If you saw “America’s Got Talent” last night, you saw some pretty epic beat-boxing–and you know it’s something the judges have probably never seen before.
Dressed in their traditional white shirts, black pants, black velvet kippot, and tzitzit, two Orthodox yeshiva students from Manhattan, Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton, took the stage.
They beatboxed to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” and it was so good that the judges voted them onto the next round. When Howie Mandell asked how they met, their story was even better. Swartz-Brownstein described how they met at an unlikely place three years ago:
“We were both in Israel at the same time, and we met at the Western Wall, which is the holiest place in the Jewish tradition.”
And ever since, they’ve been performing together; Leviton is known as “The Orthobox” and Swartz-Brownstein goes by “The Aleph Bass.” In addition, Leviton has performed with the Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats, while Swartz-Brownstein is a member of the YU group the Y-Studs.
Of course, don’t forget to check out the video here–it’s awesome: