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Chicka Morena (Ladino Music Video)
September 28, 2014at 9:24 pm

American-born Sarah Aroeste continues to push the boundaries of contemporary Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music by releasing a new pop-style video of an original Ladino song, “Chika Morena.” Off of Aroeste’s most recent Ladino album, Gracia, Chika Morena is an original song about the iconic Sephardic “morena” figure: the gypsy girl wandering the world in search of returning home. The video is produced and directed by Erez Safar and Bancs Media.

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SEMITIC KEFFIYEH VERSION 3.0 PRE-ORDER
July 14, 2014at 4:50 am

New-Semitic-Swag3Introducing the 3.0 version of the epic Semitic Keffiyeh! The new version is bigger measuring 44×45″, 100% Cotton with a contrasting strips and the Star of David throughout. A tonal rendition of the keffiyeh is a subtle stylish way to express your Semitic pride. The latest version comes in your choice of our original Blue and White with stylish matching grey lines around the other edges and a white and beige color which is the perfect accent accessory for most any wardrobe.

BUY NOW: BLUE & WHITE SEMITIC KEFFIYEH VERSION 3.0

BUY NOW: BEIGE SEMITIC KEFFIYEH VERSION 3.0

BUY NOW: WE HAVE 50 LEFT OF OUR ARMY GREEN SEMITIC KEFFIYEH’S

CHECK OUT THESE AND MORE AT SEMITICSWAG.COM/STORE

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This Is Israel
July 14, 2014at 4:47 am

AND this is where the rockets (missiles) have been hitting: http://redalert.co.il

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Son of Israel
May 19, 2014at 3:44 am

Check out another hot track by Behn-Shakhar Ben-Israel (20), aka “Ben Blackwell”. Behn has always been unique. Growing up in Arad and living in Tiberias, one would assume he is just like many other ordinary Israelis. He observes the Sabbath and holidays, speaks Hebrew, and observes a Kosher vegan diet. He also plans to serve in the IDF. However, Behn comes from a very unique world adding to the increasingly diverse fabric that makes up Israeli society.

Behn is a part of the “African Hebrew Israelites,” a community of African-Americans based in Chicago who believe they are descended from ancient Israelites who fled to Africa and later were taken to America as slaves. In 1969 they came to southern Israel on the heels of a prophecy to establish the Kingdom of God in what they believe is “the land of their origin.” There are now roughly 2,000 of them living communal, vegan lifestyles in what Blackwell repeatedly describes as “the land of milk and honey.”

Keep up with him on his FB

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Bar Yochai MP3′s (From a Cave to Hollywood)
May 18, 2014at 4:54 am

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was one of the deepest spiritual beings that ever existed. His fame is known because of the Zohar (The Book of Splendor). A lot of Americans are familiar with the Zohar and Kabbalah from Madonna and Ashton Kutcher, but the real thing is the polar opposite of US Weekly. The Zohar is a series of books which is the basis for most mystical thought in Judaism. Today marks the anniversary of his passing and to celebrate his life and contribution 3 Shemspeed artists wrote songs dedicated to his memory. The first is by Y-Love & Yuri Lane and combines beat box and ancient Aramaic, a language that was popular in the time of the Talmud. You could download their full Sefira album of Beat Box and Raps made with no instruments at all, here. The second is by Benyamin and blends moroccan melodies with a club rhythm.

Y-Love & Yuri Lane - “Bar Yochai V. 613″ 3:20 – (Free Download)
* Download the track Free and then pick up the full album with Y-Love & Yuri Lane on Shemspeed Direct, HERE.

Benyamin – “Bar Yochai” 3:23 – (Free Download)
* Download the track Free and then pick up Benyamin’s “Shir HaShirim” on Shemspeed Direct, HERE.

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The LA Sephardic Music Festival Recap/Teaser (Video)
April 20, 2014at 6:37 pm

After nine years in New York, we brought our Sephardic Music Festival (SMF) to Los Angeles, California between March 2 — 11, 2014. The Sephardic Music Festival is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less familiar but captivating culture of the Jews who lived for centuries among the vibrant cultures of North Africa, Spain, and the Middle East. The festival is a cross-generational Jewish diversity party, blending events that are more traditional with party nights that are more trap based.

The festival featured Yemen Blues, Asaf Avidan, Diwon, Automatic Toys, David Sussia, Shahs of Sinai, The Sephardic Story Slam, Body Painting, Drum Circle classes, Jewelry and Hamsa making, Belly Dancing and lots more.

Keep up with the festival right here and at our Facebook page.

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Photos from the festival! (more to come)
March 8, 2014at 12:52 am

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 4.43.32 PMWe just got back from our 4th and 5th event for the Sephardic Music Festival (Shahs of Sinai hookahs, world music and a Persian appetizer buffet followed by our Unplugged day! It was very chill, spiritual and much welcomed as the middle of the festival events. The festival will continue through Tuesday! And We were just chosen at one of the Top 5 Things to do in L.A. by the LA Weekly and our full story is featured in the Jewish Journal. See you at our next events, Asaf Avidan on Saturday night at Luckman and the Sephardic Story Slam on Tuesday night with some of your favorite story slammers followed by a performance by AUtomatic Toys at Bancs!

Check out the photos from the festival, here

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Opening Night Was Epic, Next Up!…..
March 3, 2014at 6:13 pm

photo 1Opening night of our Sephardic Music Fest with Yemen Blues was hands down the most incredible live performance we have ever seen…such a high level of showmanship and musicianship…

NEXT UP WE HAVE PERFORMANCES BY:

ASAF AVIDAN – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAMNWzfjcg
AUTOMATIC TOYS – https://soundcloud.com/automatictoys-israelmusic/automatic-toys-nechama-berry
SARAH AROESTE – http://saraharoeste.bandcamp.com/track/la-comida-la-manana
DIWON – https://soundcloud.com/diwon/sabramixtape?in=diwon/sets/diwon-mixtapes

CATEGORY / LOS ANGELES SMF / / /
LA Weekly’s Events Front Page!
February 28, 2014at 9:47 am

SMFLAWEEKLY222We knew that the Sephardic Music Festival’s schedule would appear in LA Weekly, but had no idea that Erez Safar a.k.a. Diwon, the festivals producer, would be the front page for events section!

Here’s what they wrote: “The way most American’s perceive traditional Jewish culture is defined by the Ashkenazi, who originally immigrated from central and eastern Europe, and to comprise the majority of Jewish immigrants in the United States. By contrast, the Sephardim came from Spain, Portugal, North Africa, The Middle East and Central Asia, and their culture is fairly different from that of their Ashkenazi cousins. Instead of Yiddish they speak Ladino, and instead of bagels, they eat burkes. Rather than klezmer music, Sephardic styles reflect roots in a range of musical traditions found along the Mediterranean. After 9 years in New York, The Sephardic Music Festival kicks off its West Coast debut with Sunday’s Sephardic World Arts Day, which features 9 workshops. Learn everything from olive-curing to jewelry making before catching a performance by James Brown meets Yemenite band, Yemen Blues. The festival features a jam-packed line-up of both established and up and coming performers, including the Ladino songstress Sarah Aroeste.” Full schedule at http://smfevents.com

CLICK HERE TO SEE LA WEEKLY’S COVERAGE ONLINE

CATEGORY / LOS ANGELES SMF / / /
GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD OF OUR COMPILATION ALBUM VOL. 2
February 28, 2014at 9:25 am

SMF12-CD_1600x1600-2THE SEPHARDIC MUSIC FESTIVAL COMES TO L.A. MARCH 2 – 11, 2014

TO CELEBRATE, SMFLA & THE JEWISH JOURNAL ARE GIVING AWAY VOL. 2 OF THE SEPHARDIC MUSIC FESTIVAL COMPILATION ALBUM.

EMAIL: SMFLA@BANCSMEDIA.COM TO RECEIVE A FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE FULL ALBUM.

* The album features hot tracks by Cheb i Sabbah, Sarah Aroeste, Watcha Clan, DeLeon, Mor Karbasi, Diwon and lots more!

click here to read the Jewish Journal’s feature on SMF!


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3/2/2014 YEMEN BLUES @ THE LUCKMAN (LA)
3/5/2014 ucLADINO @ UCLA (LA)
3/5/2014 SARAH AROESTE @ FOWLER (LA)
3/5/2014 SHAHS OF SINAI @ DAHAB (LA)
3/6/2014 ucLADINO @ UCLA (LA)
3/8/2014 ASAF AVIDAN @ THE LUCKMAN (LA)
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