Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
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He is el judio of Los Lobos. It takes cheek to check out an all-Chicano band and not wonder, "Where do I belong as a Jew?" But Steve Berlin had no such burdens; the protean music man of sax appeal and keyboard craft first heard the group perform some 30 years ago, and immediately tapped into their tapas tones and...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
Toronto native and Philadelphia transplant Chana Rothman, 37, has staked out a niche mashing together breezy hip-hop beats, sunny acoustic reggae, and a warm mouthy flow that draws lyrically from Hebrew liturgy and relaxed, left-wing politics. Chana Rothman's new self-released album is of a "Beautiful Land." On "Lay Down Your Swords," she code-switches between English and Hebrew, singing over a...
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Matt Bar would like you to know that he's not white -- just Jewish.
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So, Bela Fleck, when you throw down your heart, does it always come up with a banjo riff? "Absolutely," says the legendary picker and pick of the Grammy Award committee innumerable times for his musical musings -- including the 2011 Best Contemporary World Music Album, "Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions, Part 2: Unreleased Tracks." Indeed, the instrument releases an...
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Mordechai Shinefield, JE Feature
The first time Jews and Afropop met in popular culture, Paul Simon was flying out to South Africa to lay down some tracks with the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo about visiting Elvis Presley's mansion in Graceland. Like Simon, Fool's Gold has done a bit of globetrotting as well, playng New York and Paris, and now they're heading to...
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