28 May 1947 (age 70)
Boaz Sharabi (Hebrew: בועז שרעבי; born 1947) is an iconic Israeli singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, crooner, pianist, poet, actor, tenor, director, film producer, impresario, chazan and lyricist, well-known for such integral Israeli classics as Latet, Halavai, At Li Laila, Pamela, Lashir Itach, Kol Od, Mi Yada Shekach Yiyeh, K'Shaveto, Im Et Adain Ohevet Oti and Etzli Hakol Beseder. His songs take a major part in Israeli Culture.
His career is spanned over more than 40 years, and was at its peak during the late 1980s. Most of his songs are acoustic rock, andalusian chords, soul music and ethnic type songs, blended with Israeli Folk, Judeo-Yemenite and Pop overtones. He also sings classical music in Hebrew and is an internationally acclaimed pianist. He also recites the poems of Shalom Shabazi as part of his work on past albums.
Boaz Sharabi was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and grew up in a family of artists. His brother Yoel Sharabi is a popular Hasidic and Yemenite entertainer for Jewish communities abroad, Baruch Sharabi was a choreographer tapdancer in Israel and Zion Sharabi a songwriter.
He composed the music for a film and appeared onscreen in the movies Beyond the Walls and Beyond the Walls 2. He held a close working relationship with lyricist and poet Ehud Manor, and composer/singer Matti Caspi, and with other leading Israeli singers, such as Itzak Perlman, Shoshana Damari, Shlomo Artzi, Ehud Banai, David Broza, Yehoram Gaon, Zohar Argov, Barbara Streisand, Shlomi Shabat, Ninet Tayeb, Eyal Golan and Subliminal among many others.
Sharabi sold over 2 million records and remains very popular in Israel, where he has had over 30 number one hits in the charts, and abroad, mostly across the Middle-East, mainly in Lebanon and Turkey.
After a long hiatus, Sharabi released his new album called Linshom (To Breathe) 2007, which is the first without Ehud Manor's input. The song Im At Adayin Ohevet Oti (If you still love me) was named song of the year for 2007 by the Israeli Public, via Galgalatz radio and Yediot Achronot daily paper.
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