Episode #3450

Global Jewish Music

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Jon Madof & Zion80 Jon Madof & Zion80 (Courtesy of the artist)

For this New Sounds, hear arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from around the world.  There’s Nigerian style Afrobeat, trancey jazz, Afro-cuban dance music, a DJ collaboration, and music from the Jewish people of Uganda.  A Fela Kuti-style band, led by guitarist Jon Madof does up the prayers that Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach set to music, and takes as its name “Zion80,” a nod to Fela’s “Nigeria 70/Africa 70.”

Plus, the Algerian-Jewish pianist Maurice El Medioni and New York based Cuban-Jewish percussionist Roberto Rodriguez take advantage of their Arabic Sephardic connection, to create transcontinental Afro-Cuban dance-brilliance.  Also, hear music from Moroccan Rabbi Haim Louk and the Arab-Andalousian Orchestra of Fez, made on location by John Schaefer.

PROGRAM #3450, Global Jewish Music  (First aired on 4/4/2013)                                       





Jewish People of Uganda

Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

Hiwumbe Awumba (God Creates and then Destroys) [2:33]

Smithsonian Folkways #40504

David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!

Klezmer NY

The Streets Of Klezmer, NY [5:17]

Tzadik 7127

Jon Madof


Nygun [7:22]

Tzadik 8175

Solomon and SoCalled


Gasn nign [3:26]

Piranha 1789

Andy Statman

Between heaven and Earth

Reb Nachman's Deveykus Niggun [5:40]

Shanachie #64079
Available at

Jon Madof


Nygun Reprise [4:56]

See above.

Maurice El Medioni meets Roberto Rodriguez

Descarga Oriental

Malika [7:06]

Piranha #2003

Roberto Rodriguez

El Danzon de Moises

Jerusalem Market [6:25]

Tzadik 7158

Rabbi Haim Louk & Arab-Andalousian Orchestra of Fez

Live, Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, 2000

Ya Moulana [7:00]

This performance not commercially available.  For info on available recordings, try

Comments [4]

Jeff Fine

The link has been fixed.

Jun. 06 2013 11:38 PM
Jedd Cohen from Somerville, MA

The audio for the Global Jewish Music episode is missing ( Instead, it's the audio for the Robert Fripp episode (
But the audio on the Fripp episode page is also Fripp, so the actual Global Jewish audio is nowhere to be found. Can you fix this? I'd love to hear those recordings!


May. 28 2013 10:13 PM
Jeff Fine

When I click on the audio link for this Global Jewish Music program, I get the Robert Fripp episode. My problem or yours? thanks

May. 21 2013 08:26 PM
Stuart Sigman from Queens

Love Zion80! FYI their website is Very cool videos on there...

Apr. 04 2013 11:23 PM

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