My beloved Africa has taught me so much about human diversity, resourcefulness, creativity and ingenuity, and it has also taught me a lot about myself.
The first country I have ever visited in Africa was Ethiopia in 2007 and the purpose of my visit was a cultural preserving tribal festival. Over the years, I have visited the continent numerous times for both personal and professional purposes and in 2010 I moved to Angola, where I lived for four and a half years, working for a business company and an Art and Culture Foundation, managing cultural, social and humanitarian projects and documenting local life, art and culture.
My particular passion towards Africa began in the year 2000, when I began playing African music, of which I had no previous knowledge, in my weekly radio show called Africa, on the Israeli independent studio radio station 106FM. Since then my affection for Africa grew bigger than I ever expected.
Engaging with African music led me to a vast variety of other activities, all of which somehow connected to Africa; aiding African refugees coming to Israel through the Egyptian border, assisting children of illegal workers who were born in Israel and were facing deportation from the only country they ever knew. By arranging large fund raisers we were able to reach the Israeli Parliament and help the majority of the children stay in the country, and through other events we also raised money to help pregnant women, who managed to escape their war ridden African homes, to stay in Israel.
Through filmmaking, photographing, my weekly radio show, which was on-the-air for 15 years, and by playing as a DJ specializing in African music in private functions in Israel and around the world, I was able to spread and promote African culture among various populations and opinion leaders.