Look: David Scott, a South African electronic music artist known as The Kiffness, has created a dance remix of “Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayis”, composed by Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz and sung by the Shira Choir. Full story, video
By the COLlive journalist
David Scott, an electronic music artist from South Africa, rose to prominence during the global Covid-19 pandemic for his online parodies and musical content featuring humans and animals under the label “The Kiffness”.
His most recent collaboration was Jewish.
In 2013, Golden Shraga, founder and director of the Shira Choir hosted a Bar Mitzvah celebration for his son in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, and was joined by the Hasidic members of the male choir.
Together they sang the song “Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayis” composed by the philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz on the words of Dovid Hamelech in chapter 127 of the book of Tehillim.
Scott used his Akai Professional MPK Mini keyboard controller to add various beats to the original song, making it a dance floor. He then incorporated additional video footage of a Hasidic wedding in Israel and a tish from the Mashpia R’ Meilech Biderman in Beit Shemesh.
The result was enthusiastically received by Jews and non-Jews alike, with nearly 500,000 views since last Friday.
“Man this remix is pure KOSHER! Cheers from Poland! wrote Duke Johnny. Stefania Brunori wrote: “It’s so beautiful! How beautiful life would be for everyone if we were more able to see beauty beyond race, country, religion and political opinion. Thank you for the music you make and for showing that we are always (and only) ONE.
After Shabbat, comments from Jews also began to arrive. “My favorite South African artist is remixing a Jewish song!!! The best thing to find after Shabbos! wrote Sarit Shell.
“Ah, Kiff, you are a mensch! writes rowdybliss. “And mazel tov to you, your wife and your new baby!” You are a blessing to the world, and may the joy you give to the world be returned to you sevenfold.
Universal Music Group recording artist Shulem Lemmer commented: “Good job!!” Scott replied, “Thank you so much Shulem! I’m so honored that one of the original singers in the video is approving.
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