Florentine's kings of freestyle

Visitors to the funky Tel Aviv neighborhoods of Florentine or Nahalat Binyamin, the seaside Tayelet promenade, or those who were present at the opening this past July of the Maccabiah Olympics in Ramat Gan, have all been dazzled by virtuoso funk, reggae and groove singer King Cano Huricane Kwa-Zulu. Together with Tel Aviv-born Nir Yaniv, the duo have been performing across the country and at venues as disparate as the Glastonbury Festival in England, Womad in Scotland and the Red Sea Jazz festival in Eilat, creating a unique, genre-breaking freestyle entertainment sound - called beatboxing - that embodies post-modern Israel.

{josquote}...King - with the benefit of having traveled and lived in 86 countries, and as a practicing member of the Baha'i faith - believes that holding onto the past and being fixated with fear perpetuate the conflict.{/josquote}

"Our music is done completely from the heart and soul. No waiting for the next draft, no rehearsals. We perform live with no preordained ideas," the Lesotho-born King begins. "Nir and I are both long-time musicians. He's an established artist, composer and science fiction writer for many years here in Tel Aviv, known for his past projects including Funkapella, Vocaliens, and The Universe in a Pita. His music style and repertoire are astronomical."

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