Mumbai, 1st April 2021: The collaboration between Eliezer Botzer and Lucky Ali can be described in different ways: a connection between India and Israel, between Islam and Judaism, or between East and West. However, if we are willing to surrender our need to define and classify, we can glimpse at a truth which is more precise and humane. At its essence, it is a connection between two people who have chosen, each in his own way, to connect with the heart.
To a great extent, what brings Botzer and Lucky together is their commitment to giving voice to a deep inner truth, without attempting to adapt themselves to the industries in which they exist, or to popular tastes.
The sharp contrast between Lucky and Botzer’s identities is born from the very same material that generates powerful conflicts, those that daily appear on the front pages of newspapers around the world. However their music does not exist within a political or religious sphere.
Though Botzer and Lucky are two writers who assign the highest value to texts, they have chosen to create their music in a space that is beyond words. It is from a deeply intimate place of silence, understanding and listening that they have forged a new dialogue.
The songs on the Lemalla are a reflection of this dialogue, between two spiritual people who strive to create a reality where the impulse to listen is greater than the need to convince, and where the desire to ask questions is stronger than the need to provide answers. Throughout this creative journey, both artists shift freely between the roles of host and guest in a constant motion of collaboration, symbiosis, discovery and self-improvement.
Listening to songs on the album highlights the many differences of the two artists in all their variety and splendour, and reveals the unique way in which they fuse. Music that is at once folk, ethnic, and modern, sprinkled with shouts of rock and whispered prayers, blends naturally to form a unique creation that is magical precisely because it defies definition. The songs are sung in Hindi, Urdu, Hebrew and English.
In many ways the true meaning of this partnership is the partnership. The decision by two brave musicians to create together through the language of music, and to share their message to those that are willing to listen, observe, and perhaps even to heal.
Click here for a glimpse of the making of Lemalla
The singles: On My Way | Amaraya
A little more than a year ago the duo released the first song from the album which talks about the journey home. They did not know then what lay ahead and the fact that in a very short time we will all have a new perspective of home.
The first single On My Way which was released in November 2019, was hailed as a traveller’s anthem and was lapped up by music aficionados across the world. The song featured lyrics in English, Hebrew, Urdu/Hindi.
The second single Amaraya (March 31st, 2021 release), takes the story of the journey — that began with On My Way — a step further. The stirring number that spans across 3-4 languages (Arabic, Hindi/Urdu and Hebrew) talks about rising above differences in recognition of the sentiment that we are all but reflections of each other.
Amaraya was written and composed together by Lucky Ali , Eliezer Botzer , Ori Avni and Uzair Abdul Aleem .
The genesis of the track and the beginning of the recording process began in Lucky’s farm in Bangalore. Almost three to four years in the making, Lemalla was a result of creative and meaningful time that the two artists spent together, journeying through different parts of India and Israel.
“Like water reflects the face, The heart reflects the man…”
“We are all mirrors and reflections of each other…”
Complete lyrics and translation available on request.