Bono and Broza Play for Peace

By Nathan Burstein

Published May 06, 2009, issue of May 08, 2009.
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It’s Bono’s voice and Broza’s strings.

Israeli musician David Broza has joined the elite group of artists that can claim to have backed up U2 frontman Bono, which the Israeli performer does on “Songs Around the World,” a CD released April 28 by the American-based peace organization Playing for Change. Along with musicians from Ghana, India, Ireland and Congo, Bono and Broza perform a cover of Bob Marley’s “War/No More Trouble” on the album, and appear separately in the song’s music video, which is posted on YouTube. Broza filmed his section of the video in Tel Aviv, playing a brief solo on the guitar before scenes featuring his fellow artists. Other contributors lending their talents to the song include violinist Radwin Nizar of Israel’s Arab/Jewish Orchestra and darbuka drum player Ramzi Bishara of Nazareth.

A staple performer at peace concerts in Israel, Broza is best known for his song “Yihyeh Tov” (“It Will Be Good”). A singer as well as a guitarist, he also performed in January at bomb shelters in southern Israel during the country’s 22-day military action in Gaza.


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