Noa and Mira Awad will represent Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, which begins in Moscow next month. The unique Jewish Israeli-Arab Israeli duo hopes to charm European hearts with their song “There Must Be Another Way.”
Known in Israel by her full name Achinoam Nini, Noa is Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist. Born in Tel Aviv in 1969, Noa lived in New York City from the age of two until her return to Israel alone at the age of 17. Her family is originally from Yemen. After serving the mandatory two years in the Israeli army in a military entertainment unit, Noa studied music at the Rimon School where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor.Â Over the span of their 17-year career together, Gil and Noa have written and produced 10 albums and various compilations. The songwriting duo has sold over a million and a half copies of their current catalogue.Â
Mira Awad is an actress,Â singer and songwriter. She was born in Rama village in the Galilee, in 1975, to a Palestinian father and Bulgarian mother. She studied in the Rimon school for jazz and contemporary music. Her career has ranged over TV, film and the concert stage. She also has worked in the theater, and is currently appearing in several plays at the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv.
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