"Sublime découverte Live : une voix envoûtante, des rythmes blues passionnants et une très belle présence scénique, le tout avec des morceaux hyper prenants. La fabuleuse guitariste israélienne Rona Kenan ... C’est à la fois de la plus grande simplicité et extrêmement impressionnant... Bref, un petit bout de femme incroyable. Du pur plaisir.”click here for the full review
“Rona Kenan’s magnificent electric
show is a different experience
altogether... for over an hour and a half
Kenan just crushes the audience with
spectacular guitar work.”
Einav Shif, Walla, 2012
"Breathing Down to Zero´ is
without a doubt the best female
rock album to have come out
here in many years, and one
of the best in general. She´s a
fantastic composer... She sings
beautifully… really a great album.
Such impressive debut albums in
all the years of Israeli rock could be
counted on one hand. Halleluiah".
Avi Efrati, 2004
"Rona Kenan's New Album:
A True Gem" ..."'Songs for Yoel' is
a diamond shaped by the forces of
life, death, affection and pain. It is
far more than simply a beautiful
album. It is a magnificent album".
Ben Shalev, Haaretz, 2009
"Songs for Yoel' appears to be
Rona Kenan's most fascinating
work to date."
Dudu Cohen, Rating (four stars), 2009
“Her new album:“Take off’s
and Landings” Is Kenan’s most
intriguing work to date”.
Einav Shiff, walla, 2011
“A moving album with an almost
theatrical quality which rightly won
Kenan major recognition”
Abigail wood, 2009
"A beautiful, personal, diverse and
unusual rock album, with respect to
both the music and the lyrics. A disk
that´s simply hard to take out of your
CD player… This is possibly one of
the finest debut albums ever to be
released in Israel."
Time Out, Tel Aviv, Sept. 2004
"Songs for Yoel' is a
courageous and serious
work which firmly positions
Rona Kenan among Israel's
most important and
Gal Ochovsky, Time Out (Four Starts), 2009
"The voice of a modest
Israeli masterpiece is the pure
voice of Rona Kenan"
Guy Hajaj, Ahbar Ha'ir, 2009
"I have no doubt that ´Breathing Down
to Zero´ is the best Hebrew album of the
year….the debut album of an outstanding
Israeli artist who is talented, smart and
beautiful all at the same time. It´s a great
pleasure to welcome her as the most
prominent representative of the next
generation in local rock."
Gal Ochovsky, Time out, Sept. 2004
"..There was always only going to be one star, and
Kenan shone as brightly as ever”.
Allon Sinai, Jerusalem post, 2011
“Through Foreign eyes” raises her
to a new level…. It’s hard to believe
that it is credited to an artist who is
only 27 years old for whom this is but
her second album. “Through Foreign
Eyes” has a truly impressive ripeness,
which, in the musical genre Kenan
belongs to, is seldom discovered at such
an early career stage.”
Avi Efrati, Tel Aviv Magazine, 2007
"Rona Kenan's new album, ‘Songs
for Yoel’ , is as much a masterpiece
and a literary achievement as it is
a musical creation inspired by the
evaporating life of her father,
Timora Lessinger, Ynet (Five Stars), 2009
"Adding her impressive
presence to the beautiful music
she writes and performs with
great skill, one understands that
in Israel's present-day music
Kenan is no less than an elite
Assaf Levanon, Mako, 2009
"The album is a rare and
wounded work of art"
Snoonit Liss, Nana, 2009
reads a recent review on Rona Kenan's 4th album: “Takeoffs and Landings” (2011)
One of her generation's most celebrated and distinguished artists, Rona Kenan’s dark velvety voice, coupled with her biting lyrics, virtuosic guitar playing and striking presence, have all reset the bar on what it means to be a female performer in Israel.
Kenan released four successful and critically acclaimed solo albums, three of which recently made gold status. Her theme album: “Songs for Yoel” (2009) was dubbed “a masterpiece”, “a literary achievement” and “a rare and chafing artistic product.” The album marked a turning point in Kenan's career and had won the singer, songwriter, musical producer and guitarist the prestigious “Acum (Israeli Copyright Society) Award”, as well as “singer of the year” title from major radio stations.
Since the age of 18, Rona Kenan had been collaborating with, and writing songs for her country's foremost musicians. She composed music for various films and television shows, most notably the award-winning documentary “The Cemetery Club”, and won multiple awards. She is an important champion of the gay and lesbian community and was amongst the first Israeli singers to openly speak up on the subject.
Rona’s father, Amos Kenan was one of Israel’s better known writers. His work had been widely translated and was particularly acclaimed in France.
Following a prolific collaboration in Israel, Rona joined forces with musician Asaf Avidan this past year for his European tour. Aside from playing guitar and singing vocals with his band, Kenan also opened his shows with her solo support act. She played some of France’s biggest and most famous venues to rave reviews.
These days Rona is touring Israel with her band, writing new material in her private studio and preparing for her first solo European tour.
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