Featuring rollicking tracks from hip bands like Golem! (School of Dance) and Kayama (Bob Marley-esque Vehistakel), the collection spans many eras and geographic regions.
Classics abound, from a graceful interpretation of Bosnian singer-songwriter Flory Jagodas Ladino Hannukah favorite, Ochos Kandelikas, sung by Alisa Fineman; the always fun Hava Nagila (as Ben Rudnick & Friends kick up their heels);or dreydl-spinning good times (Klezmer Conservatory Bands version of Mickey Katzs The Dreydl Song and Julie Silvers SVivon Sov, Sov, Sov, done bossa nova style).
The collection also takes on a delightfully global perspective on Jewish musical celebrations: The Abayudaya people of Uganda sing about brotherly love (Hinei Ma Tov combines Hebrew and the local language of Luanda) with harmonies and phrasing that are distinctly East African. A rising star on the Yiddish scene, Moldovan singer Vira Lozinsky highlights this small nation Jewish roots (“n Alte Mil). A tango by German Yiddish singer Karsten Troyke and ska byKing Django (“eveinu Shalom Aleichem),are examples of the unexpected, uplifting songs on A Jewish Celebration.
The mix of ancient roots and contemporary influences shines a light on the world of Jewish Celebration.