Guess what! Not everyone’s finding the Delhi summer torturous. Popular Israeli-American musician David Broza is loving it! "Coming from the Middle East, I’m used to performing at even 50 degrees in shade, so this is cool with me," he says.
Known for urban folk-rock, Broza, 56, performed in Delhi earlier this week, and loved the city’s energy. He is now kicked about sampling Indian food. "I’m here with my wife, Nili Lotan (an Israeli-American fashion designer from New York whom he got married to last September) and we will be visiting some places around," says Broza, who will also travel to Jaipur during his stay in India.
The popular singer, songwriter and guitarist that he is now, was preparing to be a graphic artist as a kid. "The journey can be unexpected sometimes. To earn extra money, I began playing the guitar, and then writing songs with an Israeli artist. And so, the shift happened," he says.
In over 30 years of his music career, Broza has released over 33 albums, many of which became gold, platinum, and multi-platinum. "Like a true troubadour, I’m a story-teller. I use poems to inspire the passionately desperate. Some are about love and falling out of love, while some deal with war and pain," he says.
His most recent album, All or Nothing, was all Hebrew, and his next will be in English. He also sings in Spanish, and has had concerts across the globe. What about an India concert? "I’ll return to India soon for a concert. It’ll be great to sing in Hindi too in my act, but only with understanding of the language," says Broza, who’s also up for collaborations here.
Apart from making music, the musician also does his bit for humanitarian causes. His song, Together, was the theme song for UNICEF’s 50th anniversary celebration in more than 148 countries.
Broza’s grandfather, Wellesley Aron, co-founded the Arab-Israeli peace settlement, Neve Shalom - Wahat as-Salam and the Habonim youth movement. Broza uses his music to promote peace between the nations. "My grandfather taught me that peace doesn’t come from political agreements, it comes from education, conditioning and goodwill of people…," he concludes.
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