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Interview with Sheya Mendleovitz
September 7, 2003

Srully (Yisroel) Williger
MaTov
2003 Sameach Records



Jewish Community Radio: Any album or CD in the past 25 years in Jewish music that has your stamp of approval as a Sheya Mendelowitz production, youíre assured of a quality produced album and I think thatís what these singers out that that youíve done in the past would say. I know youíve done Piamenta, the London Boys Choir, etc. Give us a little bit about how you got together with Srully this time.

Sheya Mendelowitz: Iíve known Srully for quite a while. Actually I met him years ago in about 1981. I did a concert together with Mordechai Ben David. Yigal Saul came in actually he had auditions. But then I met him on different things. He did a very successful album with Yerachmiel Begun and HaKodosh Baruch Hu put the two of us together about a year ago and it was a wonderful, wonderful experience until now, kina hara, he is a professional and when youíll hear the album, you'll see what I mean.

Jewish Community Radio It seems to me that thereís been a tons of this style of music has been very prolific in recent years. Maybe you could kind of define what kind of music this is.

Sheya Mendelowitz: The truth is, yes, there has been a lot of albums that have come out on the market. From well known artists to people who are trying to come out on the scene. This album we took a totally different turn from what has been coming out until now. After youíll hear, imeretz Hashem, the album, every song we chose for this album is keeping or putting the Jewish back into Jewish music. Because it has taken a turn, Jewish music, in trying to copy the secular market. I personally, in my humble opinion, felt that that was a wrong turn where Jewish music has been going and I believe if I wanted to hear that type of music Iíll go to the source because they know how to do it the best. Thatís not what Jewish music is about.
This, kina hara, just from the reviews and the responses, the emails, the phone calls what not, weíve had a really tremendous response. People say, you know, it reminds us of the olden days but with a contemporary sound, a professional sound. This has been a gift from upstairs that Hashem gave us that weíre bringing now to the audience. It's soothing and refreshing. People always say, what is that new thing youĎre going to us, for marketing your album. And Iím saying, weíre going back to the make it like what it once ways. Actually it has no rock and roll on it at all, nothing like that. I donít claim to know it all. I depend on the response. So Iím really curious to see what people think.



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