Judeo-Spanish songs

Listen to the playlist dedicated to Judeo-Spanish music ...

Judeo-Spanish is the vernacular language of the descendants of Jews chased from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 and 1497. Following their expulsion, the Sefardi Jews (the word Sefarad means Spain in Hebrew) established new communities around the Mediterranean Sea, particularly in regions attached the Ottoman empire: Turkey, Greece, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Syria and Palestine.


Since the end of the 1960’s, the repertoire of popular Judeo-Spanish songs is in fashion in Europe, North and South America, and in Israel. But the major part, if not the whole of it, of the discs put on the market are recordings done by professional musicians from musical transcriptions picked up from anthologies and rearranged. There are very few recordings of these songs in a purely traditional version.
The playlist we propose here is representative of the variety of interpretation.

Learn more about the Judeo-Spanish singing

Visit Joël Bresler’s website : SEPHARDIC MUSIC:
A CENTURY OF RECORDINGS

Listen to the radio show: The renewal of Judeo-Spanish music, hosted by Hervé Roten (in French)

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  • La madre de la novia - Esther LAMANDIER

  • Arbolera - Joaquin DIAZ

  • Puncha, Puncha - Keren ESTHER

  • Oi qué mueve mezes - Raphael Yair El Nadav

  • Yad Anuga - RAKHEL

  • Arvoles lloran por lluvias - Sarah GORBY

  • Kuando Ister la reyna - Henriette AZEN

  • Dos amantes tengo mama - Sarah GORBY

  • Romances de la guerra - RAKHEL

  • La calumnia de la reina - Raices

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