Kobi Marimi

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Kobi Marimi

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Israel: Kobi Marimi

by Christopher Smith

Israel was the host country this year having won in 2018 with “Toy” by Netta so of course all eyes were on the host country’s entry and the expectation was for a high finish. This year Israel fielded 27 year old singer Kobi Marimi with the appropriately titled “Home”. Marimi performed fourteenth and gave a stirring performance to his home crowd who were equally appreciative. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. “Home” won no votes at all from the jury and with just 35 points from the tele vote, the song wound up in twenty third place matching the country’s position attained in 2017, prior to their win.

Marimi is a newcomer having made his stage debut in 2017 prior to entering HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star) which earned him the right to represent Israel at Eurovision in 2019. “Home” was written by Israeli songwriters Ohad Shragai and Inbar Wizman and has reached No.2 on the Israeli singles chart. Some consolation at least. For now Kobi has returned to the stage but his fans will no doubt be waiting to see if he ventures any further into music and returns to the recording studio at any time in the near future.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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