Sephardic Music Festival Vol. 1

Volume 1 of SMF’s fundraiser compilation series is 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 under-appreciated romantic side of the Ladino language. The Moshav Band — an L.A. based group of expatriate Israeli musicians — contributes a powerful rendition of the Yemenite wedding song “Abba Shimon” in Judeo Arabic. Electro Morocco bring the infectious fun, funk and Middle Eastern and Balkan electro vibes on “Joe Pill”. Sarah Aroeste’s “Hija Mia” gets remixed and re-imagined by Balkan Beat Box’s Tamir Muskat making it not only beautiful, but banging. In addition, 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 Shabbat song “Ya Ribon.” Closing out the compilation is the final poem and prayer of King Solomon’s ‘Song of Song’ as interpreted by Benyamin, Dugans and Diwon with Moroccan melodies and downtempo grooves. The compilation is as diverse and beautiful as the festival itself.

Featuring tracks by Matisyahu, Moshav, Yasmin levy, Yari Dalal, Galeet Dardashti, Diwon & more!

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