Yossi Banai, an Israeli cultural icon, died Thursday at age 74. Banai was buried at Kibbutz Givat Hashlosha on Friday.
He was a member of Israel’s leading entertainment family and was a giant of the Israeli stage and recording business. Banai was best known for the melancholy nostalgia of his songs in the style of French raconteurs, often describing his childhood in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda neighborhood. His greatest hit was his interpretation of Naomi Shemer’s â€œAl Kol Eleh,â€ â€œFor All These Things,â€ a paean to the land of Israel written after the 1982 withdrawal from Sinai.
â€œThe State of Israel has lost one of its cultural greats,â€ Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. â€œYossi Banai embodied multidisciplinary talent in characters, plays, satire, film and song.â€