwhartoncenter