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Ballads, Wedding Songs and Piyyutim of the Sephardic Jews of Tetuan and Tangier, Morocco

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Ballads, Wedding Songs and Piyyutim of the Sephardic Jews of Tetuan and Tangier, Morocco

The songs on this 1983 Folkways release are both soulful and haunting, reminders of a "golden age" prior to 1492, when Jews were expelled from Spain. The Jews of Tetuan, which became one of the most important Jewish communities in North Africa, preserved the old ballads in Medieval Spanish, and for daily use spoke an updated idiom. Here women sing romance and ritual songs a cappella, while a cantor from Tangier performs the piyyutim, the religious poetry written in Hebrew by the great Medieval Jewish writers and sung in the synagogue during services.

Liner notes include song lyrics in Spanish and their English translation as well as a history of the Jewish presence in Morocco and northern Africa.

Track Listing

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Dice la nuestra novia - Says the Bride-to-Be Alicia Benassayag de Bendayam 3:14
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102
En ca de mi padre - In the House of My Father Flora Benamol 3:25
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Aunque le di la mano - Although I Gave Him My Hand Flora Benamol 1:14
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Fuerame a banar a orillas del rio - I Went to Bathe at the River's Edge Flora Benamol 2:14
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El Cabrito - One Kid Alicia Benassayag de Bendayam 3:00
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Yo me levantara un lunes - I Arose on a Monday Flora Benamol 2:55
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Mose salio de Misrain - Moses Left Egypt Alicia Benassayag de Bendayam 2:29
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Una Hija tiene el rey - The King Has a Daughter Alicia Benassayag de Bendayam 2:24
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Nuestro Senor Elohenu Alicia Benassayag de Bendayam 3:15
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La Gallarda Flora Benamol 3:50
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Persona soy yo, el bien sidi - I Am a Human Being, Good Sir Female singer 2:09
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Brillana - Briana Ester Kadosh Israel 4:11
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Piyyut: City of Joy Solomon Siboni 2:50
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Piyyut: The Overseer Solomon Siboni 2:31
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Piyyut: God Is Alive Solomon Siboni 2:33
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Piyyut: From the Mouth of God Solomon Siboni 1:31
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Piyyut: My Wintry Days Solomon Siboni 2:49
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Piyyut: Your Love Is Sweet Solomon Siboni 1:13
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