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CD, 2 Discs, Released on 2014

Judeo-Spanish Songs for the Life Cycle in the Eastern Mediterranean by VariousJudeo-Spanish Songs for the Life Cycle in the Eastern Mediterranean by Various

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Additional Title: Cantares Judeo-españoles del Ciclo de la Vida en el Mediterráneo Oriental

Author:Susana Weich-Shahak

Publisher: Jewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Place of Publication:

Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Anthology of Music Traditions in Israel

Volume: 24

Pages: 2 CD + Booklet

Languages: Ladino (Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo)

Tradition: Eastern Sephardi

Description: The album includes folksongs in Ladino that Sephardic Jews used to sing in events of the life cycle in their communities in Turkey, the Balkans and Israel. The recordings and accompanying commentaries are the work of Dr. Susana Weich-Shahak, one of the veteran associate researchers of the JMRC and one of the most prominent scholars of the folksong in Ladino worldwide. These CDs summarize the ethnographic work of Weich-Shahak at the JMRC and the National Sound Archives of the Israel National Library that span for over four decades. Eighty-seven songs are included in the CDs, some of them rare pearls, some of them in different versions, all performed by the best folksingers, mostly women, from the Sephardic communities of Turkey and the Balkan who were recorded in Israel after their immigration. The CDs are accompanied by a substantial trilingual booklet (English, Spanish, and Hebrew) that includes detailed commentaries on the contexts of performance of the songs, their language and literary content as well as the musical styles of the melodies.

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