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Hadag Nahash Brings A Taste Of Israeli Life To Boston 09:59
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Hadag Nahash is one of the most popular hip-hop groups in Israel. The group blends hip-hop with biblical Hebrew, funk and politics in a way that has brought them both praise and controversy.

The group will preform during Boston's Jewish music festival but the lead singer, Shaanan Streett, says the group's music is more about being Israeli than being Jewish.

"The issues we deal with are Israeli everyday issues. We talk about life in Israel," Streett said. "We're not a minority where we live. We're the majority. So it's a little bit different."

According to Streett, Israeli's need to put more effort into their own well being by putting more emphasis on the peace process.

"Sometimes we're taught to put everything aside in order to achieve some kind of goal," Streett said. "Maybe we're already there and it is time to better our lives already."

Hadag Nahash's most recent release titled "6" has multiple tracks in English. Streett says producing songs in English helps the group spread their message to a broader audience.

"In a certain way, we wanted to tell the story for more people to hear," Streett said. "Sometimes I feel we can't handle our troubles by ourselves and we need other people to help us out."

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  • Shaanan Streett, lead singer of Hadag Nahash

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This segment aired on March 5, 2012.

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