KOBI FARHI BECAME KNOWN IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC AS THE LEAD SINGER AND THE FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE ISRAELI BAND ORPHANED LAND WHICH WAS FORMED BACK IN 1991. FROM THE INITIAL ENTHUSIASM FOR METAL MUSIC, WHICH THEY STARTED TO COMBINE WITH THE ORIENTAL INFLUENCES OF THEIR REGION, THEY STEP BY STEP TURNED NATURALLY INTO A BAND WITH A SENSE OF MISSION AND PURPOSE.  THE BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT ARRIVED IN 2001, IN THE FORM OF AN EMAIL FROM A PALESTINIAN FAN WHO SENT THEM A PHOTO OF HIM GETTING AN ORPHANED LAND TATTOO, TOGETHER WITH A MESSAGE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR MUSIC IN HIS LIFE. THIS WAS THE MOMENT THAT COMPLETELY CHANGED THE VIEWS OF THESE MUSICIANS AS THEY IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF MUSIC AND THEIR FUTURE JOURNEY. 

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KOBI FARHI, CHEN BALBUS – INTERVIEW

Kobi Farhi became known in the world of music as the lead singer and founding member of the Israeli band ORPHANED LAND which was formed back in 1991. The band had to wait for their turn at international success for over ten years. Even during those years, they already managed to influence the lives of many people in the Middle East without being deeply aware of the impact they were slowly starting to have. From the initial enthusiasm for metal music which they started to combine with the oriental influences of their region, they step by step turned naturally into a band with a sense of mission and purpose. The breakthrough moment for the band arrived in 2001, in the form of an email from a Palestinian fan who sent them a photo of him getting an ORPHANED LAND tattoo, together with a message about the importance of their music in his life. This was the moment that completely changed the views of these musicians as they immediately began to understand the power of music and their future journey.

There is a beautiful message in the concept of ORPHANED LAND that grows bigger and bigger as new topics are introduced with each album, but the main ideas serving as the pillars of their entire creative process remain: bringing light and hope to the lives of those who suffer under the pressure of the uncompromising rules of society, opening the eyes and changing the minds of blood enemies by showing different views and ways of thinking and spreading peace, humanity and friendship through the music and philosophy they are all devoted to.

The band went through several lineup changes throughout the years. The most significant change happened in 2011 with the departure of one of the founding members and lead guitarist Yossi Sassi. He was replaced by the generation-younger, creative and talented Chen Balbus who helped to bring the band to another level thanks to his interest in and use of modern technologies.

ORPHANED LAND is not a band cranking out album after album every year. They take their time to work things out in the most sophisticated way. Every album confirms not only their growth as musicians, but also as human beings. This is thanks to their origins and roots and the unique genre they have created, underlined by the charismatic personality of frontman Kobi Farhi and, above all, the band’s mission. One of Kobi Farhi’s biggest dreams on a personal level came true on the 10th of March in 2019 in the form of the birth of his first child, a daughter who was named Leila Liana.

The band has gained a lot of respect from fans, media, people from spheres far from the metal/rock scene and other respected artists and music colleagues from different genres. ORPHANED LAND is the most popular band from the Middle East. Their work has already been recognised and honored with three Peace awards, including the Friendship and Peace Award the band received from the Turkish Government even though the two countries have no diplomatic connection. Their thankful fans started an online petition in 2012 and nominated these Middle Eastern ambassadors, uniting people no matter their religious beliefs or the background they come from, for the Nobel Peace Prize. The petition has been signed by thousands of people from all over the world since then. ORPHANED LAND are also the proud holders of several music awards including the Global Metal Band of the year 2014 and The Best Video of The Year 2018 for the song “Like Orpheus” at the Progressive Music Awards UK.