Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zion80: Carlebach Afropop

Shlomo Carlebach was a legendary American Jewish rabbi, storyteller, composer, musician. Fela Kuti was a legendary Nigerian activist, musician, and originator of Afropop.  Zion80, is a relatively new project of NYC Jewish music maven Jon Madof, a fixture on the downtown NYC Jewish and improvisational music scenes that explores Carlebach's compositions through the lens of Kuti's Afropop.

Check it out.

Zion80 - Carlebach Fela Project - Ein K'elokeinu

This recording, from a December 2011 concert at the Sixth Street Synagogue includes a who's who of the NYC Jewish music scene including Frank London, Greg Wall, and Yoshi Fructer.

You can get more info at the Zion80 website, which has a few tracks up for download.  Rumor has it an album is coming soon on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

Hat tip to Sarah V who tipped me off about Zion80 this morning.

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