Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chris Daddy Dave Tweets on Israel Boycott: "I'm not playing that show"

Chris Daddy Dave - one of jazz's leading influential drummers from Houston, Texas - will not play for the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel, and has affirmed this in on twitter.  He joins other Jazz artists of conscience such as Cassandra Wilson, Stanley Jordan, and Portico Quartet who have also chosen to boycott the apartheid state.  

Dave's name was removed from the festival's program, but remains on an official website run by the state of Israel, which seeks to whitewash Israel's policies of occupation, racial discrimination, and segregation by highlighting musicians who they claim will play in Israel.  As human rights advocates call on musicians to boycott Israel, more and more artists as well as academics refuse to conduct business as usual in Israel.