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The Ori Naftaly Band
Ori Naftaly: Musical Production, Guitars, Songwriting
Eleanor Tsaig: Vocals, Songwriting
Eran Szendri: Bass Guitar
Yam Regev: Drums
Ofir Ventura: Harmonica
Niv Hovav: Hammond
The Ori Naftaly Band was Founded by Ori Naftaly in September 2010.
The band's original members were Eleanor Tsaig on Vocals, Yam Regev on Drums and Eran Szendri on Bass. The band started out by playing in small venues and pubs in Israel for a year during 2011 and quickly started performing in festivals and large venues all over Israel. The Ori Naftaly Band became famous for their energetic shows and after a year they decided to record their Debut Album - "A True Friend (Is Hard to Find)".
The album was a collaboration with several other Lead Singers that Ori Naftaly invited to record in the album. The release of "A True Friend" created a buzz throughout the Blues scene worldwide. The Album was chosen as "Best Blues Album of 2012" by Jan Marius Franzen from Bluesmagazine.nl and several reviews were published about the band and album. The band was soon interviewed by the Israeli newspaper "The Jerusalem Post" as well as many other magazines and music blogs from Europe, USA and Australia. In January 2013 "A True Friend (Is Hard to Find)", won Best album of 2012 by bluesmagazine.nl music critic and broadcaster Jan Marius, and 2nd place in the "Debut Album" category of the German magazine Wasser-Prawda.
During 2012 the band has successfully accumulated an impressive international fan base in Holland, Germany, USA and other European countries. After over 100 shows in Israel, radio interviews and performances in all Blues radio shows and channels in Israel, Naftaly began planning the band's tour to the Netherlands. On September 12th, 2012, the band flew to Holland and Belgium for a 3 week tour which consisted of 14 shows, 3 live radio performances and recording sessions. Including Nispen Open Air Blues Festival and others all over the country.
After returning from Holland and Belgium, The band continued playing in Israel and then In mid-October 2012 the Ori Naftaly Band won 1st place in the Israeli Blues Society Blues Challenge Competition. The title - "Best Israeli Blues Band 2013" came with an invitation to represent Israel in the International Blues Challenge competition (IBC) and compete against over 200 Blues Acts for all over the world.
The Ori Naftaly band was the first israeli band to have reached the Semi Finals in the International Blues Challenge competition (IBC) in Memphis TN after competing over 200 Blues Acts from all over the world. The band was picked as the fans favorite by selling the largest amount of CD's in the IBC. After the Competition The Ori Naftaly Band played two historic shows in Chicago - B.L.U.E.S on Halsted as Headliners and The famous juke joint - The WaterHole. They were backed with Chicago finest musicians who played for Magic Slim, Koko Taylor and more.
In May 2013 The Ori Naftaly Band released their second album - "Happy For
Good" that consists eight new original songs from the Band.
Listen to the album for free here, and Follow the Ori Naftaly Band here: