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May 03, 2005

Shabak Samekh goes for G-rating

Jerusalem Post profiles Nimrod Reshef

In sports terminology, Nimrod Reshef would probably be called an all-rounder. A little less than 10 years ago, he was a vocalist/guitarist with the hugely popular rap-funk band Shabak Samekh. Now, at the age of 32, he's a children's TV presenter and, more recently, an aspiring author of comics books.

Between April 25-28, youngsters and their parents will be able to gain some insight into what makes Reshef's cartoonist persona tick, when he displays some of his prized comics books - taken from his 7,000-plus collection - at the Childhood and Family Collections Festival at the Israeli Children's Museum in Holon.

Besides Reshef's exhibition, there will be contributions from other celebrities, including LPs from the vast collection of Channel 24 chief Yoav Kutner, and a selection of fairy figures from actress Helly Goldenberg. Interior Minister Ophir Paz-Pines's handball medals will also be on display.

Today, Reshef is better known as the presenter of Channel 6's Feedback children's show, but just five years ago he was still a member of the groundbreaking band Shabak Samekh, which put out songs with lyrics hardly fit for the ears of his current TV audience. One wonders, for instance, how parents would react today were Reshef to expose his young fans to lyrics from his former band's songs such as "Empire," taken from the band's debut release Shabak? Back then Reshef and his bandmates were heavily into eliciting a strong public reaction, with lines such as "They come to me on all fours, asking for it nicely" and "They've run out of virgins in Metulla." Not overly PC, to say the least.

Posted by yudel at May 3, 2005 11:43 AM


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