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Ghali Ya buiy
Salaam Ulhob
Song of the gypsies



Smadar musical and life journey began in Sderot, Israel: A small town adjacent to Gaza, which has produced notable musical talents such as Shlomo Bar, Kobi Oz, and the band Sfataim. It was at home that Smadar was first exposed to the beauty and grandeur of Arabic culture. Some of her earliest memories include dancing to the pulse of the darbuka, and singing in Arabic in front of her family.

After her Army service in Israel, Smadar traveled around the world, picking up sounds and studying with various musicians. In 2000, she began working on her own project in New York City. This project consisted of an all-star international band, which included Israeli, Turkish and Arab musicians. The goal of this project was to create a Mediterranean artistic expression which transcended all national and religious boundaries.

In 2004, Smadar recorded her self-titled debut album Smadar to much underground buzz. The CD featured both traditional and original scores. The work was produced by Shai Bacher (Ishtar and Greg Wall), and Tamir Muscat from the band Balkan Beatbox. Two songs from the album have been recently selected to be featured on international compilations. The first song, "Ghali Ya Bouy", is featured on the compilation Think Global: Bellydance (World Music Network). While the second song, "Mama", is featured on the forthcoming Beginners Guide to Buddha Lounge (Nascente Label).

In February 2006, the internationally-renowned nonprofit organization Seeds of Peace honored Smadar with an award for "uniting cultures to achieve peace through music." The award was given to her at a gala in which she performed along with three-time Grammy winner John Legend. In performing for Seeds of Peace, Smadar joined a prestigious list of musicians which includes: Cindy Lauper, Miri Ben-Ari, Hooti and Blowfish, Bare Naked ladies, and John Legend.