The husband-and-wife team of Hillel & Aviva achieved some fame in the late '40s and early '50s as the first authentic team of folksingers to come out of Israel. Their sound and approach were unique, as they sought to re-create the authentic musical expression of biblical antiquity -- Hillel even played a khallil, a traditional shepherd's flute that he made from reeds growing on the banks of the Jordan River. And Aviva sang and played the cymbals and also the "Miriam drum," another traditional instrument, made of goat skin stretched over a clay jar. They released their music on various specialty labels, including Concert Hall Society, Folkways, and Riverside during the early '50s and on Elektra Records later in the decade.
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