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Published on: November 5, 2015 05:17 PM
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 Israeli singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz singing the title track of his newly released album Bas Kol at his Brothers wedding in Borough Park section of Brooklyn this past Oct. Israeli singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz singing the title track of his newly released album Bas Kol at his Brothers wedding in Borough Park section of Brooklyn this past Oct.

Brooklyn, NY - A YouTube clip taken at a Chasidic wedding last month featuring wedding guests dancing enthusiastically as a shtreimel clad vocalist sings words of the Gemara to a Balkan beat continues to go viral, picking up over 35,000 hits in the last three days.

The video, taken during an October wedding held at Tiferes Mordechai in Borough Park section of Brooklyn, features Israeli singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz singing the title track of his newly released album Bas Kol.

Wedding guests can be seen dancing exuberantly, turning cartwheels, moving in time to the music and shooting video on their cell phones as Mayesz and the chosson, his younger brother Shimmy, jump enthusiastically and wave their arms to the rhythm of the song.

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Photographer Yossi Steinmetz, who was hired as the videographer for the wedding, said that he was filming wedding guests when the first notes of Bas Kol electrified the room.

“This was the first time I ever heard the song,” Steinmetz told VIN News.  “I saw the vibe and how everyone started dancing.”

Having captured the incredible atmosphere in the room, Steinmetz asked his client for permission to release a video clip that would incorporate footage of the actual wedding, set to the actual Bas Kol track from the album of the same name.  The video also incorporates some audio of the wedding, adding live excitement to the footage.

Steinmetz said that the energy levels were among the highest he has ever seen during his nine year career as a photographer and that he has heard the song Bas Kol sung at several weddings since the Mayesz wedding. 

Bas Kol is one of eleven songs on Mayesz’s debut album which was released several weeks ago and incorporate elements of pop, rhythm and blues, and southeastern European music, with lyrics from the Gemara [Sotah (2a)] describing how a person’s mate is ordained in heaven 40 days prior to their conception.

 Israeli singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz new album cover Israeli singer Chaim Shlomo Mayesz new album cover

The word “Bas” is spelled with a samech on the album’s cover, in a nod to the Belzer chosid’s unusual ability to hit very low bass notes.

“In Israel the word ‘bass’ in the musical sense is pronounced ‘bas’,” explained Sruli Broncher, producer of the album.  “There were no effects used here and no computer.  He really has that deep voice.”

While some of the songs on Bas Kol are of the more classical Chasidic genre, Bas Kol is one of several that have a contemporary sound and is a cover of a song by girl group Fifth Harmony titled Worth It.

While the song, which went double platinum in the United States, made the top ten charts in Australia, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom, Mayesz and Brochner selected the song just days after its initial release.

“We were looking for something that had a real pop sound, not just a wannabe,” said Broncher.  “We wanted something that we could use with nice words and could be done in a Chasidishe way, but not with too much edge.  The song had just come out and we liked it and as we were producing it, the song went viral in the secular world.”

Mayesz had deliberately been looking to include different musical styles on his album, hoping to appeal to a diverse audience, including those who might typically be listening to secular music.  Broncher noted that while some might be critical of that decision, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the song, which was posted two weeks ago currently has almost 70,000 hits on YouTube.

“We took a goyish hit, but in a Jewish way, and made it nice and sleek,” said Broncher.

“Most people really like the idea although there are always a few people who think they know better. People say he is good and not like others who make their music in a very goyish fashion. He doesn’t go on stage wearing weird clothing. He has a chasidishe look and he wants the youth to know that if they like this type of music, they don’t have to go outside the chasidishe world to listen to it.”

Broncher hopes that songs like Bas Kol will make people realize that staying true to your Chasidic roots doesn’t mean living in the dark ages.

“People hear this song and they say, ‘wow, you actually listen to good music,’” said Broncher.  “They see that we are normal people and are not totally closed to the world, that we can be Chasidic and still listen to music that is very 2015.”

Bas Kol album online:
http://mostlymusic.com/products/chaim-shlomo-meyes-bas-kol 


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 Nov 05, 2015 at 05:29 PM Bp boy Says:

Great job! It very nice to see people take their talent to the next level. Mazel tov!

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:03 PM MrSmith Says:

Rock, "BELZER CHASIDIM",rock

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 05:55 PM ShalomAveI Says:

What a sad day for Klal Yisroel to behold Yidden dressed in Jewish garments cavorting and jumping like animals (in the ways of the nations), and what a Chilul Hashem that this was publicized.

This 'Balkan' tune or beat has no musical or emotional value and will not lead to being a better person, just more and more animalistic. Please let us return to normal, heimishe tunes.

One more point: People often wonder why kids go OTD or other problems in a marriage. They should think back to the music by their wedding. How can a marriage built on such a foundation bring any Yiddish Nachas?

Hashem Yerachem.

Please Hashem take us out of this Golus. Look how low we have sunk.

Wishing all of Klal Yisroel A Gutten Shabbos

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:28 PM Justleftkolel Says:

Reply to #3  
ShalomAveI Says:

What a sad day for Klal Yisroel to behold Yidden dressed in Jewish garments cavorting and jumping like animals (in the ways of the nations), and what a Chilul Hashem that this was publicized.

This 'Balkan' tune or beat has no musical or emotional value and will not lead to being a better person, just more and more animalistic. Please let us return to normal, heimishe tunes.

One more point: People often wonder why kids go OTD or other problems in a marriage. They should think back to the music by their wedding. How can a marriage built on such a foundation bring any Yiddish Nachas?

Hashem Yerachem.

Please Hashem take us out of this Golus. Look how low we have sunk.

Wishing all of Klal Yisroel A Gutten Shabbos

The Hypocrites come out of the woodwork, you are so worried about secular influences and you are busy posting comments online and surfing the Internet.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:33 PM yankee96 Says:

This is what the Rabbanim really complain about: rap music with jewish words !!

There is no excuse for it!!

where did these" chassidishe " bochrim and yunger -lite learn about this type of music anyway?something wrong in our chinnuch values

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:33 PM thewritersop_gmail_com Says:

I could not agree more with number 3. Aside from the fact that there is zero talent in what the "singer" has done, taken a song from "fifth harmony" feat. "Kid Ink" entitled "worth it" and placed lyrics about 40 days before a child is born... Where's the art? Where's the talent...? These chassidim are dancing like they're in a club...? There is no "true" "jewish music" today. It's gone. Would the Rebbes of these chasidim be proud to see them dancing like that to a goyishe, prust and grub beat. Couldn't get any lower, I'm sorry. Wrong is wrong.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:51 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #3  
ShalomAveI Says:

What a sad day for Klal Yisroel to behold Yidden dressed in Jewish garments cavorting and jumping like animals (in the ways of the nations), and what a Chilul Hashem that this was publicized.

This 'Balkan' tune or beat has no musical or emotional value and will not lead to being a better person, just more and more animalistic. Please let us return to normal, heimishe tunes.

One more point: People often wonder why kids go OTD or other problems in a marriage. They should think back to the music by their wedding. How can a marriage built on such a foundation bring any Yiddish Nachas?

Hashem Yerachem.

Please Hashem take us out of this Golus. Look how low we have sunk.

Wishing all of Klal Yisroel A Gutten Shabbos

I hope you're just being sarcastic but I do know many have your type of viewpoint on everything in life. But let's make something clear. There is no such thing as heimishe music. Everything from your language (German roots) clothing (Polish goyishe nobles) to music adopted from various European goyishe cultures is what made your kosher identity today. So instead of knocking down "other nations" as animistic, recognize and accept it that you greatly benefit from outside cultures but don't like to recognize or give credit to goyim. What would your world really be without goyim and Balkan music?

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 06:52 PM Anonymous Says:

An embarrassment to see chassidim dancing like rap artists.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 07:02 PM Kosher Yid Says:

Reply to #3  
ShalomAveI Says:

What a sad day for Klal Yisroel to behold Yidden dressed in Jewish garments cavorting and jumping like animals (in the ways of the nations), and what a Chilul Hashem that this was publicized.

This 'Balkan' tune or beat has no musical or emotional value and will not lead to being a better person, just more and more animalistic. Please let us return to normal, heimishe tunes.

One more point: People often wonder why kids go OTD or other problems in a marriage. They should think back to the music by their wedding. How can a marriage built on such a foundation bring any Yiddish Nachas?

Hashem Yerachem.

Please Hashem take us out of this Golus. Look how low we have sunk.

Wishing all of Klal Yisroel A Gutten Shabbos

To #3. You are obviously living under a rock. This is a Simcha plain and simple. Stop over analyzing and get with the times.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 07:10 PM nat101 Says:

Keep up the good work!

A wedding with music & dance designed to keep our youth within us, is the greatest zchus for the newlywed couple!

Hashem has given us rachmim with a star who will help our youth stay on the derech.

Hatzluche!
A freilechin Shabbos!

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 07:41 PM mewhoze Says:

that was pretty good. only one question....wheres the womens side???

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 08:07 PM Sorry Says:

Stupid song.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 08:11 PM ShalomAveI Says:

I feel I must repond to #7 Enlightened-Yid (Maskil) so that people should not be led astray by his erroneous words.

The definitely is such a thing as Yiddishe music. It is music that brings us closer to Hashem. Whether slow and introspective or lively Simcha-style. However this song and all other Goyishe songs that are copied do the exact opposite. I challenge one person out there to tell me that this song inspires Simcha Shel Mitzvah. The exact opposite is true.

As for clothing whose origin can be traced to Polish nobility etc, there are definitely influences from the outside world. But they must be carefully filtered to make sure they are compatible with Jewish ideals. Please don't compare noble clothing to the immoral singing of the lowest forms of humans.

And for all those that think that making this semi-kosher (totally treif) music will keep kids on the derech, don't be naive. Everyone who listens to this also listens to the original as well as all Goyishe music

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 08:31 PM nebech1234 Says:

You can all criticize #3 but dead down all of you know that this is a busha for the heimesh olam
Now.
Talented? Nothing major about his voice or song thank god for the new technology that everybody with a voice is talented

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 08:35 PM 100% Right Says:

Reply to #3  
ShalomAveI Says:

What a sad day for Klal Yisroel to behold Yidden dressed in Jewish garments cavorting and jumping like animals (in the ways of the nations), and what a Chilul Hashem that this was publicized.

This 'Balkan' tune or beat has no musical or emotional value and will not lead to being a better person, just more and more animalistic. Please let us return to normal, heimishe tunes.

One more point: People often wonder why kids go OTD or other problems in a marriage. They should think back to the music by their wedding. How can a marriage built on such a foundation bring any Yiddish Nachas?

Hashem Yerachem.

Please Hashem take us out of this Golus. Look how low we have sunk.

Wishing all of Klal Yisroel A Gutten Shabbos

Well said !!!

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 08:44 PM Watch out Says:

The group "Fifth Harmony" may sue for royalties & punitive damages.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 08:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

An embarrassment to see chassidim dancing like rap artists.

Exactly. You would think that anyone in belz would try to explain this fiasco....

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 09:06 PM Bs cutter Says:

"Worth it" is a song our youth know and know, even better how to dance on the music, my point, sad enough that our new generation knows all these songs and even more heartbreaking is the part of lyrics that the yeshiva bucherim have in their pure minds all day,
Thanks to whoever took a song and left the part that our new generation runs after (like it or not) and added Jewish lyrics to connect to hashem and not to whom the composers of "worth it" had planned...
Stop living in denial all bucherim where dancing to the beat they all knew the song way before it became transformed Jewish,
Kudos, to the this singer for stepping up and doing something to help the situation and not wasting his time trolling on comments on vin.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 09:16 PM Sorry Says:

I agree with number 3. Nebach
This song has no Tam.
And I do not live under a rock.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 10:15 PM Professor Says:

Guys take a chill.
Weather you like it or not. Agree with it or not. The music is and will keep going in this direction.
I challenge most readers to post a song that they would like to hear by a wedding and penny to dollar that song was the new bad song 10-20-30 years ago.
Get over it.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 10:27 PM Ina Says:

The music is awful and the dancing tasteless. Now as for the dress: The shtreimels are megusham and quite disgusting. They have no resemblance to the warm hartzig shtreimels of yesteryear. There was a time when only the serious wore a shtreimel and vaise zoken were for the very serious. The behavior of those in this video show the cheapening of chassidus. Can't begin to imagine what this will all look like in but another 20 from now.... G-d, please help us!

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 10:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Watch out Says:

The group "Fifth Harmony" may sue for royalties & punitive damages.

Rightfully so! Is that the belzer way?live off other peoples talent and get away with it?what do those bucherim LEARN ? how to tie a gartel?

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 10:39 PM Secular Says:

Does anyone really know what (or when) 40 days before Yetziras HaVlad means?

For those who don't know, ...Chazal refer to the moment of conception (Sotah 2a). As Chazal believed that gender determination occurred 40 days after 'conception'. A similar entry in the Talmud (Niddah 16b) speaks of the angel who 'supervises' conception and takes the embryo -conceptus- in front of the Almighty who then determines if the child will be smart or dumb rich or poor etc.

Whatever the true and hidden meaning of these sacred Talmud passages are, they should not be debased, cheapened and exploited for the sake of a (not so) clever word play and lyric.

These "Chassidim' should know better....

וּרְאֵה-בָנִים לְבָנֶיךָ: שָׁלוֹם, עַל-יִשְׂרָאֵל.

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 10:58 PM nat101 Says:

Reply to #5  
yankee96 Says:

This is what the Rabbanim really complain about: rap music with jewish words !!

There is no excuse for it!!

where did these" chassidishe " bochrim and yunger -lite learn about this type of music anyway?something wrong in our chinnuch values

Where did the bochrim learn about this type of music????
THAT'S EXACTLY THE POINT!!!!
I could not have made my point (#10) better!
It is exactly due to this phenomenon we desperately need singers like this!
On it with it!

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 11:07 PM YisRos Says:

It's a nice song, but increasingly, as they say they want chassidim to know they could listen to this type of music without going outside of the world, the reality is that once getting a taste of it, people do go to the originals. In this case they will be going to this all girl group on their smartphones. Shame on MBD and others who say that chassidishe music is the only Jewish music that still only takes from within. All from its inception is based on goyishe music starting in Europe!

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 Nov 05, 2015 at 11:38 PM Benjey Says:

I look at this clip and it disgust me as a Chusid to see chassidim singing and dancing like this.And the chusen as well is standing there dancing on the chair like a ....., I can't help but think is this the way a Choson and Kalah want to start there lives,
The day of the wedding is the most special day of a person's life and this is what they want should come out of there wedding day. They will always remember the day they had a bad influence on other people. Don't they see what kind of a storm they have caused. Why is it that these days the Choson and Kalah are so involved with the music of there wedding, yes it's important but there are other things that are much more important. What's wrong with nice yiddish music where everyone is dancing like yiddin. Just looking at the faces of the small kids and the chassidim that are standing on the side I can't help but think what's going through there minds, how uncomfortable they must feel at there own kids, uncles, brother's, cousins wedding they probably want to bury themselves.
If you can sing like this then why not bring one of the big stars from the goyem and let him rap in yiddish.
I hope these young people will turn around there ways and will grow up and understand that there actions have consequences for our actions.
I wish this couple a long happy and healthy life together and to making better decisions in the future.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 12:10 AM Secular Says:

Ugefurene' chassidim

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 01:17 AM mit-seichel Says:

Dear Media,

Tuna beigels do not represent the chassidishe lifestyle. Stop pretending they do.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 03:39 AM zelig Says:

#6
They ARE in a club, or rather a cult. Just because the leader wears a Davy Crockett hat and other trappings and walks around with a mad face, doesn't mean these kids can't go wild once in a while. Nothing personal against the leader; just saying.

And while we are on the topic young shmendriks who are the "frum media" are ruining it for our youth. They call the shots,they program the agendas. And the leaders make sure they are on the front page, or else..

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 06:14 AM LoyUlainy Says:

Chilul shem shamayim. Chotei umachti. Meisis umadiach!

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 09:10 AM LionofZion Says:

They would behave better if there were some women around.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 09:36 AM Anonymous Says:

This awful brotherly twoesome in no way reflects vlbelzer chassidim at large. Actually belz is quite ashamed that their dayins children erode the vey fabtric of our kehillah. H"y.

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 10:17 AM Anonymous Says:

The heilege Belzer Rebbe, Z'TL, warned of the risks to every yiddeshe neshama from pursuing the "haskafah" of the goyim but "wrapping it" in a familiar "chassideshe lvush" like one might do to disguise a dead fish at a malavah malkah. Hashem yarachem on those who lead us down the road to destruction....

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 10:19 AM Mayer Says:

Reply to #33  
Anonymous Says:

This awful brotherly twoesome in no way reflects vlbelzer chassidim at large. Actually belz is quite ashamed that their dayins children erode the vey fabtric of our kehillah. H"y.

Beltza knows how to be מוחה

מדלא מיחה שמע מינה דניחא ליה

Same apllies to the father the dayen it self. he was paying for this wedding and his son is not OTD that you can say oho he didn't want to loose him fully

Yes the father is personal responsible and is to blame for it

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Benjey Says:

I look at this clip and it disgust me as a Chusid to see chassidim singing and dancing like this.And the chusen as well is standing there dancing on the chair like a ....., I can't help but think is this the way a Choson and Kalah want to start there lives,
The day of the wedding is the most special day of a person's life and this is what they want should come out of there wedding day. They will always remember the day they had a bad influence on other people. Don't they see what kind of a storm they have caused. Why is it that these days the Choson and Kalah are so involved with the music of there wedding, yes it's important but there are other things that are much more important. What's wrong with nice yiddish music where everyone is dancing like yiddin. Just looking at the faces of the small kids and the chassidim that are standing on the side I can't help but think what's going through there minds, how uncomfortable they must feel at there own kids, uncles, brother's, cousins wedding they probably want to bury themselves.
If you can sing like this then why not bring one of the big stars from the goyem and let him rap in yiddish.
I hope these young people will turn around there ways and will grow up and understand that there actions have consequences for our actions.
I wish this couple a long happy and healthy life together and to making better decisions in the future.

U'mein v' u'mein....so many beautiful niguniim from our davening and nusach and even nice adoptations of contemporary music from EY artists are OK but this rap stuff is akin to avodah zorah (think of the dor hamidbar dancing around the egel hazahav and this chassanah is many times worse). At the margin, LIPA or MBD may be ok but for a real heimeshe chassanah, we don't need rap music from the musical tradition of some of the worse anti-seimitim in the Baltics

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 Nov 06, 2015 at 08:51 AM CommonSense Says:

Reply to #7  
enlightened-yid Says:

I hope you're just being sarcastic but I do know many have your type of viewpoint on everything in life. But let's make something clear. There is no such thing as heimishe music. Everything from your language (German roots) clothing (Polish goyishe nobles) to music adopted from various European goyishe cultures is what made your kosher identity today. So instead of knocking down "other nations" as animistic, recognize and accept it that you greatly benefit from outside cultures but don't like to recognize or give credit to goyim. What would your world really be without goyim and Balkan music?

What utter nonsense.

Just because we've taken from goyish influences in the past means we have carte blanche to dance to every goyish tune that comes out??
Just because we copy goyish techniques in art...means we could enjoy pornography?
Where's your sechel??

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