Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More possible musicians for Detroit's JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Fest: Sephardic / Mizrachi musicians

Here is a list of Sephardic / Mizrachi musicians that I passed along to the JCC Stephen Gottlieb Music Fest committee. For more of an explanation see yesterday's post about Yiddish singers.

Pharaoh's Daughter
Led by Basya Shecter, Pharaoh's Daughter plays neo-psychedelic Sephardic/Mizrachi folk rock. A friend described them as "a Jewish Jim Morrison getting lost in the desert." Something like that.

Led by Galeet Dardashti, Divhan plays Sephardic/Mizrachi folk music. A bit more mannered than Pharaoh's Daughter, but equally great.

Smadar Levi
Israeli singer of Morrocan descent

Yasmin Levy
Wonderful Sephardic vocalist. A mainstay on the world music festival circuit.

Sara Aroeste
Sephardic Ladino rock band

Sephardic psychedelic indie-rock band. Saw them live last fall and they were GREAT.

Yair Dalal
Israeli "Ethnic Musician," which means something like Mizrachi folk music treated as art music without becoming theatrical. wonderful.

Jaffa Road
Sephardic/Mizrachi group from Toronto.

Jaffa Road also just recorded a wonderful album of original Jewish
wedding music called The Hupah Project and sometimes performs under
that name

Cantor Aaron Bensoussan
Moroccan born Aaron Bensoussan performs Cantorial, Yiddish, Ladino and
Moroccan Folk Music, as well as jazz w/Uri Caine

Flory Jagoda
Grande Dame of Sephardic music, songwriter of Hanukkah classic "Ocho
Kandelikas" and NEA heritage award winner. In this video, she's
singing with Cantor Gaston (see below)

Cantor Gaston
Cantor in MA, originally from Argentina. Sephardic music with South American flair.

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