Kacha Merakdim Beyisrael (That’s The Way We Dance In Israel), Song, Op. 243 No. 2 (1952)

Track 1: Variation for Voice and Orchestra performed by Shoshana Damari
Recorded in Belgium, August 11, 1964
Shoshana Damari, Voice
Moshe Vilenski, Conductor
The Belgian-Flemish Broadcasting Service Orchestra

Kacha Merakdim - Yaffa YarkoniTrack 2: Variation for Voice, Choir and Orchestra featuring by Yaffa Yarkoni
Recorded October 19, 1952
Yaffa Yarkoni, Voice
Hanan Vinternitz and his band

Kacha Merakdim - Hanna AharoniTrack 3: Variation for Coloratura Soprano sung by Hanna Aharoni
Recorded April 9, 1956
Hanna Aharoni, Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Track 4: Variation for Choir and Orchestra
Recorded March 13, 1964
Moshe Berant, Tenor
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Zion Lagola Choir (The Broadcasting Service Choir)
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Track 5: Variation for Woodwind Band
Recorded December 9, 1959
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Woodwind Band

Variations: Several arrangements are available for the song:

  • Voice and Piano
  • Voice and Orchestra
  • Choir and Orchestra
  • Voice, Choir and Orchestra
  • Woodwind Band

Lyrics: Avraham Broides

Duration: 3:34 minutes

Additional details: email music@marclavry.org

Synopsis:
Avraham Broides was the lyricist with whom Lavry wrote the most songs. The song Kacha Merakdim Beyisrael (That’s The Way We Dance In Israel), was written in 1952 and continued being very popular during the 50’s and 60’s. It was performed by Israel’s top artists like Shoshana Damari, Yaffa Yarkoni, and Hanna Aharoni, for whom Lavry created a coloratura version to feature her unique voice range of 4 octaves.

The vibrant rhythm of the song and the sweeping dance led to many instrumental performances in which Lavry showcased his love for jazz and improvisations.

Lyrics: Kacha Merakdim Beyisrael / Avraham Broides
(Transliteration from Hebrew)

Hineh banim uvanot, chavura zorachat,
Kacha merakdim beyisrael.
Hineh dolkim al t’homot, guf vaguf beyachad,
Kacha merakdim beyisrael

Hineh rikud meshaker vehalev patu’ach,
Kacha merakdim beyisrael,
Hineh nigun mitromem venisa baru’ach –
Kacha merakdim beyisrael!

Haya, haya, kach chevraya,
Haya, haya, kach chevraya,
Ron ronu, ein kamonu.
Ein kamonu bnei hechayil, bnei hechayil,
Lanu zeh haboker vehalayil.

Ki mitronen hakol
Im sa’ar hamachol.
Nagila gil, chazak kiflei kiflayim.
Vecho lechay, achim,
Yameinu mitlakchim
Betziltzelei tru’a ad lev shamayim.

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