Hedva Amrani and Pilpel Lavan – Belev echad (ESC Israeli NF 1978)

Hi,

As the ESC 2014 NF season is over and just before I give my opinions regarding this year’s entries, there’s a NF song that should be remembered in this blog: the ethnic disco piece “Belev echad” (translated as “In one heart”) sung by famed singer Hedva Amrani and a vocal quartet known as Pilpel Lavan (one of its members having also become a known israeli singer in the 70’s and 80’s: Chaim Zadok)

Before moving on with the song, a general summary of the preselection: known as “Israeli Song Festival 1978” (remembering that this wasn’t yet the “KDAM” that became the israeli NF for ESC in 1981 onwards), 12 entries fought their way to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978. Presented by famed presenter (and apparently part of the israeli ESC delegation at the time as she once voiced her critics concerning the 1978 edition’s songs)Rivka Michaeli, the chosen one to represent Israel in ESC 1978, by the votes of the regional juries, was Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta‘s with the disco entry “A-ba-ni-bi”. TRIVIA: they were only crowned the winners after a tie in the general results – by the time the normal voting conclued, they had the same number of points (66). It all came to a revote only for both songs, thus why Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta’s won

Now, moving on the opinion of the song in question: there’s only one word that serves as an adjective this entry – masterpiece. Everything comes together in a perfect symbiosis: from the distinctive fusion of israeli ethnic music with the ever growing disco sound to its empowering lyrics about peace, from its harmonious display of well organized voices to its anthemic arrangements and finally the unified performance they made in the Israeli Song Festival 1978… all in all, there aren’t many songs I feel such perfection in the way it was constructed – this is one of those songs I feel that same perfection. Had this been Israel’s entry for ESC 1978, I believe this would have also been a big contender for the win (if not a win, then a certain top-5)

Here are the lyrics of the song:

Lo eshan balaila, lo etz’chak bayom
Lakochav lemala lo omar shalom

Tze’irah odeni, levadi hineni
Umi yechabkeni, laila vegam yom
Im ani nirdemet, ve’einai otzemet
Az oto ben chemed, ba elai halom

(Aahh…)

Salaam aleikum, bo tagid shalom
Bo tagid shalom

Salaam aleikum, bo tagid shalom
Bo tagid shalom

Kach yadi veten li yad, venashir belev echad
Salaam aleikum, venomar shalom
Venomar shalom

Kach yadi veten li yad, venashir belev echad
Salaam aleikum, venomar shalom
Venomar shalom

Eize na’ar pele, pere shel adam
Bachurim ka’ele, hem lo bnei adam

Boker mish’tachetz hu, laila letz ben letz hu
Shech’var yit’potzetz hu, ve’alav salaam
Eich hu ba eleinu, eich oved aleinu
Hop, hu kvar eineno, melech ha’olam

(Aahh…)

Salaam aleikum, bo tagid shalom
Bo tagid shalom

Salaam aleikum, bo tagid shalom
Bo tagid shalom

Kach yadi veten li yad, venashir belev echad
Salaam aleikum, venomar shalom
Venomar shalom

Kach yadi veten li yad, venashir belev echad
Salaam aleikum, venomar shalom
Venomar shalom

(Aahh…)

Salaam aleikum, bo tagid shalom
Bo tagid shalom

Salaam aleikum, bo tagid shalom
Bo tagid shalom

Kach yadi veten li yad, venashir belev echad
Salaam aleikum, venomar shalom
Venomar shalom

Kach yadi veten li yad, venashir belev echad
Salaam aleikum, venomar shalom
Venomar shalom

Shalom

Hedva Amrani herself would still try to go to ESC two more times back in 1979 (“Shnenyu yadad”, 3rd out of 12) and 1981 (“Bo elay”, 9th out of 12). However, there has been a long standing rumour that, due to a change of the nationality rule in the Israeli ESC NF (KDAM), Hedva couldn’t try to represent Israel in ESC ever. If it’s true, we’ll never know

Last treat – a turkish cover 0f the song sung by Seyyal Taner (ESC 1987, Turkey,” , sung together with Grup Lokomotif):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

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Posted on 29 de March de 2014, in Eurovision Song Contest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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