‘The language of the soul’

Even as his special brand of Mediterranean songs was repeatedly rejected from Israel’s leading music festivals earlier in his career, veteran singer-songwriter-producer Avihu Medina says he knew he would win over audiences. And win them over he did.

Avihu Medina spoke softly but firmly. “No son, no way,” he told Shimi Tavori, who sat across from him in the improvised greenroom of the Amphi...