This summer, David Broza will play his 25th annual sunrise concert at Masada, a tradition that has attracted large crowds and music giants from around the world.
In the 40 years since he penned the anthem “Yihye Tov” (“It’ll Be Alright”) with poet Yehonatan Geffen, Broza has become one of Israel’s most enduring and popular musicians.
On May 1, Broza will be interviewed in English about his multi-platinum, globetrotting career, by The Times of Israel’s editor David Horovitz.
Broza tours constantly and has played with some of the world’s best-known musicians including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Van Morrison. In Israel, he is renowned for dropping into hospitals, schools and bomb shelters to help lift morale with his music during times of war and stress.
“I try to make a difference for others as I entertain and I play in some impossible situations. It could be by a bedside in a hospital. It could be in a war zone. It could be some bereaved people, parents and friends,” Broza says.
During the discussion, co-hosted by Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem, Horovitz will also ask about Broza’s musical childhood in Tel Aviv. Broza’s mother, Sharona Aron, was one of Israel’s first woman folk singers, and their home was a magnet for visiting musicians arriving to perform in Israel in the 1960s like The Platters, Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger.
“I still live in the same house where my parents lived,” Broza says. “To me that room is still filled with music. Now it’s my turn to fill it and then my kids’ turn.”
Broza will also speak about his grandfather Wellesley Aron, the founder of the Habonim youth movement in London, and his time in Britain and Spain where he learned the riffs and rhythms of flamenco guitar.
“I don’t mean to fix the world and I don’t think I’m going to change the world at all. I’m going to change my world and this is what makes me happy,” Broza says.
I’m going to change my world and this is what makes me happy
“I started my career just by playing love songs. I still play love songs but it’s those places where I play those love songs that make a difference for me,” he says.
In 2015, Broza released “East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem,” an album of songs written and performed with a mixed group of Israeli and Palestinian artists. It’s the culmination of more than 20 years of regular visits to East Jerusalem, where he has been exploring the power of music to bring people together.
“I don’t make political statements but I’m a peace activist,” says Broza. “I have been for the 40 years of my career and before that as a kid.”
“Especially in the last 20 years my main forum of activity outside of the stage has been trying to bring Israelis and Palestinians together, working together, and through music finding some common ground,” he says.
“I think music puts us under the right umbrella and in the right place where we can express human caring and empathy and love. When you play music, you have to play in harmony.
“It’s given me the opportunity to bring in children from the age of 5 to 15 from the refugee camp not far away where we can work together and teach them music and get them off the streets,” Broza says.
Join us on May 1 to meet David Broza, one of Israel’s living legends.
David Broza in conversation with David Horovitz
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1
Beit Avi Chai
44 King George St.
Tickets NIS 40, HERE
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