Entertainment in Israel is always unique since gigs are usually held in historical places such as amphitheatres or even amongst ancient ruins.
This time the host was Masada
, the ancient Jewish fortress that looms majestically 450 meters above the Dead Sea.
The show, 'Masada: The Sunrise Concert' is, although it sounds like a complete cliche, an unforgettable experience; to witness this annual event is to never forget it and to yearn to return. It is a life-time experience that you literally cannot have anywhere else in the world
and this year was particularly special because the show celebrated 20 years of 'Sunrise at Masada' and some of us were there 20 years ago when 'Sunrise' was held as the finale to the three-day Arad music festival.
This year’s show started as usual at 3:30 AM but the build up began 10kms before reaching the venue. As you drive through the desert town of Arad, a line of cars leaves in one direction - east - so the dark, hilly desolate Judean desert road becomes sprinkled with red tail lights bobbing up and down and you know all those in their vehicles have one purpose - to get to Masada and join in the festivities with international composer, guitarist and singer David Broza
and have fun til the sun rises over Jordan in the east.
The solid, silent, power of the desert, the smell of the dust blended into the warm desert air and the strong sense of ancient history of the illuminated Masada fortress proudly guarding and protecting, provide the perfect back drop for Broza, his acoustic guitar and 4 piece band.
Singing in Spanish and Hebrew, David Broza
, does not not play his guitar, he embraces it and works it passionately
and brings to the swaying crowd three hours of vibrant flamenco, salsa, rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues from full moon until daylight. You watch and move int time to his beat, wondering where he gets the energy from to keep up his enthusiastic non stop sometimes wild tempo.
This year Broza ended his performance with all time favourites 'ha isha she' iti' 'the woman by my side' and the first song he wrote and composed along with Johnathan Geffen 'yehiyeh tov' - 'things will be better' to commemorate President Sadat of Egypt stepping on Israeli soil to start the peace process. The crowd sang along, some starting the popular daybreak ascent up to the fortress
united in their hope that things will end well for Israel and the Middle-east.
Things will get better.