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Based in the stereophonic heart of Brooklyn, world music maestro Diwon (aka Erez Safar) is one of the most innovative and versatile Producers and DJs performing and recording music today. Diwon’s beats are strongly influenced by the musical traditions of his mother’s family, whose roots lie in Yemen. He blends Yemenite music with electro hip-hop and cinematic psychadelia, and draws inspiration from the Middle Eastern musical canon.
A prolific producer,
Diwon releases a clutch of albums every year. The last twelve months has seen The Beat Guide to Yiddish, the quirky Rarities & Remixes and the hour-long meditation Shir Ha Shirim (The Song of Songs), mixing heartfelt Moroccan song with hypnotic hip-hop, rock, and Middle Eastern beats.
Diwon is currently completing his soaring, cinematic album Serene Poetic, with guitarist Dugans, as Dreams in Static, while working on the revolutionary hip hop record This is Unity with acclaimed multilingual MC Y-Love, as well as working on his own records, Diwon Riddim and Others, which will feature vocalists and rappers from across the globe, including the white-hot Sizzla.
Diwon’s music brings to mind a Brooklyn-based hybrid of the best elements of Diplo and Cheb i Sabbah. URB magazine listed him amongst their NEXT 1000 and wrote that "Diwon is something else…in a profound kind of way", calling his sound titillating and ‘juicy for the ears’, while The Village Voice described his producing as 'adventurous and banging'. CBS featured Diwon as part of their Faith, Music and Culture series and he has made appearances on NPR, PBS, and BBC World.
Diwon is also mastermind of Shemspeed (www.shemspeed.com), the web’s largest, most diverse Jewish music site; the independent label Modular Moods Records (www.modularmoods.com); the 40 Days 40 Nights Campus Tour, a festival stopping at 30 colleges nationwide; the renowned Sephardic Music Festival; and the groundbreaking Hip Hop Sulha.
Diwon has performed with Lou Reed, Anthony Coleman, Matisyahu, DJ Spooky, and Idan Raichel, among countless others. His slamming live sets include a diverse mix of singers and live musicians, creating an unrivalled festival vibe with an explosive blend of world music, hip hop, and jazz.
"His company has graced Billboard magazine and he has been featured from NPR to USA Today to name a few media outlets; A combination of sounds, Erez Safar known as Diwon has become the change that rappers, electro-beat and world music lovers have been craving." - Music International News
"Diwon is something else …in a profound kind of way. The New Yorker gets crafty when it comes to beats by extracting world music—mainly traditional Yemenite music-- and fusing it with electro hip hop; creating a titillating sound that’s juicy and for the ears. His musical influence developed from his migration from Yemen to Ethiopia to Israel. Among his myriad of aliases, he is better known as Erez Safar a producer/drummer/DJ/as necessary singer, who champions himself on representing Jewish culture to the fullest. When he’s not on the 1’s and 2’s, he’s busy running Shemspeed (music website) and Modular Moods (independent record label) and a couple of music festivals. Check out Idan Raichel vs. Kid Sister from his remix album That Yemenite Kid. Yeah, it’s fire." - Nicole Dawley, URB Magazine
Diwon as dj handler in Billboard:
JPost Cover (click to read)
"one of New York's hottest Jewish musicians;" - London Radio's 104.4 FM
"as producer and DJ is among the most adventurous and banging on the new Jewish music scene;" - The VIllage Voice
"Jewish music's multimedia mogul;" - the Jerusalem Post
"Top 50 most influential Jews" - Forward, 2007
Diwon & Y-Love- "This is Unity"
Live in London
Diwon on BBC WORLD TV
Diwon, DeScribe & Y-Love on CBS
HARMONY MUSIC VIDEO
CHANGE MUSIC VIDEO
PUNKLEZMERAP MUSIC VIDEO
MAKE IT MUSIC VIDEO
* plus many more all over youtube. feel free to search.
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