Shalom Life | July 17, 2015

Dionne Warwick to Roger Waters: Art Has No Boundaries

Despite the Pink Floyd frontman trying to force artists to cancel shows in Israel, the songstress is committed to her fans

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: May 6th, 2015 in Culture » Music » News

Photo: Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick is taking a stand against Roger Waters, and her Israeli fans couldn’t be happier. In fact, now we'll be able to add her to this list.

The American songstress is slated to perform in Tel Aviv later this year, and despite increasing pressure from the Pink Floyd frontman, who is trying to get entertainers to cancel their performances in Israel as part of the BDS movement, Warwick is holding her own.

“[Ms. Warwick] would never fall victim to the hard pressures of Roger Waters, from Pink Floyd, or other political people who have their views on politics in Israel,” a statement to the press reads.

“Waters’ political views are of no concern to Ms. Warwick, as she holds her own unique view on world matters. Art has no boundaries. Ms. Warwick will always honor her contracts,” it continued.

Warwick’s public statement, and Israel’s collective sigh of relief, comes only a few days after Lauryn Hill cancelled her show in the Jewish state. Despite having confirmed the show several times, and reassuring her fans she would be attending, Hill ended up pulling her show thanks to Waters, Alice Walker, and other organizations, strongarming artists looking to play in Israel.

“If Ms. Warwick had an objection to performing in Israel, no offer would have been entertained and no contract would have been signed,” the statement read.

“I always enjoy the wonderful audiences that Israel brings out!” Warwick said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. “I think of the colourful people and the beautiful scenery.”

We're happy you enjoy, Ms. Warwick. After all, that's what friends are for.

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