Lenny Kravitz, the rocker/songwriter/producer/fashion designer, is set to play Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on October 6.
He is joining a string of other international superstars — including Madonna, J. Lo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Morrissey, and former members of The Doors — who are stopping in Israel’s white city as part of their international tours this summer.
“This summer’s really gonna rock,” exclaimed Tel Aviv resident Dan Breslaw, an avid concert-goer. There are a number of indie acts that Breslaw and his friends are excited about this summer, including Tortoise, Jon Scofield, The Mars Volta, The Afghan Whigs, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre (grungy composers of the theme to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire).
The tickets cost NIS 360 ($100).
Kravitz’s performance is part of his “Black and White in America” tour, named after his latest album, which refers to his mixed identity as a half-Jewish, half-black man growing up in New York City.
Kravitz’s mother, actress Roxie Roker of the hit show “The Jeffersons,” was of Bahamian and African-American descent, and his father, Sy Kravitz, was a Jewish NBC television news producer and later became a jazz promoter. His parents were together during the 1960s — at a time when interracial couples were rare and the civil rights movement was at its peak.
The singer has often explored his dual-race background. He is reported to be working on a new album, “Negrophilia,” a reference to the French term negrophilie (which literally translates into “love of the negro”) that was used to describe artists’ passion for black culture in Paris in the 1920s.
Spirituality was also an important part of Kravitz’s growth, the singer said during an interview with NPR. He said he was shaped by his mixed-faith identity. Like fellow rocker Madonna, he is reported to be a student of Kabbala. Kravitz co-wrote and produced one of Madonna’s earliest hits, “Justify my love.”