There isn’t a Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv this year due to the coronavirus, but the city is celebrating Pride Week with an official song, “Habib Albi” (Arabic for “Love of my Heart”), commissioned for the event.
The song is performed in Hebrew, English and Arabic by the colorful duo Static and Ben El Tavori, together with Nasreen Qadri and produced by Yarden Jordi Peleg.
Qadri, a Muslim convert to Judaism who sings in Hebrew and some Arabic, offers a more sultry, feminine foil to Static and Ben El Tavori’s boyish antics throughout the song, while the glamour and beat is weighted by the visages and presence of some of Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ icons, including actor Shefi Marziano, drag queen Genderika and model Stav Strashko.
It’s a single that blends Israel’s many musical worlds, including the strum of Arab hafla, Latin beats and the rhythms of hip-hop, with locations that include Tel Aviv’s light rail construction sites, the recently renovated Bloomfield Stadium and the new Yehudit pedestrian bridge over the Ayalon Highway.
"וואלה יש לי פרייד – חינוך שקיבלתי בבית"???? פרוייקט מטורף! למלא את בלומפילד לבד זה לא פשוט. חוויה !! ???????? @tom_saimon