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Jews win band battle

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-02-22


Emunah - Photo: Claude Schneider

A Jewish group has won a Cambridge Battle of the Bands contest seeing off 30 other contenders to take the title and a prize which offers a recording session at a professional studio.

Emunah, who have already released two CDs and built up a cult following for their brand of urban beats mixed with Jewish themes were excitied at coming first.

"This is what Emunah are all about - bringing Jewish music to a non-Jewish crowd and getting people into it. It's a great buzz seeing 300 people grooving to a Carlebach niggun," said Emunah MC Daniel Silverstein.

Emunah, who feature of the best selling Jewish music compilation Celebrate Hip Hop also helped raise £1000 for a local Cambridge charity.

Judge Andy Cross said:

"I didn't come here expecting to hear something that I've never heard before, but Emunah don't sound like anything I've ever heard before."

With this win under their belt Emunah are making plans. "We are perfecting about 5 new songs, looking to do bigger and bigger gigs, playing festivals in the summer and getting on the London circuit," Daniel added. "Hopefully we will also attract some serious record company interest."

As well as Daniel, the band consists of Darren Turze (guitar, programming) , Vikki Evdokimenko (vocals), Ollie Shah (drums), Marc Specter (bass) and Theo Bard (violin, percussion).

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