PHOTOS FROM OUR 11TH SEPHARDIC MUSIC FESTIVAL – It all went down this past #Chanukah, after 10 years in NYC, The Sephardic Music Festival made its way to #LA for its second year. The annual festival is a #music and #arts celebration, showcasing #musicians from around world that mix traditional,#dance, #electro, #hiphop, and #folk #songs. SMF is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less familiar but captivating #culture of the#Jewish communities of #Spain/#Portugal, #NorthAfrica, the #MiddleEast, and Central #Asia.
Past SMF performers had included #YemenBlues, #YairDalal, #Matisyahu,#Moshav, #Asefa, #AssafAvidan and more.
The winter festival was held in #LosAngeles from December 9th through the 14th, schedule below:
December 9th, 2015: The Sephardic Music Festival partners up with 30 Years After, JIMENA, and the Israeli Consulate for an intimate acoustic evening dubbed, “Shedding Light on Mizrahi Remembrance Day.” Festival goers are invited to light the nights’s candle at this multi-media event, as people from all over come together to remember & celebrate Mizrahi history and culture through art and music, with a one-time-only “City of Refuge” acoustic set by Automatic Toys. This will be the second annual Mizrahi Remembrance Month and the official day of commemoration of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran.
<> 7pm, Free @ Voila! 518 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles,CA 90036
December 10th, 2015: “Sephardic Remix Night” is a special East meets West as we celebrate Jewish diversity with live music, DJs and Celebrity food blogger and chef, Nina Safar of Kosher in the Kitch fame. Diwon will fuse Yemenite music with electro hip-hop and cinematic psychedelia, drawing inspiration from the Middle Eastern musical canon, while a live bands (Melanchloe & Sababa Sali) blends musical styles from varied traditions. In addition to all the music, Nina Safar will be giving latkes a holiday remix, as she fuses together traditional potato latkes with modern flavors.
<> 8pm, Free with RSVP @ Gallery 38, 5376 W. Adams Blvd, 90016.
December 14th, 2015: SMF takes over HUNNYPOT LIVE #331. Join the Hunnypot crew as Kosha Dillz & Diwon take over with a special holiday and SMF rendition of some of their tracks. They will also debut their 8 minute mixtape for Chanukah. The evning will also include performances by Hot Tub Johnnie (DJ set), Cameron Parkins (Superhumanoids DJ set), Barrie and The Stars, The Milky Way, Tropical Nasty and more.
<> 8pm, FREE @ The Mint, 6010 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
* Founded by American-Israeli producer Diwon, the Sephardic Music Festival’s goal is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground. The festival offers a platform for performers of traditional Sephardic folk music and innovators who fuse traditional Sephardic rhythms, melodies, and motifs with modern musical styles. With an incredible range of artists this year, the Sephardic Music Festival presents a colorful tapestry of music and culture as rich, vibrant, and diverse as the Jewish world itself.
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