It started as an amusing gimmick with a surprising sound but continued with its very problematic management and a pre-determined ending • Is it still possible to avoid the expected fall? • Opinion
Where will we see him in another seven years? Dekel Vaknin // Screenshot: From the clip "Pack yourself"
Earlier this week, on the Instagram page Mizrahitpage dedicated - as its name implies, to oriental Israeli music, a video surfaced that would at least be provocative. Dekel Vaknin, who in the media likes to call nicknames ranging from "Wonder Child" to "Blessing Boy," sang his song "End of Season" from a home pool as part of a private party, surrounded by an audience celebrating summer. There is really no point in dwelling on the element of social distance in the description of the video (spoiler: it is not present in any way), but you can give the audience a tip or two about the required distance between microphone and amplification system and wet hands, although this is a lesson you would expect from twenties. Dancing around the palm (14), celebrating and waving hands, understand for themselves.
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In another video, the same young nightingale appears, dancing ecstatically to the sounds of trance music with other entertainers, again this time those who look much older than him. Some of them bend down during the dance to match his height, shouting his name in front of his face. Did you also ever go out while dancing at a party to shout the name and last name of the dancer in front of you in a frenzy? probably not. The whole business feels a bit like a bunch of adults, at least in terms of a birth year, holding a young person for entertainment attraction needs, like a magician or a clown at a birthday party for kindergarten children. Even if Vaknin himself seems quite enthralled by the sounds of the music and perhaps the euphoria that intensifies his steps on the lawn, something in this picture feels a little unpleasant.
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Two weeks earlier, Dekel released his new song "Pack Yourself" accompanied by a clip that also, what do you know, involves a home pool party. In the course of an imitating reality art that mimics reality and is immersed in chlorine, the clip shows Dekel celebrating in the company of men who look double his age (at least) who are portrayed for the plot as his legitimate friends for everything. Even if we put aside the puzzling lyrics ("Pack yourself and go to the parents, because lately you're just ruining moments, you're an animal of quarrels you act like a girl, because of your complexes in the end I'll still be a class"), the clip contains all the clichés 'And with a possible masculine. From sports cars to quantities of alcohol, photographed against the background of the star of the clip, between which and the legal possibility of consuming them or driving them separate several years.
If we go back a few more weeks, we will again find Dekel in the headlines, this time due to a well-publicized business breakup from Liam Productions, Eyal Golan's production company, which signed him to a contract for several projects, they claim, just two months earlier. It was a respectable farewell, neither side took out the dirty laundry in the media, but the relationship itself was short enough to raise questions. In the middle were also successes such as an ice cream and imitation campaign in "A Wonderful Land", because as is well known - an important sign in popular culture to be an object of imitation, is to be recognized enough to justify imitation. But with all due respect to the popsicles, it was the publications from May that dealt with the singing boy's performance and a greeting he sent in a song between well-known rivals from the world of crime that made more headlines. Not exactly the kind of positive publicity generated by the small and captivating blessing industry that Vaknin had rolled out shortly before. The parents, for their part, claimed it was a mistake.
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It is clear that the current era when it comes to music and popular culture sanctifies success at a young age, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus abroad, or Adi Beatty and Noa Kirl in Israel, a few examples among many. The latter, by the way, is exemplary, accompanied (at least in the early stages of her career ) In her father who stood by her side at every show or reception, and it was evident that she had the maturity and ingenuity to navigate herself to places where the value of her brand would only improve.
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Kirl is a great example of the possibility that not every career that begins at a young age ends up in a public nervous breakdown and mental collapse, but it can certainly happen and especially among stellar children. Without questioning Dekel's musical talent (which indeed exists, even if it is not yet polished enough at this stage to showcase it) - it seems that something here is not really managed properly and may end very badly.
In a period of about five months, Vaknin has become a singing phenomenon from an Instagram anchor, which has been commemorated in television interviews, stickers and language coins. Yinon Magal seals many of his tweets on "Love, Palm", and on quite a few people's Facebook the joke "A rainy day is already the end of the season" appeared in statuses about the rain that continued to fall here even into the onset of spring. Thanks in no small part to the corona, Vaknin has become a familiar figure in every home - with one song and a successful gimmick.
Months have passed, a second wave has arrived, and it seems that when it comes to personal and media conduct - this is a rolling event of poor planning and perhaps problematic judgment. Could it be that the desire to see the talented kid break out and become a superstar, the kind that joins a panel of judges on reality shows, outweighs the logic? Could it be that in the present case, the prodigy is not yet mature in the spotlight? How many children do you know who found themselves in headlines and videos at varying levels of difficulty, even before they reached the legal age to drive a driver's license? Even Justin Bieber waited a bit with the scandals, between the phase of the boy who knows how to sing and the phase of the rebellious teenager.
It is clear that Lukanin is a supportive and loving parent, but his parents may not be knowledgeable enough in the world of culture and media taps to understand that at this point, with older men dancing around him as if he were a circus attraction, the wonder remains only the child.
It could be that Shoknin will grow up and become a big name in Mediterranean singing, long after the age gimmick wears off. At the moment, the fear of writing these lines, and according to quite a few comments on the Internet, probably from many others, is expressed in an informed prophecy: a cover interview in one of the cultural supplements, in seven years. Vaknin will talk there about the fame, the difficult times and the problematic media conduct that were his lot at too young an age. The scars will be expressed in a promo that will wake up the whole country, in the photo of Dekel the man looking at his young figure dancing at a pool party and a tear flowing down his cheek. "Now he's back with a new album," it will read, "more mature, more sober, wanting to speak to your heart." The headline for the sensational article, "Rainy Day," has already been written. It remains only to hope that it is not too late for Palm and the team that surrounds it to put the rainy day behind and open a new season.