05:26 PM 10:26 AM EST DEC 4, 2023 JLM 67°F
Meet the funkiest Israeli artist

Ophir Kutiel, a.k.a. Kutiman.
Ophir Kutiel, a.k.a. Kutiman.

Israel’s Ophir Kutiel, who is professionally known as Kutiman, proved his genius once again in 2014 with his ThruYouToo project  in which he masterfully mashed unrelated YouTube video clips into a music album. Fans knew this was a sequel to the ThruYou online music video project he started in 2009. In fact, TIME magazine named that project one of the “50 Best Inventions of 2009.”

Kutiman’s fingerprints are everywhere – from solo projects to The Kutiman Orchestra, collaborations with Israeli artists and a production partnership with fellow musician Ronen Sabbo (they produced for Ester Rada, also on this list). His 2007 eponymouslytitled afro-funk album famously scored an 8.2 out of 10 rating from Pitchfork. The question is not whether we’ll hear from this multi-talented artist this coming year, but whether it will be for his skills as a composer, musician, animator, singer, music video director or producer.

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