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Iconic Israeli singer-songwriter Zvika Pik dies at 72

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Pop singer Zvika Pik, considered one of Israel’s musical treasures, died at home Sunday. He was 72.

Pik came of age as a singer in the 1970s, when he played a lead part in the Hebrew version of the musical “Hair” and became a known entity in the Israeli music scene.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid mourned the loss of the singer and songwriter, noting that Pik sang the words, “‘Music penetrates the heart’ — a sentence that describes most of his songs and tunes that penetrated the heart and Israeli culture… Zvika was a revolutionary artist of his generation, a pillar of Israeli pop. Zvika died today, but his songs and music that are left behind will continue to be played for many years.”

The lyrics quoted by Lapid are from the song “Mala, Mala,” (“Up, Up”) on Pik’s 1978 breakthrough album, “Music.”

The musician, born Henryk Pik in Wroclaw, Poland, immigrated to Israel with his family as a child. Born into a musical family with a grandfather who headed a music school and an uncle who was a professor of music,........

© The Times of Israel

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