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March 21, 2014: Rita will appear at the prestigious Babel Med Music Fesival

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Rita will perform at the important world music fair Babel Med Music 2014, which will take place the 10th year in Marseille, France, between the dates of March 20-22. About 30 musical groups from around the world appear in a showcase during the fair, which attracts over 2500 global music industry professionals and more than 15,000 spectators.  Fair Tickets can be purchased at this link


January 2014: Documentary's screening at The New York Jewish Film Festival

The documentary about Rita is being acknowledged by the exclusive New York Jewish Film Festival and will premiere in the US. Superstar singer Rita Jahan Foruz immigrated to Israel from Iran with her family at the age of eight. On the eve of her forty-ninth birthday, with enormous tension between Tehran and Jerusalem looming in the background, she records her first album in Farsi. A year later, she receives an official invitation to perform at the United Nations. The warm response she receives from her Iranian fans convinces her that music can serve as a unifying force. This intimate documentary spends time with Rita both in performance and in personal moments with her family, and demonstrates their deep longing for their country of birth, which is no longer accessible to them

March 2013 // UN performance and meeting Barack Obama

Rita sent out a strong message of peace in her ground-breaking performance at the UN General Assembly Hall. Her set included songs in Farsi, Hebrew and English, with tracks from her latest album, ‘My Joys’ in the mix. The event, entitled ‘Tunes for Peace’, drew VIPs such as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, ,Ron Prosor, diplomats, representatives of 140 UN delegations, leaders of the Jewish and Iranian communities, celebrities and New York’s elite.

A short while after this historical performance, Rita had the pleasure of meeting the president of The United States of America and sing for him, during Barack Obama's visit to Israel.click here to see her performance at the Israeli Keneset.

Can music soothe UN?

Posted: 12:07 AM, March 5, 2013
Perhaps peace can be brokered between Israel and Iran through song. We hear that Persian-Jewish singer Rita will perform in the General Assembly hall at the United Nations tonight at the invitation of Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor. The concert is part of a series called “Tunes for Peace” at the world body. Rita is considered the Madonna of Israel and will sing in Hebrew and Farsi for her performance. Rita’s latest album, “All My Joys,” is sung in Farsi, and is selling strongly in both Israel and Iran. But in Iran, citizens have to buy bootleg copies since most Western-style music is outlawed in the strictly Islamist country.

Diva diplomacy

Iranian-born Israeli to sing at UN

Rita to perform in Hebrew, English, and Persian at first-of-its-kind ‘Tunes for Peace’ concert

ranian-born Israeli diva Rita will perform before international dignitaries at the UN General Assembly Hall next month for a first-of-its-kind event organized by the Israeli Mission to the UN.

The performance, titled “Tunes for Peace,” will take place on March 5, and Rita and her nine-piece band will perform her hits in Hebrew and English, as well as songs in Persian from her latest album, My Joys. The concert is set to be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, ambassadors, diplomats, and leaders of the Jewish and Iranian communities.

“In the General Assembly, the voices that we hear are usually those of condemnation and criticism towards Israel. Rita’s concert will allow the world to hear different voices – those of peace, hope, and multiculturalism,” said Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor Monday. “These are the true voices of Israel. Rita’s beautiful melodies will echo from the chambers of the UN General Assembly to the hearts and minds of Iranians and Israelis, fostering better understanding between our two peoples.”

“Our country has a strained relationship with the Iranian leadership. I stress the leadership – not the people. I was amazed at how enthusiastically the new album was embraced by the people of Iran. Its success drew the attention of the media, which began referring to the album as a symbol of hope and connection,” said the singer.

Rita Jahan-Foruz was born in Tehran, Iran, 50 years ago. In 1970, at the age of eight, she migrated with her family to Israel, where she grew up listening to her mother sing melodies in her native Farsi.

Fifteen years later, Rita erupted onto the Israeli music scene as a one-named wonder — Israel’s Madonna, or Cher, if you will — and has gone on to become one of the country’s top recording artists and most recognized celebrities.

She’s such an Israeli icon that she was chosen to sing the national anthem in 1998 at the country’s main jubilee celebration, answering a personal plea from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ten years later, as the country marked its 60th anniversary, she was chosen as Israel’s top female singer ever.

Still, she stayed close to her Iranian roots. Some 250,000 Israelis are of Iranian descent. Rita is perhaps the most famous of all.

In Iran, fans are exposed to her music mostly through foreign-based Farsi-language satellite TV. During a recent tour of eight music dealers in Tehran, an AP correspondent found two selling a Rita single, “Gole Sangam,” a remake of a famous Iranian song about yearning for a missing loved one.

Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born analyst who teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, said Rita’s popularity is hard to gauge, but it’s possible that her Israeli identity has helped lure listeners fed up with the hard-line Iranian government. “Whatever popularity she might have could be related to artistic capabilities. It could also be related to the backlash we see in Iran against the government,” he said.

in October 2012 The Rolling Stone Magazine came with a story of Rita

Rita’s Tale of Two Cities

Iranian-born Israeli singer bucks tradition with album of Farsi classics