The 6th Annual Sephardic Music Festival will be lighting up the eight nights of Hanukkah in venues around New York from December 1st through 8th. The kick-off event of the festival is an Art Rave and Fashion Show at 7pm on Wednesday, December 1st (the first night of Hanukkah) at 220 36th street in a 20,000 square foot loft with a view of the East River in Brooklyn’s Industry City. The Sephardic Music Festival is the first Jewish music festival to focus on the untapped musical culture of Jews who trace their roots to Spain, Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Check out the audio player and more info on the official SMF CD! (below)
The official Sephardic Music Festival compilation album is scheduled for release on November 30, 2010. The CD features the latest Mizrahi, Yemenite, and Ladino musical talent. The album showcases a mix of traditional, dance, electro, hip hop, and folk songs from around the Sephardic world. Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu combines a suite of Middle Eastern inspired hip hop riffs with a time-honored Yemenite chorus sung by Yehuda Solomon. Yasmin Levy’s impassioned song “Mi Korasón” (My Heart) emphasizes the underappreciated romantic side of the Ladino language. The Moshav — an L.A. based group of expatriate Israeli musicians — contributes a powerful rendition of the Yemenite wedding song “Abba Shimon” in Judeo-Arabic. Yair Dalal, the world-renowned Sephardic musician who performed at the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize Gala in Oslo, offers a memorable interpretation of the classic Sabbath song “Ya Ribon.” Like the Sephardic Music Festival itself, this compilation displays the diversity that exists within the Jewish community.
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