Jan 8, 2013
"Nisbia" on the Boardwalk

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the Brighton Beach boardwalk was a backdrop for Choni Goldman's first music production.

By COLlive reporter

Better times at the boardwalk.

Choni Goldman, winner of the title Jewish Star of 2012, has released his first music video which was filmed in the oceanside Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach.

Produced by Danny Finkelman, the clip shows Goldman bringing a hopeful message to an area still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy not long ago.

With the Atlantic Ocean in the background, Goldman sings "Nisbiah," the song composed especially for him by musical talent Eli Gerstner as part of his prize for winning the international singing competition.

Choni's quick rise on the public stage comes on the heels of youthful endeavours, among them singing as an 11-year-old with Mordechai Ben David at a concert in his native city of Johannesburg, South Africa.

A seasoned chazzan as well, fans say his honey golden voice, free flowing style and comfortable stage presence, produces a refreshing synergy that pulsates through his performances.



Stay tuned for the opening of season four of A Jewish Star.



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Opinions and Comments
1
Dats mee bruda
Yup... That's him-- keeping it funky fresh!!

CHONI G-- singing with chassidic house party this sat nyt @ rubashkins..... Can't wait :))
(1/9/2013 12:56:16 AM)
2
Wineberg Cuzzies in SA
Go Choni!! GREAT song! We're your biggest fans!
(1/9/2013 1:39:41 AM)
3
Amazing!
Beautiful message. Beautiful voice.
(1/9/2013 1:49:47 AM)
4
Awesome Choni!
Well done! Really enjoyed that! Look forward to hearing more from you!
(1/9/2013 2:04:46 AM)
5
WOW
love it
(1/9/2013 2:04:49 AM)
6
Awesome Choni!!
Well done!!Love it and pg many more to come!!
(1/9/2013 2:54:31 AM)
7
yo!
chony you look great.

your second cousin from china
(1/9/2013 3:43:17 AM)
8
maureen gavin
Fabulous!!!!!!!!!! Rock Star Choni Home South African grown
(1/9/2013 3:59:43 AM)
9
To COL
From now on when posting music videos, I think it would be beneficial if you would post the words, in English and Hebrew.

Now can someone tell me what Nisbia means?
(1/9/2013 4:44:50 AM)
10
love it!
(1/9/2013 5:57:48 AM)
11
a hit!
Wow, amazing song!!
Eli gerstner and choni goldman, great job!
(1/9/2013 6:06:49 AM)
12
a pro
this guy is really a polished professional. he's so relaxed, cool, and he SMILES! all you nervous start-ups, please learn from that.
(1/9/2013 6:28:55 AM)
13
Proud South African!
Go, Choni!
(1/9/2013 6:40:21 AM)
14
Fan
Beauyiful Voice! Lovin the Gangam style
(1/9/2013 7:04:42 AM)
15
Wooww
Beautiful so fresh and inspiring
Good job choni !!!
(1/9/2013 7:55:57 AM)
16
Great team
Eli Gerstner and Choni G, why not put out a CD?
That would be a great hit!
(1/9/2013 8:06:48 AM)
17
From Rochy
Choni, I'm so proud of you. That's one fantastic video. Congrats and keep it up!
(1/9/2013 8:52:43 AM)
18
really cool
very impressed
(1/9/2013 8:52:45 AM)
19
Moshe Okunov!
Moshe Okunov is the best musician out there! Great to see you!
Choni, you did an awesome job! You guys seem to work great together
(1/9/2013 8:57:37 AM)
20
Beutifule Song
A wonderful song to listen to. Indeed, Choni is a talented man.

Elimelech Levy
Sydney, Australia
(1/9/2013 9:15:53 AM)
21
GO CHABAD OF BRIGHTON
RABBI OKUNUV, THE MOST INCREDIBLE SHLIACH
(1/9/2013 9:42:48 AM)
22
Okunov
Okunov is the number one keyboard player around.
(1/9/2013 9:53:02 AM)
23
Hit Song - Hit Singer
Let the hit parade begin. Go Choni!
(1/9/2013 10:48:41 AM)
24
ATT: #2
No ur not!

I am his biggest fan!

(1/9/2013 10:50:09 AM)
25
love it!
(1/9/2013 11:21:08 AM)
26
BEST.SONG.EVER.!
CHONY!!!!
(1/9/2013 11:26:40 AM)
27
nice video!!!
the video is a little random and vocals could be much better, but good song, fun arrangement. good job!
(1/9/2013 11:53:12 AM)
28
nisbe"O"
not nisbea.

but its a bautiful song witha an amazing singer!!!!!!!!!!
(1/9/2013 12:17:01 PM)
29
love it love it
(1/9/2013 12:19:52 PM)
30
CHONY
hot stuff
(1/9/2013 12:30:10 PM)
31
Deren fans south africa
AMAZING Chons! We love u man, love the dance moves! Very rich diversity there! Wooohooo!
(1/9/2013 1:13:52 PM)
32
to number 9!
tell u the truth
I HAVE NO IDEA
I AGREE WITH U...........CHONI U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CUSUNS FROM SOUTH OF JAPAN
(1/9/2013 1:14:49 PM)
33
great job
Choni, you were wonderful. SA produces the best musicians!!

Winnie G
(1/9/2013 1:17:47 PM)
34
A mechaya !
Touched my soul - great song, beautiful lyrics, fantastic voice ! Continued Hatzlocha !
(1/9/2013 1:19:28 PM)
35
to #9
This is from kapital samech hey (psalm 65) in tehillim. Verse 5
Fortunate is (the nation)whom You choose and draw near to dwell in Your courtyards; may we be (nisbia )sated with the goodness of Your House with the holiness of Your Sanctuary
(1/9/2013 1:29:23 PM)
36
Another Proud South African
Lekke job Chon!
Keep it up!
(1/9/2013 1:51:16 PM)
37
Huro
Go Chonnie go from Yisroel & Chani
(1/9/2013 2:11:05 PM)
38
thats my bro!
keep on rockin the states!
(1/9/2013 2:14:05 PM)
39
WHY??????
It has such a potential for a great song!!!! Why ruin it with the techno stuff?
(1/9/2013 2:19:15 PM)
40
Whatta Voice!!
Choni you Rock!!
Your Fans on High Road!
(1/9/2013 2:26:49 PM)
41
love it love it
please can someone post the english lyrics, love it and wanna learn it- super job!!!
(1/9/2013 2:41:56 PM)
42
You have great things ahead of you
Choni we are all very proud of you.. You have a great shlichus ahead of you and generations of amazing people behind you. Dr. Ruth Benjamin. Johannesburg
(1/9/2013 2:45:52 PM)
43
goodd
(1/9/2013 2:53:12 PM)
44
Ata gadol
Your friends in Pretoria salut you !!!!
(1/9/2013 3:07:15 PM)
45
typical eli gerstner song
but goldman rocks it!
(1/9/2013 3:36:11 PM)
46
a salute to choni from sunny south africa
well done for making your dream come true; you really are a star, ons is trots op jou , geluk , vriende van suid afrika
(1/9/2013 3:48:59 PM)
47
Sunny South Africa
Very proud! Great voice, great talent! Keep up the awesome singing.

Mandi Silberhaft
(1/9/2013 3:50:35 PM)
48
Absolutely magnificent
What a pride and joy! Beautiful
your fans

Solarsh Fam
(1/9/2013 3:56:09 PM)
49
MOSHE OKUNOV {AKA} COCO You rock
Who ever's idea it was to put moshe okunov in this music video GREAT idea!!!!
Every time i see hi in action he blows my mind!
Your biggest fan!!!
(1/9/2013 4:02:28 PM)
50
Constructive Critisism
If Choni will read these comments I would like to give my personal opinion as someone who isnt family, smitten with him, and quite frankly never heard of him. You do have potential I think the best part of you is your spunk and youthfulness (and great wardrobe choices). I think you would do great making concerts and getting the crowd up and excited i.e. when you jump everyone wants to be up there with you. I think the techno stuff was awful-dont ruin a song with it. Your vocals could have used a better range. I couldnt understand the words of the song at all as you werent enunciating the words properly. I'd give the music video a 810 but that has nothing to do with you. And lastly I dont think Eli Gerstner is a good composer for you. You could be a new fresh voice and Eli cant give you that as most of his compositions sound too similar. I'd advise you to add some Afrikan into your music - there isnt much of that in Jewish music today. Hatzlacha rabba! Change the Jewish music scene-you could do it and take Jewish music by storm!
(1/9/2013 4:07:00 PM)
51
Mazel Tov
May it be the start of great things to come!

Steven
(1/9/2013 4:07:27 PM)
52
LOVE THE SONG
Well done Choni. You make South Africa proud. What a great talent. Waiting for your CD.
(1/9/2013 4:21:10 PM)
53
Choni
Choni, you have an amazing voice! Would love to see you go acoustic next time, the techno took away from how great of a singer you are!
(1/9/2013 4:26:22 PM)
54
A true fan
Choni you are now becoming a fast role model for all those young boys out there with great voices who can only dream of this. You are inspiring them in ways that you are not even aware of. I love your funky style and I look forward to so much more from you. One request, show us your tzistzis!!!
(1/9/2013 4:32:06 PM)
55
Finally!
@Constructive Critisism- Thank you for saying what we were all thinking but were too afraid to say.
(1/9/2013 4:49:18 PM)
56
Another proud South African
Great voice, great singing, great song! We wish you continued Hatzlocha!
Fay Flood and family
(1/9/2013 5:01:35 PM)
57
to 35
thanx for posting (i'm not the person that asked but i wanted to know)!
(1/9/2013 5:15:09 PM)
58
so talented
you are very gifted and so comfortable in public! Please keep in mind that our childrens' sensitivity to dance moves and aidelkeit is greatly impacted by all of our public figures- singers, stars, role models. it makes such a difference when effort is put into dance moves to have them come across refined. thanks for bringing a great new voice to the Jewish world of music!
(1/9/2013 5:20:13 PM)
59
Love Brighton Beach!!!
Choni you are talented,
and, you chose a place that holds a warm place in my heart.
(1/9/2013 5:39:18 PM)
60
ATT #2 and #24
omg no way! IM his biggest fan!!!
(1/9/2013 5:47:03 PM)
61
to 50
this is a comment page not a music review/ drosho page.
(1/9/2013 6:06:21 PM)
62
Moishe Okinov
You da Man man!
(1/9/2013 6:12:38 PM)
63
wow amazing
very unique!!!!!
(1/9/2013 6:16:49 PM)
64
Woohoo!
That was awesome (although I didn't really like the techno or the song, but ur voice is great!!!)!!!!! Choni, dumb articles don't get so many comments in such a short amount of time! I was sort of upset before I watched this but now I'm feelin better! Thanx, future world famous singer!
(1/9/2013 6:25:36 PM)
65
A friend of Choni's
Choni boet,

I know your voice, it's amazing. Problem is we can't hear it in this production! There's way too much techno, auto-tune. I hope you read this, we want your voice, plain and raw.

(1/9/2013 6:47:16 PM)
66
choni ur awesomee!!!!
Choni u rock!!
im ur #1 fan!!
(1/9/2013 6:53:53 PM)
67
okaaaaaaaaay.
that was interesting. I agree with # 50 about the African music but not what he says. I think you would be better at some African tribe festival rather that jewish music
(1/9/2013 8:00:58 PM)
68
go brighton beach!!!!!!!!!!!
beautiful place, the best beach by far! i love the boardwalk there!
(1/9/2013 8:02:13 PM)
69
to number 14
HOW DO U KNOW WHAT GANGUM STYLE IS??NIT A YIDISHE NIGUN!!!!!:)
MOSHIACH NOW!!!!
(1/9/2013 8:12:00 PM)
70
Agree with comment 50
I agree with comment 50. The techno trimmings take away from your voice. Let your voice stand out alone--in its beauty and rawness.
(1/9/2013 8:33:33 PM)
71
amazing
go chony your gr8 from your cuzins
(1/9/2013 8:36:52 PM)
72
BS M-Beach
Nice one Chony Danny Mioshy. My only complaint is that you filmed outside my front door and you didn't come in and say hello!?!?
(1/9/2013 8:52:12 PM)
73
to number 68
you clearly haven't seen that many beaches.
(1/9/2013 10:00:16 PM)
74
nisbia nisbia nisbia niabia ohoy betuv beisehechou
kodoish koddddoish kodoish heicholecha nisbia nisbia nisbia betuv beisecho oh oh oh oh
wa wa wa wa wa wa ehay ehhay ehe eh hay eh eh eh hay
(1/9/2013 10:40:18 PM)
75
Dale Orelowitz
I love it Chon - amazing!!! Well done - we are so proud of you!!!!!
(1/10/2013 3:15:06 AM)
76
South African
Lekke song! As it goes, "local's always lekke!" you proved it's true! Keep up all this 'lekke' work!
(1/10/2013 6:16:39 AM)
77
see you in SA
Mazeltov Choni G! what a great video. We are really proud of you! Next one must be filmed in Sunny South Africa. Nachi, Adi and Kay family (Jhb South Africa)
(1/10/2013 6:43:16 AM)
78
Yossi B.
I loved the song, and Choni topped it off with some awesome singing.Keep it coming!
(1/10/2013 11:43:19 AM)
79
A fan
I love your enthusiasm and that you have so much joy in singing and of course your voice. I would however love to see your OWN compositions. This was nice, but it seemed like you were holding back. I think if you put together something yourself, that connection to it would be much stronger (not to compare, but like 8th day). You have your own style and a great range. Looking forward to more be"H. (ps agree with letting your tzitzis swing for my sons out there).
(1/10/2013 3:24:31 PM)
80
MOSHE OKUNOV!
AMAZING PIANIST OUT THERE!)!)!)!)
(1/10/2013 8:11:58 PM)
81
love it!
(1/10/2013 9:23:44 PM)
82
Pula Nimsheches
Keep singing Choni. Add more conservative songs
(1/10/2013 9:58:49 PM)
83
Benzie in Sydney
Proud of our Choni from Sydenham,South Africa. Keep it up my friend and make the whole world sing with you.
(1/10/2013 11:49:11 PM)
84
He's right....
it's a mad mad world.....
(1/11/2013 12:49:53 AM)
85
just checking, am i missing words?
It's a mad mad world,I don't know where to turn
I need to feel safe and warm
It's been so so long and you don't know how much I yearn
Please won't you bring me home
2,000 years of the worlds rejection
Never, never have no peace
It's so good to be back with your protection
Finally the prison release?
(1/12/2013 5:44:02 PM)
86
hatzlocho
on chassidic house party band playing with you on Motzoei shabbos. will def be there
(1/12/2013 5:45:50 PM)
87
Dov and Bernice Crouse
You truly are a star Chon - we are so proud of you!
(1/13/2013 3:05:40 AM)
88
Love the way all S Africans not afraid to sign their names!
Go South Africans! Proud of your stock!
(1/13/2013 7:08:33 PM)
89
neat
way to go! the voice of the future!
(1/14/2013 3:10:19 PM)
90
Proudly South African
Yes, you are right 88. South Africans are very proud of their Yiddishkeit, their country, their community and their talent.
(1/14/2013 4:10:40 PM)
91
Choni
Is this song being sold anywhere? I'd like to download it on iTunes
(1/14/2013 5:35:17 PM)
92
to 91
nice song rerally well done

f you look for it than you will find it genious
(2/27/2013 1:30:29 AM)
93
awsome you are my star my hero my everything
i have been struggling with my inner battles for a long time. as a lubavitch youth i was attracted to the goyish non jewish music therfore my hero was 1 of them. i could not stop thinking about my latest hero TILL IT REACHED A POINT WHERE...... I REALIZED that as a frum chassidishe girl what was i doing with all this disgusting schmutz and that's when choni came around he showed me the path to JEWISH music he showed me how amazing it is he showed me you can make a song make it livly entertaining chassidish and cool. i now through chonys song now only listen to jewish music BUT PLEASE CHONT CREATE MORE OF YOUR AWSOME SONGS YOU ONLY HAVE 1 OUT THERE AND YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME SO MUCH JUST FOR ME MAKE MORE SONGS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THANK YOU SO MUCH PLEASE REPLY TO THIS COMMENT SO I KNOW YOU READ IT THANKS
(3/18/2013 11:29:13 PM)
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