Tina K. Russell

June 26, 2008

Awesome Transsexuals: Aderet

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Say no more: Transsexual Israeli tops Lebanese song chart | Jerusalem Post
“Say No More,” a pulsating trance music track by up-and-coming Israeli female singer Aderet and [remixed by] DJ Dvir Halevi, has been at the top of the playlist this month on the “Beirut Nights” Internet radio station devoted to dance music (www.beirutnights.com).

“We found out they were playing my music by chance,” the 32-year-old Aderet said on Wednesday. She grew up in a religious home in Jerusalem and launched her musical career after undergoing a sex change operation following her IDF service over 10 years ago.

“They added the remix to the playlist and a few days later, it was at the top of the most played list,” said Aderet, who regularly performs at clubs, weddings and private functions in Israel and Europe.

On the Web site’s “Eurodance and Trance Songs” chat forum, the forum’s administrator described the song as an “uplifting tune with super nice lyrics.”

“They know I’m an Israeli singer, and that it’s an Israeli song,” said Aderet. “It feels great, it’s a big honor for me and makes me so happy that they let a 100 percent Israeli song to be played and to top their playlist without letting politics interfere.

I hope the Jerusalem Post doesn’t mind me quoting so liberally from the article, ’cause I think it’s great:

When contacted by The Jerusalem Post a representative of Beirut Nights named Sami responded in an e-mail that Israeli music was regularly featured on the station.

“We grew up in Beirut listening to Ofra Haza and Ishtar Alabina,” Sami said. “We play Aderet, but also Dana International, Sarit Hadad, and DJs Yahel and Ofer Nissim. It’s not a policy because there is no policy, it is just music. You shouldn’t make a big deal about it, because it might hurt us since we are surrounded by fanatics who ultimately have no place in Lebanon.

“If you ask 70% of the Lebanese population, they would tell you that Iran is more of an enemy than Israel. If the government needs to implement laws, they should start with laws against terrorists like Hizbullah rather than implement old outdated rules,” he said.

While Beirut Nights is only an Internet radio station, Sami claimed it was the most widely listened to site among the Lebanese diaspora, while acknowledging that its reach within Lebanon itself was limited.

Aderet is hopeful that the popularity of “Say No More” will snowball into something more significant, not just for her but for Israel.

“I hope that it will enable more Israeli musicians to break through there, and that maybe through music and the people who love club music, it could help start to bring peace between the Israeli and Lebanese people,” she said.

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