Donor support for Shemspeed, L.L.C.’s project such as the Sephardic Music Festival are essential to produce successful programs, projects and events. Shemspeed’s goal is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground. By way of this work, we put forth a public Jewish face to multi-cultural, inter-faith, creative, and collaborative bridge-building. Shemspeed and the Sephardic Music Festival are dedicated to promoting events that showcase the best of the multi-cultural art world, is the official organizer of SMF.
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Founded by American-Israeli producer, Diwon, The Sephardic Music Festival is an eight night Chanukah celebration which takes place at numerous venues around New York City. The festival showcases the latest Sephardic musical talents from all over the world, including Mizrahi, Yemenite, and Ladino traditions. The SMF highlights the diversity that exists within the Sephardic branch of Jewish culture and history by showcasing today’s Sephardic musical talents in the United States. The evenings range from Middle Eastern parties to educational workshops including, the Sephardic Scholar Series which assembles a panel of ethnomusicologists and performers to discuss the roots of sounds being presented. Other Jewish music festivals have mostly been dominated by Ashkenazic (Eastern European) beats and melodies, whereas the SMF is the first to exclusively focus on Sephardic tunes and culture. Past performers have included Yair Dalal, Ex-Shotei Hanevua, Hadag Nachash, Electro Morocco, Pharaoh’s Daughter, Matisyahu, & Diwon.