Music of the Jewish people from Turkey

Introduction by Avner Azoulay

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A LITTLE MORE BAKLAVA ... ?

Welcom to Turkey ! Turkey extends from Eastern Europe to Asia Minor. Culturally, it is linked to the ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Its two main cities are Istanbul, cosmopolitan city on the Bosphorus Strait, and Ankara capital of modern Turkey.

The history of the Jews in Turkey or, more precisely, in the Turkish territory today, goes back to Antiquity. There are now 17,400 Jews in Turkey. Jews inhabited the territory of present-day Turkey as early as the 4th century BC., not far from Smyrna in Lydia, are the ruins of the synagogue of Sardis, one of the largest in antiquity.


During the Second World War Turkey is neutral. It refuses to deliver to Germany Jews who have taken refuge on its territory. From 1948 to 1949, 30,000 to 40,000 Turkish Jews emigrated to the newly-created State of Israel, where they continue to express their culture imported from their native country.

I propose here to make you discover the Turkish musical culture under the prism of Jewish music. During this unique journey you will hear some of the most talented representatives of this wonderful musical heritage of the Jews of Turkey.
Enjoy... !

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  • Yarim Gitti (EXTRAIT) - Pedro Aledo

  • El Şelah (EXTRAIT) - Maftirim

  • Kol nidre (Sephardisch) Türkei - Manissa - Edith Gerson-Kiwi

  • Ahare Nimkar (EXTRAIT) - Maftirim

  • Exod. 20. 2-4 (Die zehn Gebote) Türkei - Manissa - Edith Gerson-Kiwi

  • Yetzav ha-el (EXTRAIT) - Isaac Algazi

  • Application sur les taamim de Turquie, dernière parasha de la Torah - Jean-Claude Sillamy

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