Noa




Singing for Peace
  
From The White House to the Nobel Foundation, from the peace rally stage she shared with Yitzhak Rabin, minutes before his assassination, to the film recording studios where she sang her own lyrics written specially for the soundtrack of Roberto Benigni's  film, Life is beautiful, Noa, Isreal's most celebrated international singing sensation, is everything but your usual 'Star': She is a phenomenally impressive woman who engages her life and her artistic soul to furthering peace through music.
 

Most impressive is the quiescence with which her career unfolds. This is a story of collaborative success: be it with her long term musical partner/producer and guitarist Gil Dor, or any mix of the world's musical 'who's-who'; from Khaled and Mira Awad to Bono to Donovan, Noa shares her message musically across the globe.

 
Whether she is performing with and engaged in a programme of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, or with composer, Eric Serra for songs featured in James Bond's Golden Eye, or being presented with the 'dove of peace' by Nobel-peace prize laureate Shimon Peres, in recognition for her peace ambassadorship, in front of an audience which included President Clinton, Ehud Barak, Yasser Arafat and the King of Norway, Noa shares a musical magic which resonates beyond walls boundaries, foreign policy and prejudice.
 
Noa
Her love of music is sung in every note and her passion for peace is evident in everything she does.
 
For those skeptical of the power of one: read her story and reconsider…. The power of Noa's 'One' lies in the heart of every individual.  It is expressed in the sincerity of connecting, of sharing, of fearlessly communicating through her art, an irrepressible message of  this new age: the message of selfless leadership as the only viable path to a real PEACE.
 
 
      Why did you choose to join iPeace?                                             
      I feel any initiative for peace is essentially worth encouraging. Since we all know there is power in numbers and in the joining of minds and spirits, i feel happy to be able to contribute my voice and heart to this new peace network. 
    
     
    
     You have received accolades at the highest level worldwide in your role as what is best described as an international ambassador for peace, what in your view remains the most difficult challenge to peace, especially in the middle east? 
      In the middle east our history, our pride, our sense of self-righteousness and, to quote the famous Aaron Neville song, the feeling that we each have "god on our side", all contribute to our inability to progress into the territories of peace and reconciliation. Religion is an obstacle, so is fear and prejudice that are mostly brought about by lack of information, especially objective information (in so much as it exists).
    
     
What can be done? Education, freedom, access to information (the wild web!), the broadening of horizons and the shift of focus from "we" (the mad and violent mob calling for jihad or death to the Arabs or whatever it may be) to "me" (do i really believe in all this? do i want to sacrifice my children, myself, my freedom, for a pile of rocks or anything for that matter?), and then back to "we" (once I've taken care of myself, opened my eyes, built a better and more hopeful future for my family, i can start caring for my community, for my culture, for the way i interact with others and for their well-being as well, realizing we are all one great, intricate, beautiful human chain).
 
The list and achievements  of Noa's life and professional persona continue unabated and iPeace is deeply honoured to feature her here, as one of its most prestigious new members. In every nuance, Noa shares with her audiences and her fans, with diplomats, heads of state and even Kings, her belief in dialogue as the means to promoting peace and understanding.
 
 

     With two young children of your own, is there anything which you believe should be fundamentally different to how children are educated, both at home and in schooling, about respect and tolerance for 'difference'?

There can never be enough emphasis on respect and tolerance, on compassion and kindness, on patience and open mindedness, on skepticism (never take anything for granted!) and curiosity (ask questions!!), on individualism. Unfortunately, I feel many parents around the world, and especially here in the middle east, and, sadly, often in our neighboring countries, do not see eye to eye with me on this matter, and do not consider these things the highest priorities in educating their children. In general, i am against ANY indoctrination, and ANYTHING that instills hatred in the hearts of children, no matter what. I am also against ultra-orthodox religious education of any sort, which basically cripples children's minds in what i consider to be an unforgivable way.
 
Her voice is unified with those of Palestinian musicians. Under the banner "Time for Life- A Tribute for Peace she shared the stage with Ray Charles, Mercedes Sousa, Khaled, Nicola Piovani, and various artists from Afghanistan, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Africa and Ireland.
 
In 2000, Noa and Gil were asked to write the lyrics for Nicola Piovani's musical theme for Roberto Benigni's Oscar award winning movie: "Life Is Beautiful". The song was recorded and released with the album "Blue Touches Blue", and became a huge hit for the song-writing duo.

 
     Is an international culture of peace    possible? If so, in your experience could it become viable enough a voice for real change? 
      I feel the only voice that can eventually bring on change is one of a united humanity that includes all factions of society (economic, political, judicial, environmental, religious, artistic, etc.). No one group alone can work effectively to shift the sad state of things as they are today. Further, we must be willing to sacrifice, truly, sacrifice, some of our comfort, maybe much of it, for the benefit of others.  How many of us, even activist and self-proclaimed believers, are truly prepared to do that?
    
     
In May 2004 Noa performed in "We Are the Future": a globally telecast fund raising concert for children in conflict areas. The event, which was produced by Quincy Jones and hosted by the mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, featured an international line-up of stars and performers such as Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Chris Tucker, Naomi Campbell and Serena Williams, Patti Austin, Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Andrea Bocelli, Carmen Consoli, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Stomp, Take 6, Angelique Kidjo and others. The concert was performed live in front of an audience of 350,000 in Rome's "Circo Massimo", and broadcast on MTV, VH1 and various other channels to millions more around the world.
 
 
      In all your years of impressive peace activism, which moments stand as the most impressive? 
      Singing at the peace rally on Nov 4th 1995 where hundreds of thousands of Israelis came out to support peace, just minutes before their hero (and mine too!), Yitzhak Rabin, was murdered in cold blood by Yigal Amir. That was what you would call, a defining moment. I came away from that dreadful night a changed woman. 
    
     
      Noa is the first woman to receive the "Galileo Galilei" order medal from the "Grand Orient", the Italian arm of the Free Masons Organization. She has gone on to receive the prestigious "Gemona Seminar" prize for artistic excellence and her contribution to peace and understanding.  During  a performance at the "Ambrosetti Forum" which took place in Villa d'Este, Como, Italy, before distinguished participants such as Shimon Peres, Saeb Arekat and Amer Mussa, she took advantage of this stage, as she has many times before, to express her belief in the importance of dialogue and the need for vision-driven, self-less leadership.
    
     
     
      Most recently she was awarded the prestigious "Stella de la Republica " ( the "Star of the Republic)  by the President of the Italian Republic, President Neapolitano, and she has been officially been accorded an Italian Knighthood: with the status of "Cavalliere", which is the highest honor Italy has to give in recognition of public service.
    

     
      Could you elaborate a little on your own message of peace through the role of music? 
      Music breaks barriers, connects us on the deepest level, in those places where we are all vulnerably the same: our guts and emotions.  I feel peace is like the rings created by a rock thrown into water. One small rock creates one small ring that becomes wider and wider but weaker at the same time, unless it meets other rings, and joins them, and together they make waves.
    
     
My voice is a ring dreaming to become a wave.
 

iPeace celebrates your life and your art as part of a global desire for peace everywhere.




Photos (from the top)
With Andrea Bocelli
Singing for Shimon Peres and Yoko Ono
With The Pope John Paul II
With Bill Clinton


Achinoam Nini/Noa's Page in iPeace
Gil Dor's Page in iPeace

Noa's Website

Beautiful That Way- by Noa, the Director's Cut. (iPeace member Yomtov Moshe has uploaded his private version of this beautiful clip.)



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Comment by Clicia Pavan on November 3, 2009 at 12:47am
Noa's voice of angel iPeace
I love you Noa
Peace,love,love
Namaste

Comment by Hanne Billowitz on April 7, 2009 at 4:50pm
Your music brings internal peace!
Comment by Stephen Lang on March 13, 2009 at 2:54am
Thank You Noa,for showing and teaching People a Better way to Live.And for Youre inspieration.
Comment by Beatrice LATEUR LACROIX on January 8, 2009 at 7:12pm
Thank you so much to be an commited pacifist.
I feel graful to know you beter and impressed bcause of what you are doing for peace.
Your voice and your songs are a bliss.
Thanks more tgan a lot an pease go on.
Love and Peace.
Comment by sandor israel on January 7, 2009 at 5:58am
.Noa---i love your music and thoughts regarding the recent situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip..however, Haftivka is one of the most moving anthems of any country. When I hear it..it moves me.....and its a lot easier to sing then the Star Spangle Banner ......Shalom.....and G-d Bless those in the IDF....who are trying to end the rocket attacks.,....
Comment by luisella valeri on December 30, 2008 at 6:10pm
In these difficult moment your voice calm who has pain, fear, angree, because your voice is your heart in song the Infinite love you are. Thanks!
A New Yer with peace, wonder, happiness, love and unity.
Kiss and smiles Luisella
Comment by Beppe on December 28, 2008 at 5:31pm
No to the Wars

You to the Life


Noa the voice of the peace
, Hi Beppe
Comment by LIS on December 17, 2008 at 4:39pm
entre hace un momento y deje un mensaje de paz y de amor..desaparecio no se si fui yo o fue el sistema tan solo darte las gracias por tan bello aporte.
paz y amor
lis
Comment by LIS on December 17, 2008 at 4:37pm
Bendiciones....y nosotros felices porque con voces como la tuya hacen que la vida sea ligera, alegre llena de paz y de amor...donde el caminar se hace rapido, entretenido lleno de paz y de felicidad.

paz alli donde este te deseo una feliz navidad y que tu voz y tu misma seas un ejemplo de quien te vea y mire.

lis
Comment by Richard on December 15, 2008 at 12:48pm
Noa bless you for being what we all should strive to be or at least try get rid of indoctrines, hatred ,stereotyping
I am a musician and have been for more thaan 30yrs and have touch some people thru music it's the best medium for change and peace. I have not heard your music I'm going to now but no matter I love you
peace
rich
Comment by patty on December 15, 2008 at 8:25am
May the power of your voice, and especially the power and essence of your soul, touch many hearts around the world.
Peace!! Shalom!
Patty
Comment by arthur carmazzi on December 14, 2008 at 3:37pm
you are an inspiring person Noa. I am grateful
Comment by Donna Allard (AcadianRose) on December 12, 2008 at 12:21am
One Person Can Make A Difference... tks for the inspiration!

Donna Allard
Canadian Poetry Association President
Poets & Writers Registry on Ning
Comment by Stephen Graves on December 10, 2008 at 11:17am
Aho Beloved, a Precious and
Beautiful Blessing you are!
Thank you.
Comment by Ermenegildo Cattelan on December 10, 2008 at 11:12am
Pace A te Noa
Comment by krisaya on December 9, 2008 at 9:58pm
Thanks to be here Noa...

Love, Light and Peace for all
Comment by Catrina Marie on December 5, 2008 at 10:58pm
Thanks for the beauty you bring to the world!
Comment by Leon Green on December 5, 2008 at 2:16pm
Hi Noa. Thanks for your reply. Of course you are right. But I don't think his respecting the anthem was ever in question, but then, you may know better than I do, as you are Israeli, and I only know what I have read. But I have much more to say on this issue. Apart from my passion for football since a little boy, my love of Israel as a diaspora Jew and my longing for peace in that area I really think there is an opportunity to build bridges through sport and especially football in a similar way as was done in South Africa. Of course Israel and South Africa are very different places. I have no time to continue now, as my lunch break is over, but I will continue at a later date if that is ok with you. Leon
Comment by muriella on December 5, 2008 at 1:55pm
Ma'a Sala'ama - With Peace. Love your music and voice. I am starting a BlogTalkRadio series - Muriella's Corner - Change the Narrative, Reach for Dialogue...would like to have you on the show and to use your music as background. Hello to you from http://hellotoyouworld.com - voices from the more than 192 countries on the planet join you in saying hello to peace
Comment by SEAY on December 4, 2008 at 7:54am
What a fantastic and inspiring women you are Noa with a purpose and gift for the the world. I am incredibly touched to know about you and your mission of peace in the world. What a beautiful voice and spirit.
God Bless,
Love, Seay

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