HomeEXCLUSIVE: Interview with YU’s The Maccabeats

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YouTube sensation, The Maccabeats, started off as a little A Capella group mostly singing in the privacy of their practice room. Four years later, they have become an international success; touring multiple continents, performing for Obama at the White House, and creating mass interest in Jewish culture and music.

Their covers of classic Jewish, American, and Israeli songs are inspiring, energetic, and ridiculously catchy. In celebration of Chanukah 2010, The Maccabeats released “Candlelight”, a hilarious version of Taio Cruz’s hit single “Dynamite.” The YouTube video went viral almost instantly and has received over 7 million hits. This past Chanukah, the group released a second holiday single; a cover of Matisyahu’s “Miracle” with a brief cameo by their self-proclaimed biggest fan, Mayim Bialik.

Shalom Life had the opportunity to speak with The Maccabeats’ Ari Lewis, Barry Rosenberg, Yonatan Shefa, and Nachum Joel about how they formed, their success, and their plans for the future.

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