"Habib Albi" – Arabic for “Love of my Heart” – was released on Tuesday as Tel Aviv’s official song for this year’s Pride Week, which will not be marked by parades because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The song, performed by duo Static and Ben El Tavori together with Nasreen Qadri, combines Hebrew with English and some Arabic.
Its video, made with the Tel Aviv Municipal LGBT Community Center and Facebook Israel, features people seen as icons in the city’s LGBTQ community, including model and actress Stav Strashko, actor Shefi Marziano and the drag queen Genderika.
Directed by Roman Buchatsky, the video features locations around the city, including light rail construction sites, Bloomfield Stadium and Yehudit Bridge, which passes over the Ayalon Highway.
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"Every year, an official Pride song comes out that accompanies the parade, but when we realized we were the ones to create the song this year, we knew we had to do it in our style," Jordi, the music producer who co-wrote the song with Static, told Haaretz.
“The unapologetic, the uncompromising, the cheeky and the daring reflect the Tel Aviv of the coronavirus era and 2020,” he said, adding that being stuck at home and in the studio because of the pandemic allowed the artists to focus on creativity and experimentation. “The production and the vibe of the song blend many different musical worlds, like the Arab hafla, Latin reggaeton, American trap music and of course, a lot of Israel, with the voices of Static, Ben El and Nasreen, who create a magical and winning combination.”