Israeli Accordianist Neta Weiner is still squeezing by

The epithet oxymoronic came to mind when I met Neta Weiner in Tel Aviv last week. Here was this highly personable, even genial, young man who just oozes bonhomie. He came over as thoughtful and intelligent, and with a propensity for lighting up his vicinity with 200 watt smiles.

But on the stage you get quite a different aspect of the Weiner take on life.

Weiner is a 29-year-old accordionist and vocalist who first came to notice with multiethnic hip-hop band System Ali. Now he is bringing out his own debut album called Bezechut Hashiva (With the Right of Return) which will have its official launch at the Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv this evening (9:30 p.m.).


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