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Petah Tikva (1989 – present)

Izabo is an Israeli band from Petah Tikva, formed in 1989. Their musical style is diverse, ranging from indie rock, disco and Middle Eastern music. They represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, with the song “Time”.

Most of the band members are experienced musicians on the Israeli music scene. The lead singer and guitarist, Ran Shem-Tov is a versatile producer, who worked with artists such as Yehudit Ravitz, Anat Damon and Dikla and recorded soundtracks. The other players are successful session musicians.

Izabo’s music has been described as a “Brilliant, action packed combination of Psychadelic Rock, Disco, Punk and Arabic spices”. Featuring high-to-ultra-high vocals, twisting and expressive Arab-flavoured guitar work, powerfully funky basslines, arrogantly catchy keyboards and intense disco beats, Izabo have established themselves as one of Israel’s most absorbing live acts.

Izabo’s debut LP, The Fun Makers, was released late 2003 to great critical acclaim. The songs Morning Hero and Cook Me became significant radio hits in Israel. In the following months Izabo signed on to Sony BMG, which released their British debut, The Morning Hero EP. The release was accompanied by a concert tour which took Izabo to England, Scotland and the Netherlands.

Izabo collaborated with a large variety of artists, on stage and in the studio, from Ahuva Ozeri to “Israel Award” winning choreographer Ohad Naharin.


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  • Vanilla-villa

    I love this band! Great stuff! <3

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • Mantequila

    Taym taym donç let mii daaaavn!

    10 Jan 2014 Reply
  • ewrahiel

    where are you guys? i don't hear a word about you... :(

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • blizzard384

    This was probably the worse gig I have ever seen.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • guruofmusic

    brilliant stuff guys!

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Andjam79

    The flash plugin in my browser has been acting up lately, sometimes slowing down the songs or making it uneven. With Izabo, it doesn't matter! :)

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • incultojurgis

    They favourited my tweet... I'm not even joking.

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MCLaim

    'Time' was the best song on Eurovision. [2]

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • HAWK-666

    no bad

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • busy_scissors

    My favorite as well. Such a shame they didn't make it to the finale.

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • noxsolem

    "Time" was the best song on 1st semi final Eurovision [6]

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • Totenmond

    Maybe if they tried to disguise the hebrew a little. Well, at least this way they can go on their eternal whine about being victimized people. I thought they'd be a sure call for the final but can't deny I laughed when realized they failed. Can't also deny it's rather catchy in a "going insane, get out of my head" way.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • theautumnalkey

    Time is like the most positive song ever, not only in ESC.. me and my classmate still can't get over they didn't make through to finals :\

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • LionH3art

    That woman behind the keyboard stole the show! ;p

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • LionH3art

    So funny performance x)

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • durbanizable

    me hicieron reir ; )

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • 23Daves

    They were robbed! They should easily have got a place in the Eurovision final.

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • ikiru_

    their performance was amazing!

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • Onlygleb

    'Time' was the best song on 1st semifinal Eurovision [4] очень обидно что не прошли!

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • kerf_on_the_ful

    Izabo's Eurovision 1st Semifinal perfomance ROCKED ME

    23 May 2012 Reply
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