Izabo is an Israeli pop group that combines psychedelic rock, pop, disco, funk, 60′s music, Arab music, Black music and world music. Think it’s impossible? Just read on.
Izabo was formed in 1989 in Petach Tikva, Israel, and named after Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in the movie Ladyhawke (but not with the same spelling). For a while the group performed in Tel Aviv’s legendary rock-club Roxanne, but after the club closed down they decided to start sing in English and try to make it internationally.
After a few years in America with no success, goup members Ran Shem Tov and Shiri Hadar went back to Israel and re-formed the group with bass player Yonatan Levi and drummer Nir Mantzur. Izabo’s first album was released in 2003 under the name ‘The Fun Makers’ and shortly after that signed with the European record label Sony BMG, released ‘The Morning Hero EP’ in Britain and went out on tour in the UK and Netherlands. Two years after, the album was released in the rest of Europe and the group toured in Belgium, France and Luxemburg.
In 2008 Izabo released their 2nd album, “Super Light” and gained recognition in Germany and Hungary. During those years Izabo also collaborated with Israeli artists, and their most famous collaboration in Isarel was with the group “Shotey Hane’vuah” (‘Fools of Prophecy’) to perform the song “Hu” (“He”) which received Song of the Year Award on Israeli Music Channel’s Music Awards in 2006.
In October 2011 Izabo signed with the English Label 100% Records, who signed artists among Gossip, Moby and Placebo. Izabo’s first three Track EP has been released in the United Kingdom this July, with their brand new album due to be released by the end of the year, in the UK, Europe & Israel.