Strings Attached

23 Jul

Hip-Hop Violinist, Miri Ben-Ari, Keeps the Hip-Hop Genre Alive 

Miri Ben-Ari, The Hip Hop Violinist

I never intended to play an instrument in grammar school. I wanted to go to dance class. Due to a financial setback, parents say that dance classes were a no go…so I took up something for free in school…instrument class. It was a great getaway from regular classes in elementary and middle school. I started off with the clarinet in the 5th grade and then went to violin in the 7th grade. I played the violin until I graduated from Newark Arts High School and was happy that I did not have to play it anymore. Later on, I never thought this instrument could be put to a more creative use in a different music genre until I saw violinist Miri Ben-Ari on rapper Twista’s video “Overnight Celebrity” and in concert along with Kanye West and John Legend located at Rutgers-New Brunswick in 2004. On that concert stage,  she played every Hip-hop and R&B tune from Kanye West’s “Workout Plan” (The College Dropout)  to singer’s Mya’s “Case of The Ex” (Fear of Flying). If hip-hop died down, Miri Ben-Ari knows how to  resurrect it by playing these strings with her immaculate soul.




Strings Attached

Originally from Israel, Miri Ben-Ari is a classically trained violinist that creates a unique sound by combining her skills with jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop. Her raw talent helped her earned the title as a Grammy-award winning musician after collaborating with iconic musicians  Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson and John Legend. She has performed for Senator Hillary Clinton and showcased her talent at prestigious New York City venues Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall.  Also in New York, The Apolllo Theater honored her as an “Apollo Legend”. Currentl, Miri Ben-Ari is working on new music that has been featured on a Facebook Game “Nightclub City” that has her fans anxious to hear those songs on their MP3s. (




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