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Episode #3450

Global Jewish Music

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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

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Jewish People of Uganda

Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

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

Smithsonian Folkways #40504
www.folkways.si.edu

David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!

Klezmer NY

The Streets Of Klezmer, NY [5:17]

Tzadik 7127
www.tzadik.com

Jon Madof

Zion80

Nygun [7:22]

Tzadik 8175
www.tzadik.com

Solomon and SoCalled

Hiphopkhasene

Gasn nign [3:26]

Piranha 1789
www.piranha.de

Andy Statman

Between heaven and Earth

Reb Nachman's Deveykus Niggun [5:40]

Shanachie #64079
Available at Amazon.com

Jon Madof

Zion80

Nygun Reprise [4:56]

See above.

Maurice El Medioni meets Roberto Rodriguez

Descarga Oriental

Malika [7:06]

Piranha #2003
www.piranha.de

Roberto Rodriguez

El Danzon de Moises

Jerusalem Market [6:25]

Tzadik 7158
www.tzadik.com

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
www.haimlouk.com

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