By COLlive reporter
3 Chabad performers have teamed up to create a stunning new single, a moving song about the love Hashem has for His people.
Kevakoras, from the words in the solemn “Unesane Tokef” prayer recited during the High Holidays, is performed by musicians Eli Marcus, Mendy Jerufi and Chony Milecki.
Bringing the artists together is music producer Davidi Crombie, who regularly assists in music productions, weddings and concerts, and enjoys introducing local singers to new audiences.
“Eli Marcus is popular in the US, while Mendy Jerufi is a star in Israel,” Crombie, a real estate businessman from Crown Heights whose true passion is in music, told COLlive.
“So I thought, why not bring the two together for a spectacular single and music video to showcase their talent to a new crowd.”
The collaboration, recorded and filmed in a New York studio, resulted in a song both moving and inspiring.
“The way their voices combine makes beautiful harmony,” said Crombie. “All of the performers worked on this project from the heart.”
Kevakoras is the first original composition by singer Eli Marcus, inspired by the upcoming Jewish new year prayers.
“The song is about Hashem lovingly counting and looking over His nation as a shepherd cares for flock, with a smile and love,” Marcus told COLlive.
Also featured on the single is musician Chony Milecki, whose talent as a popular wedding musician in the Chabad industry is well known. Milecki arranged the music for Kevakoras, and performs the soulful piano in the song well.
“When creating the music arrangements for this song, I chose chords with a simplicity that illustrate the awe and tension of Teshuva, but also its tenderness and love,” Milecki told COLlive.
“The message of the music is that we don’t get to push this off. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are coming and there will be a reckoning. Don’t avoid it; don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it and grow from it, because Hashem will definitely seal us for good.”
The song marks the first time Israeli singer Mendy Jerufi recorded in the United States, which he says was an emotional and exciting experience.
“Who isn’t moved when hearing the “Unesaneh Tokef” prayer? You can actually hear all our emotion when you listen to the song,” said Jerufi.