Song: L.Y.G
Lyrics: Adapted from the Book of Isiah  of an ancient and famous Hebrew call for Peace and cultural Harmony , and a popular English Afro-American Spiritual that takes its lyrics from the same source
 (Hebrew: Lo Yisa Goy)
Lo Yisa Goy El Goy Cherev
Lo Yilmedu Od Milchama
"Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
nor shall they study the ways of war
I'm gonna lay down my sword and Shield by the river side

Lay down my sword and Shield  "
Lyrics: Adapted from the Book of Isiah and a traditional Afro American Spiritual 
Music by: Aaron Lightstone, Aviva Chernick, Chris Gartner
For Immediate Release: October 1, 2009
Jaffa Road's "L.Y.G." (Lo Yisa Goy) “Nations shall not lift swords”
Wins GRAND PRIZE in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest
New Canadian band JAFFA ROAD hits the ground running with news from the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST that they have won GRAND PRIZE in the World Music category for their song L.Y.G from their debut CD, Sunplace. The lyrics for this song are adapted from the book of Isaiah. This well known, ancient, Hebrew call for peace prophesizes an age where warfare and nationalism are obsolete.
The Hebrew verse in the song is Lo Yisa Goy el Goy Cherev, lo yilmedu od milchama. This famous verse of Hebrew poetry has been translated as “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore”. The lyrics for the English chorus
the song are adapted from a well known African-American spiritual that embodies a very similar message to the phrase from Isaiah. I'm gonna Lay down my sword and shield by the riverside.
The music for the song was written by Jaffa Road’s lead singer Aviva Chernick, bass player/ producer Chris Gartner, and founder/ Band Leader/ co-producer Aaron Lightstone. The music reflects the composers’ interests in Indian music, African pop, ancient Hebrew poetry, and thoughtful Western pop tunes.
Jaffa Road's unique sonic landscape brings together the sounds of the Middle East, Spain, India and North America. They form a most perfect union that is at once ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic, and secular and sacred. With onstage chemistry
as electrifying as it is intense, the band incorporates ancient and original poetry in Hebrew, Spanish and English with belly dance rhythms, pulsing dub grooves and exhilarating improvisations.
Their debut CD, "Sun Place", released only months ago, has already charted at # 1 on Canada's largest campus radio station, CIUT. Their CD release performance was also recorded for broadcast on CBC's nationally renowned radio show, "Canada Live".
This trailblazing musical journey is paved by founder and multi- instrumentalist /music therapist Aaron Lightstone (guitar, oud, saz, synthesizer), the ethereal vocals of multilingual lead singer Aviva Chernick (Levon Ichakhanian, Ernie Tollar, Tania Gill,
Andrew Downing, Mitch Smolkin and Klezmer Buenos Aires), the visionary grooves of bassist Chris Gartner (Chantal Kreviazuk, members of both The Band and Barenaked Ladies, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Tasa), the entrancing sounds of saxophonist / flutist Sundar Viswanathan (Wynton Marsalis, Al Martino, the Grammy-nominated Charles
Tolliver Big Band, Bobby Vinton, Kiran Ahluwalia, Tasa) and last but certainly not least, the driving beat of percussionist Jeff Wilson (Maza Mezé, David Buchbinder, and multiple award winning Sultans of String).
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