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Must Have: Alternative Jewish Grooves for Passover

With Purim now safely behind us (you're not too hungover to shop, are you?) and Passover a mere four weeks away, it's time to start getting in the seder mood. If we've learned anything from the big stories this week, … Read More

By / March 22, 2008

With Purim now safely behind us (you're not too hungover to shop, are you?) and Passover a mere four weeks away, it's time to start getting in the seder mood. If we've learned anything from the big stories this week, it's that the lines between races and cultures can be very shifty. Hence, a collection of culturally and musically diverse tunes to serve as the soundtrack to your seder planning—or a good-humored gift for the person hosting you.

 

The SoCalled Seder

"A mini hip hop symphony filled with old Jewish samples centered around the theme of the Passover Seder."

 

 

This is the Afro-Semitic Experience

"A mix of Jewish and African-American music both sacred and secular…The Afro-Semitic Experience is an ensemble dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African diaspora. Multi-cultural soul."

 

Reggae Passover

"Reggae and West African arrangements of traditional and original music for the exodus holiday of Passover, played by an international ensemble featuring reggae artists, cantors, and some of the finest drummers West Africa has to offer."

 

Abayudaya: The Music of the Jews of Uganda

"A unique collection of African-Jewish music in which the rhythms and harmonies of Africa blend with Jewish celebration and traditional Hebrew prayer. This compelling repertoire is rooted in local Ugandan music and infused with rich choral singing, Afro-pop, and traditional drumming."

 

Previously: Letters of Creation Necklace, Readymade Purim Baskets

 

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