In April 1962, the Evian Accords comprise a treaty giving independance to Algeria, causing de facto the exile of 800.000 people to France. Among them, 100 to 150.000 Jews who leave, with a heavy heart, a land where they lived for nearly 2000 years.
They take with them the nostalgia of course, but also the courage and desire of a better life for their children, but most of all, a culture deeply anchored in Judaism, its particuliar rituals, its traditional meals and music.
Forgotten during a long time, the music from Jews from Algeria come back since several years. How many concerts of Andalusian music or Algerian hazzanut, reeditions of old recordings: from Cheikh Raymond’s Malouf to songs performed by Rainette l’Oranaise, Lili Labassi, Blond-Blond, Salim Halali, José de Suza, Lili Boniche, Maurice El Médioni, René Perez...
This radio program, illustrated with many musical excerpts, captures this lost world, where Jews and Muslims were for many centuries, holders of Algeria’s musical heritage.
With Anne-Hélène Hoog, historian and curator of the exhibition "Jews from Algeria" at the Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris.
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