Israelis You Should Know: Berry Sakharof

Name: Berry Sakharof

Age: 60

Known for: One of the Jewish state’s most popular and critically acclaimed musicians, he’s known as “the prince of Israeli rock.”

About him: Born into a Jewish family in Turkey, Sakharof made aliyah (immigrated) with them at the age of three. He began his musical career at the agge of 16 in the band Cosmic Dream.

But it was in the 1980s when Sakharof first came to the public’s attention. After his IDF service, he helped found the band Minimal Compact, which became the first Israeli band to achieve international success. After six albums, the band broke up when they could not get visas to tour the U.S.

A collaborative album with Rea Mochiach, Signs of Weakness, achieved great success and a Ynet readers poll selected it as the 11th best album ever. By the 1990s, Sakharof was one of the most successful live acts in Israel, which earned him the name “the prince of Israeli rock.” His 1998 album, Touches, went platinum in just days.

A 2001 song recorded by Sakharof, “Lord of World,” was actually written by Barry Hazak, a soldier killed during the Yom Kippur War. Above, listen to another song about heroes, this one a cover of David Bowie’s popular, “Heroes.”

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