In a tiny town in Israel, somewhere between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, one big happy family is singing their hearts out to Queen… and they're doing a really good job!
Meet Kol haMishpaha: the band. That's father Bam on guitars and keys, and mom Idith on bass guitar and violin. Shani, 28, took the drums and keys; Noa, 25, is on keys; Rinat, 20, is on violin; and Yarden, 18, is on guitar. Everybody sings.
"It all started in the early '80s when Idith and [Bam] met for the first time," Noa tells the Good News blog. "They were both students at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), but shared a big passion for music. Bam was a rock n' roll kid, Idith was a classical violinist. One day at a party, to win Idith's heart, Bam played and sang Queen's love song 'You Take My Breath Away' and it worked."
Noa says music has always been a part of the family routine, and growing up, each Friday night, the household would sing a capella around the Shabat table. In 2004, their artistic pastime became something more when the clan realized they had talent and started performing.
Kol haMishpaha began their stage shows playing a Beatles tribute concert, but have mixed in a handful of cultural varieties to their sound over the years. Their latest anthem, a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love," has gained traction on the Internet, and includes a unique music video where the gang completely rocks out in their kitchen of all places.
It's one song from a larger homage to the famed British rock band, which Kol haMishpaha has been preparing for months.
"The whole Queen tribute is very special for Kol haMishpaha, because, besides bringing the parents together, it's the most influential band for our family as a whole, as well as for each one of us individually," Noa comments. "On the video clip for 'Somebody to Love' we are showing the story of a young girl, who is lost and lonely, but in the end she finds the only place where she'll never be alone and always be loved - with her family."
While Kol haMishpaha doesn't typically record in the kitchen (it was just for show!), Noa does emphasize that the style and feel of the video is meant to replicate the sentiment they share with each other. He says the main goal is to have fun, and that despite their differing ages and life paths, music will always bring them together.
Noa adds, "One thing is sure - each Saturday, we all gather in the music room and make music together."
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