Zusha (band)

Zusha is an American Hasidic folk/soul band from Manhattan, New York. They formed in 2013 with guitarist Zachariah Goldschmiedt; the band, named after Zusha of Hanipol, combines traditional Hasidic niggunim with secular styles like jazz and reggae. Their self-titled debut EP, released on October 28, 2014, reached No. 9 on Billboard's World Albums chart, while their debut full-length album, reached No. 2. Zusha was formed in 2013 by Shlomo Gaisin, Zachariah Goldschmiedt, Elisha Mlotek. All three had prior music backgrounds: Gaisin was the lead singer of the Jewish rock band JudaBlue, Goldschmiedt was the lead singer and producer for the electro-funk band Ch!nch!lla, Mlotek is the son of Folksbiene director Zalmen Mlotek and grandson of Yiddish musicologist Eleanor Mlotek. Gaisin and Mlotek met at a Chabad house in Bowery, both were introduced to Goldschmiedt through a mutual friend, they began rehearsing in friends' apartments, recording their sessions via iPhone, until Dani Bronstein, their current manager and Rabbi Avram Mlotek, Elisha Mlotek's brother, encouraged them to share their music more publicly.

Zusha's self-titled debut EP was recorded and produced by Mason Jar Music and released on October 28, 2014, two days after the band's first show at the Mercury Lounge with Levi Robin. The EP subsequently reached No. 9 on Billboard's World Albums chart. In December, they performed at the Knitting Factory and opened for Soulfarm at the Highline Ballroom; the EP features cover art by Chezi Gerin. In 2015, they gave a Purim concert with G-Nome Project at the Bowery Ballroom and a Havdalah concert at the Atlanta Jewish Academy, they performed at the Kulturfest Yiddish Soul concert at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, alongside Hasidic pop stars Avraham Fried and Lipa Schmeltzer, cantors Joseph Malovany and Yaakov Lemmer, klezmer trumpeter Frank London. In May, they played at the Washington, D. C. Jewish Community Center as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival; the band's first full-length album, was released on January 5, 2016, subsequently reached No. 2 on Billboard's World Albums chart. A music video was filmed for the song "Mashiach".

The album's song "Pashut" was featured in the trailer for the 2017 film Menashe, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. A Colorful World, Zusha’s second full album, was released on September 4, 2017. Unlike their previous albums, most songs on A Colorful World feature Hebrew lyrics of some sort, whether biblical or more modern; the album marked Elisha Mlotek’s departure from the band. Zusha’s third full album, When the Sea Split, released on September 1, 2019. Zusha's music combines the wordless vocals and improvised nature of traditional nigunim with elements folk, soul and ska. Influences cited by the band include Shlomo Carlebach, Bob Dylan, Damian Marley, Yosi Piamenta; the band is associated with the Hasidic hipster and neo-Hasidism movements, although they have debated the latter term, arguing that they are rediscovering Hasidism rather than reinventing it. They have rejected the label of being "Jewish music", with Mlotek saying, "The music is deeper than religion. It’s deeper than a faith.

I'm Jewish. Let’s start from there." CurrentShlomo Gaisin – lead vocals Zachariah Goldschmiedt – guitar, vocalsFormerElisha Mlotek – percussion, vocals AlbumsKavana A Colorful World When the Sea Split EPsZusha Singles"Yoel's Niggun" "Brother" "Mashiach" “Modeh” “Baruch Hashem” “Reb Shayaleh” “The Seder Song” "Basi Legani" "Kadshaynu" Music videos"Mashiach" “King” "Hatikvah" “Ad Shetehe” Official website


Porcupinefishes or balloonfishes, are any of the various species of the genus Diodon, the type genus of Diodontidae. Fish of the genus Diodon have: two-rooted, movable spines distributed over their bodies. Beak-like jaws, used to crush their hard-shelled prey, they differ from the burrfishes, which, in contrast, have fixed, rigid spines. Like true pufferfishes of the related family Tetraodontidae, porcupinefishes can inflate themselves. Once inflated, a porcupinefish's erected spines stand perpendicular to the skin, whereupon they pose a major difficulty to their predators: a large porcupinefish, inflated can choke a shark to death. According to Charles Darwin in The Voyage Of the Beagle, Darwin was told by a Doctor Allen of Forres, UK that the Diodon had been found "floating alive and distended, in the stomach of the shark" and had been known to chew its way out of shark bodies after being swallowed, causing the death of its attacker, they may be poisonous, through the accumulation of ciguatera.

There are five recognized extant species in this genus: Fossils of porcupinefishes are known from Tertiary-aged marine strata. These species are similar to modern species. Fossil species include: Diodon tenuispinus, from the Ypresian-aged Monte Bolca lagerstatte. Diodon scyllai, from middle Miocene-aged Piemonte, Italy