From The Jewish Telegraph
RAPPER Samuel Green has launched a radio show dedicated to Israeli and Jewish music on Cambridge University Radio station CUR1350.
The 22-year-old Cambridge student – also known as Antithesis, The Zionist Rapper – believed that there was a niche for such a programme.
He was proved right with the show quickly achieving top spot in the station’s listening figures table with more than double the ratings of its closest competitor.
As a result the programme’s initial slot of one hour was doubled and it now broadcasts every Thursday during term from 3-5pm.
Kol Cambridge, which is also broadcast on the internet, features all the latest Israeli releases in addition to a regular classic selection and a popular Jewish music segment.
The music is supplemented with news and features about Israel and the British Jewish community with an emphasis on providing listeners with information that they would be unlikely to otherwise obtain.
Samuel has just returned from Israel where he has been busy securing interviews with some of Israel’s top musicians to broadcast on the show, following an interview with Israeli Minister Natan Sharansky last term.
Over the next few weeks, listeners can expect exclusive revelations from renowned rapper Subliminal, Israel’s Eurovision entry Shiri Maimon and many more of the Israeli music industry’s top names.
Samuel – whose grandfather Gerald Green is from Salford – also spent the trip negotiating distribution deals with Israel’s top record labels in order to guarantee a steady flow of new music on the show.
Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv were impressed enough to include a full page feature on the young rapper/DJ earlier this month. The BBC also invited him to discuss a documentary on Israeli hip-hop.
Last year, Samuel, as Antithesis, released a CD called The Israel Question, with profits split between the campaign to secure the release of Israel’s Missing in Action soldiers and the UJIA Terror Victims Support Fund.
Kol Cambridge broadcasts on 1350MW in the Cambridge area and online at www.cur1350.co.uk.
An archive of all old shows can be found at www.cur1350.co.uk/kolcambridge.