Israeli singer Rita sings at the United Nations in New YorkBy Mason White 12:59 PM March 24, 2013
By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Israeli singer Rita Yahan-Farouz wowed government officials at U.N. gathering.
Rita’s performance was titled “Tunes for Peace”. The popular Israeli singer sang some of her greatest hits in Hebrew, English and Persian. Rita did such a good job she managed to get hundreds of U.N. ambassadors and diplomats to dance.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, said: “Through this concert, Israel is sending the message that while our enemies drum of war, we play songs of love and peace. Nowadays, Rita showed the world how simple melodies have the power to connect people, even in the most difficult circumstances.”
Rita is the first Israeli artist to perform at the U.N. General Assembly hall, and the third artist in history to perform a full concert there.
“It is our sincere hope that tonight will echo from New York to the hearts and minds of people all over Israel and Iran to promote better relations, understanding and communication between our two peoples,” the ambassador added.
Yahan-Farouz is an Iranian-born Israeli pop singer and actress. She is reportedly one of the most famous singers of Israel.
After becoming a professional singer and performer in the 1980s, she had appeared in numerous concerts. Many concerts are filled with fans, including members of the government.
In 2011, she also became popular in Iran as an underground musical sensation after the release of several pop records in her native Persian language.
In 2012, Rita’s album “All my joys”, also sung in Persian, was very popular in Israel and Iran, going gold in Israel after being out for three weeks. Rita has since been referred to as a cultural ambassador between Israelis and Iranians, and said she hopes to “pierce the wall of tension” between their countries.
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