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Meir Banai

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Name  Meir Banai
Nephews  Amir Banai
Parents  Yitzhak Banai
Role  Musician

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Albums  האלבום הראשון, גשם, שמע קולי
Similar People  Eviatar Banai, Ehud Banai, Arkadi Duchin, Orna Banai, Yossi Banai

Siblings  Eviatar Banai, Orna Banai

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Meir Banai (Hebrew: מאיר בנאי‎‎‎; 5 July 1961 – 12 January 2017) was an Israeli musician, singer, and songwriter.


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Meir Banai was born in Beersheba in 1961, the son of Yitzhak Banai, to a traditional Jewish family which has produced various actors and singers, such as Orna Banai, Eviatar Banai, Ehud Banai, Yuval Banai, and Yossi Banai.

In 1999, he and Arkadi Duchin collaborated on a very successful recording. Tal Sondak, who represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2001, says that Banai was one of his musical influences. In March 2004, Banai made his U.S. debut at Makor in New York City.

Shma Koli ("Hear My Voice") in 2007 was a CD packed with traditional Jewish texts and prayers. The arrangements are based on traditional tunes but have been given a modern infusion. The single, "Lech Elay" became a hit as soon as it was released. Haaretz wrote that Banai, in composing some of the songs on his "excellent 'Jewish' album", created an upswing in the melody at key points in songs, in which the speaker/narrator lifts up his eyes to the heavens and calls upon God. As of February 2008, Shma Koli had sold more than 15,000 copies, according to NMC figures).

In February 2008, the Israeli lottery, Mifal HaPayis, announced that Banai was a winner of the Landau Award for Stage Arts, an award for excellence in the Arts. After not appearing together on stage for a decade, Arkadi Duchin and Banai performed together in April 2009. He released ten albums.


Banai died from cancer on 12 January 2017 in Hemed at the age of 55.


  • The First Album (1984)
  • Rain (1987)
  • Impressions Live (1988)
  • The Colors Change/Changing Colors (1990)
  • Including/In Between (1992)
  • The Wandering Tune (1996)
  • Heart Cracked/Fractured Heart (2001)
  • How Much Love (2002)
  • Shma Koli (2007)
  • Collections
  • References

    Meir Banai Wikipedia