Born on April 13: Yossi Banai
Happy Birthday to Yossi Banai! The Israeli singer, performer and occasional actor would be 88 years old today, but he passed away of cancer 14 years ago. He is from a prominent Israeli artist family as his three brothers, three nephews and a niece are all actors and musicians. Not to mention his son Yuval Banai, the lead singer of one of Israel’s most influential pop rock bands Mashina.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said after learning of Banai’s passing. “Yossi Banai was an example of multidisciplinary talent as a director, playwright, satirist, actor and singer. Yossi’s unique voice played a central part in the story of the rebirth of the Jewish state in the Land of Israel and in Jerusalem. Yossi embodied a rare fusion of styles and cultures and a combination of the classical and the modern, the old and the new, which made him a pillar of Israeli culture. For all these, the bitter and the sweet, and what Yossi means for many generations of Israelis, the State of Israel bows its head today and sends its consolations to his wife Aviva and his sons”. (The Jerusalem Post)
Here is the last song he ever recorded: