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The Miami Boys Choir (MBC) is one of the most well known and enduring acts in contemporary Jewish music.

History

Formed in 1977 by Yerachmiel Begun, the Miami Boys Choir was part of a larger surge in popularity of Orthodox Jewish choral music.[1]

While the group was formed in Miami Beach, Florida, after releasing the first few albums, Begun moved MBC to New York. Although he retained the "Miami" in the name of the group, subsequent albums were released with boys primarily from the New York/New Jersey area.[1]

Over the years, the Choir's imaging has changed with the times. Originally called the "Miami Choir Boys," its name has alternated between "Miami Boys Choir" and "Yerachmiel Begun and the Miami Boys Choir." In addition, the album titles have slowly changed over time from just Hebrew titles (i.e., B'syata D'shamaya) to English and Hebrew together (e.g., Torah Today) and finally to the present format, which places "Miami" before the title (i.e., Miami Moshiach).

Compared to mainstream artists, the Miami Boys Choir has not had spectacular results in terms of sales. However, in the Jewish music world, they are recognized as an unparalleled success story. An example is their album released in 2005, Miami Revach, which reportedly sold over 15,000 copies in the first few weeks alone.[2]

DVDs

Since very early on, MBC has released DVD and VHS versions of their live albums. This includes all of the "Miami Experience" titles as well as "Miami in Yerushalyim" the Miami 25 and 26 albums (the second being sold as "Miami and Dedi") and the popular "Miami Revach" which was filmed in HD and features a 40 minute bonus feature following the choir on tour in Miami.

Prominent soloists and alumni

  • Yaakov Shwekey
  • Ari Goldwag
  • Nochum Stark
  • Yitzy Spinner
  • Yitzchok Rosenthal (of Shalsheles fame)
  • Nachman Seltzer (of the Shira Chadasha Boys choir)
  • Oded Karity
  • Duvie Shapiro
  • Eric Stern
  • Yaakov Rosenblatt
  • David Herskowitz
  • Yoshi Bender
  • Ari Rosner
  • Mordechai Shapiro
  • Isaac Benishai
  • Chanina Abramowitz
  • Binyamin Ravina Abramowitz
  • Jeremy Herskowitz
  • Sol Ayal
  • Albert Ayal

Discography

Title[3][1] Year Released Comments
Miami Choir Boys
Victory Entebbe 1976
Miami Meets Toronto 1978 Prior to starting the Miami Boys Choir, Yerachmiel Begun lived and directed a choir in Toronto, Canada..
Miami Live 1979
B'Siyata Dishmaya 1984 Contains the first MBC hit song "B'Siyata Dishmaya"
Klal Yisroel - Together 1987
Shabbos Yerushalayim 1989 One of the soloists, Avraham Willig, is now a Rebbi in Torat Shraga
Torah Today 1990 Contains the wedding hit "Od Yishoma" and "P'sach Libi"
Miami Experience 1 1991 The first of the "Miami Experience" albums featuring live concerts.
Miami Experience 2 1992
It's Min Hashamayim 1993 Contains two of the most popular and lasting MBC songs; Ani Ma'amin and Lo Yisa Goy.
Miami Experience 3 1993
Miami Experience 4 - Shiru Lo 1994 Contains MBC hit Nekadesh
One By One 1995 Contains MBC hits Chasdei Hashem and Sunshine
Miami Experience 5 1995 15,000 people attended the Miami Experience 5 concert at the Nassau Coliseum
The Simcha Song 1997 Contains MBC hit Adon Olam
Chanukah - Light up the Nights 1997 Featuring MBC hit Yaaleh V'yavoh. This album featured five new songs and then instrumental versions of those same songs.
Stand Up 1999 Featuring MBC hit Hinei Ma Tov
Yerushalayim - Can You Hear Our Voice 2001 A collection of songs from the past of Miami, and two new recordings. All the songs surround the idea of centrality Jerusalem to the Jewish nation.
Bederech Hatorah - We Shall Prevail 2001 An album that set the stage for a number of rising stars. It also has one song, Lo B'Ruach Hashem, that tops 7 minutes.
Miami 25 - Past Present and Future 2002 Recording of the 25th anniversary concert including a number of prominent alumni.
Miami and Dedi 2003 Recording of the 26th anniversary concert featuring guest start Dedi.
Miami Revach 2005 Sold over 15,000 copies.
Miami Revach-DVD 2006
Miami Moshiach 2007 Featuring five new songs and five concert recordings from Miami 29 by Ohad!, Dovid Gabay and Michoel Schnitzler.
Around the Campfire 2007 MBC's first A Capella album. It features voices from several "generations" of the choir, being as it was a project started in 2004.
Yavoh 2009

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Boy Choir & Soloist Directory - Miami Boys Choir". 16 January 2008. http://boysoloist.com/artist.asp?vid=177. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  2. Miami Revach DVD. Chapter 1.
  3. Mostly Music Store Listing of MBC albums

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