Jerusalem - Israeli Radio Station Bans Lipa New Song “Bueh, Bueh” (audio)
Jerusalem - A Chareidi Israeli radio station has banned a new song by Chasidic singing sensation Lipa Schmeltzer, saying that the song did not show proper respect to several prominent rabbonim who are mentioned in the lyrics.
The electronically styled song, titled “Bueh, Bueh,” describes Schmeltzer’s visit to three gedolim for brachos: Reb Chaim Kanievsky, the Tosher Rebbe and the Skulener Rebbe. The word “Bueh” is an acronym for “bracha v’hatzlacha,” the bracha given to Schmeltzer by Reb Chaim Kanievsky.
Listen below to the new song “Bueh, Bueh”. Courtesy of Mostlymusic.com
An article that appeared on Israeli news site Kikar HaShabbat said that the song had been banned on Radio Kol Chai, a first for radio personality Menachem Toker who was quoted in the article as saying that the song was an affront to the gedolim in question. Toker, who is currently on vacation, confirmed that he never banned the song, which had been scheduled to air on the station on Wednesday.
“Radio Kol Chai banned it and I work there,” Toker told VIN News. “It’s not me. It was supposed to be on my show today and they banned it and decided not to play it.”
The song is the second of 13 tracks on Lipa’s newly released B Positive album, a joint collaboration with Matt Dubb, former keyboard player for EvanAl Orchestra. The two hope that B Positive, which features electronic dance music, will attract teenagers who might typically be listening to secular music.
“Teenagers are very into electronic music,” explained Schmeltzer. “We are trying to bring Jewish music to the next level, by creating music that can match the music that our teens are already listening to. What the OU has done for kosher food, by making available high quality kosher food and restaurants, Lipa is doing for music.”
Schmeltzer noted that while Jews tend to be trailblazers in many fields, they tend to settle for second best when it comes to the arts.
“I think we are behind a lot and I don’t think it has to be that way”,” said Schmeltzer. “We can be frum Jews and great artists and be the best in everything. Of course there are certain boundaries that we keep. I don’t sing about adultery and I don’t sing about violence.”
The song begins with Schmeltzer describing a visit to Reb Chaim Kanievsky, who bentshed the colorful singer with the words “Bueh, bueh.”
“I had no idea what it meant when he said it to me,” Schmeltzer told VIN News. “His grandson told me and I walked out of there humming ‘Bueh, Bueh.’ I knew I had to make a song out of it.”
In another visit, this time to the Tosher Rebbe, Schmeltzer recalls how he waited on line all night for a bracha, but was asked to leave just as it was his turn for an audience with the Rebbe because it was time for the Rebbe to eat. Devastated, Schmeltzer waited outside, ultimately receiving the sought after bracha.
The third verse describes Schmeltzer’s visit to the Skulener Rebbe, shortly before the Skulener Rebbe signed on a ban prohibiting Lipa from staging a Madison Square Garden concert in 2008. Schmeltzer admitted to being hurt by the Skulener Rebbe’s participation in the ban, but said that focusing on his many positive moments spent at the Rebbe’s melava malkas and other positive occasions was a cathartic experience, allowing him to finally let go of resentment he had been harboring for the last seven years.
By using this particular genre to appeal to the younger generation, Schmeltzer hopes to introduce his audience to an experience they might have never considered before: visiting with a gadol.
“If I can get the youth to relate to a gadol, they will be more likely to get a bracha from a rebbe. There are rebbe pictures and rebbe magazines, what could be nicer than a song about rebbes?”
Schmeltzer acknowledged that there are those who might not approve of electronic dance music as a Jewish music genre, but that he felt the need to create music that would appeal to the younger generation.
“I am always advancing, always making changes,” said Schmeltzer. “It is no secret that a lot of things that other singers are doing now I did five years ago and I broke the ice. By me, it is a different style and you can purify anything. I can’t keep on running trying to please the people who don’t appreciate anything I do and would rather focus on those who enjoy my music.”
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