Global Jewish Music

Zion 80 explores the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach through the lens of the Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

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
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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]

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