Lemalla, was born out of serendipity, when two free-spirited artistes, from two different parts of the world, found each other in 2017. Their chance discovery of each other’s artistic selves, sowed the seeds of this cross-cultural project with Jewish-Israeli soul-rock artist Eliezer Botzer featuring Lucky Ali.
The collaboration between Eliezer Botzer and Lucky Ali can be described in different ways: a connection between India and Israel, between Islam and Judaism, or between East and West. However, if we are willing to surrender our need to define and classify, we can glimpse at a truth which is more precise and humane. At its essence, it is a connection between two people who have chosen, each in his own way, to connect with the heart.
To a great extent, what brings Botzer and Lucky together is their commitment to giving voice to a deep inner truth, without attempting to adapt themselves to the industries in which they exist, or to popular tastes.
The first single titled On My Way released on November 10th, 2019.
Watch On My Way here
The sharp contrast between Lucky and Botzer’s identities is born from the very same material that generates powerful conflicts, those that daily appear on the front pages of newspapers around the world. However their music does not exist within a political or religious sphere.
Though Botzer and Lucky are two writers who assign the highest value to texts, they have chosen to create their music in a space that is beyond words. It is from a deeply intimate place of silence, understanding and listening that they have forged a new dialogue.
The songs on the album are a reflection of this dialogue, between two spiritual people who strive to create a reality where the impulse to listen is greater than the need to convince, and where the desire to ask questions is stronger than the need to provide answers. Throughout this creative journey, both artists shift freely between the roles of host and guest in a constant motion of collaboration, symbiosis, discovery and self-improvement.
Listening to the album highlights the many differences of the two artists in all their variety and splendour, and reveals the unique way in which they fuse. Music that is at once folk, ethnic, and modern, sprinkled with shouts of rock and whispered prayers, blends naturally to form a unique creation that is magical precisely because it defies definition. The songs are sung in Hindi, Urdu, Hebrew and English.
In many ways the true meaning of this partnership is the partnership. The decision by two brave musicians to create together through the language of the heart, and to share their message to those that are willing to listen, observe, and perhaps even to heal.
Click here to get a glimpse at the making of Lemalla
Carpet Cleaner. Horse Breeder. Oil Rigger. Organic Farmer. Songwriter. Ballad Singer. Student. Seeker. Traveller. Father. Conservationist. Believer.
There are many layers to the artist who not just a living legend of Indian Music but an artiste whose appeals extends far beyond number of releases, generations and time.
Ali’s wanderlust has led him to many places and to practice different vocations. And while he’s a balladeer with many stories, he’s also his own man, who steps back in to the public domain only when he has something to say, be it a heartfelt commentary on sociological/philanthropic matters or his expression through music.
Lucky Ali was born in Bombay (Mumbai) on September 19, in 1958 as Maqsood Mehmood Ali, as the son of the legendary Indian Film Actor and Comedian Mehmood Ali.
Lucky did not start singing until is mid-30s, and his signature husky tone of voice, that today has millions of dedicated fans, was rejected by many record labels.
When his debut album Sunoh was eventually released in 1996, it went on to win him many accolades, including Best Pop Male Vocalist in the 1996 Screen Awards, and the Channel V Viewer’s Choice Award (1997), and made him one of the popular names on the Indian pop scene. It stayed on the MTV Asia Charts for 60 weeks, and the rest as he says is history embossed in gold.
Beyond his spectacular popular success, Lucky remains one the most intriguing musicians in India as a result of the brave artistic choices he has made. What matters to him is truth of expression. His songs speak of freedom, loneliness, purposelessness, wandering, searching and of our Creator and the creation.
Eliezer Cohen Botzer
Universal, Soulful, Jewish-Israeli Rock Musician
Botzer is a troubadour, the kind who lives what he writes and writes what he lives. His wanderings in time and space transform into songs, and once finished and sent out to the world, these songs beckon him to new voyages.
The writing, composing songs and singing prayers have accompanied him from childhood, it is symbolic (and for Botzer very aptly) that he did not find music, rather it was music that discovered him. It became the centre of his life in his thirties, after more than a decade spent dedicated to a variety of social causes in India and Israel.
Botzer’s music was received with rich praise by the media, and was embraced by the popular radio stations in Israel.
They were intrigued by his artistic courage, directness, and originality. His songs are endowed with uncompromising honesty, personal revelation and social commentary.
Over the years, Botzer has drawn to him a dedicated and loyal audience, who accompany him on his journeys. In a relatively short span of time, he has released several albums, performed at dozens of festivals in Israel and abroad, and collaborated with numerous artists from different cultures and musical backgrounds.
Botzer exists and creates from an inner space that brings together faith and art; it is a space that exists between silence and screams, searching and answers, a space where art is the language that the heart speaks in its endeavour to mend the self. That is what makes Botzer one of the most authentic, honest and intriguing voices in Israeli music today