Boaz Sharabi -Ramat Gan, Israel, August 2008Israeli superstar Boaz Sharabi electrified a crowd of approximately 1500 people during an outdoor concert near the Ramat Gan diamond exchange. The weather was clear and temperate and all looked forward to a great show. Boaz did not disappoint.
Boaz burst onto the Israeli popular music scene in 1971 with his smash hit Pamela. He opened this concert with his hit "Checha v'chai'i" (Your Life and Mine). He chatted freely with the audience throughout and at one point invited the crowd to join him in dance during a traditional Yemenite number. Boaz performed the title tune from his 1997 "C'she At Nogaat Bi" (When you Touch Me) album as well as the monster hit "Heyeh Chazak" (Be Strong) from the same album. He brought the greatest excitement amongst the large number of youth in the crowd with his "Im At Adein Ohevet Oti" (If you Still Love Me), which was named the Israeli song of the year in 2007.
Despite the generally upbeat mood of the evening Boaz spoke about the need to free Israeli Gilad Schalit, held hostage by the terror group Hamas. Also, in a touching mid concert break he spoke fondly of the Mayor of Ramat Gan who briefly joined him on stage. For this evening Ramat Gan was at the center of Israeli culture, where it often takes a back seat to neighboring Tel Aviv. At evening's close, Boaz harkened back to his youth by performing his first hit "Pamela" and the 1980's smash "Latet" (To Give) as encores. The informal reviews of the concertgoers were uniformly positive about the magnificent evening show.
Boaz Sharabi performing in Ramat Gan.