The hora in music

Hip Hip Hora

PLAYLIST below

Originally, the hora (also known as "Romanian hora", "zhok", "londre", "volakh" or "krimer") is a slow dance often practiced in Romania (Moldova, Bessarabia, Bukovina) and in certain areas of Ukraine, by Jews and non-Jews.

It consists in a circle, that can sometimes open up and go forward in a line. The dancers hold hands, do diagonal steps, foreward or bacwards, and making the circle turn, normally clockwise. The participants sing all the lyrics of the song, accompanied by musicians.


The cymbalum, the accordion, the violon, the viola, the double bass, la contrebasse, the saxophone, the trumpet and the panpipes are instruments that are traditionally used for a hora...




Read the feature article on the hora

Listen to

In case the music player doesn't open, you must allow the opening of pop-ups for the website iemj.org in your browser settings.

  • Hora medura - Israeli Folk Dances

  • Hora aviva - Kol Aviv

  • Hora Neurim - Sharona Aron

  • Hora chadera (EXTRAIT) - Mišpacha. Ensemble et chorale

  • Hora - Genia Feierman

  • Usheavtem Mayin - Les Chanteurs de Sion

  • Ay Ay Hora (EXTRAIT) - The Barry Sisters

  • Hora Nuba - Aliza Azikri

  • Hora agadati - Nirkoda

  • La Hora des Hassydim - Les Kibboutzniks

Lire tout

You may also like

Symposium in Hannover : Magnified and Sanctified, The Music of Jewish Prayer II

From the 9th to the 12th September 2019 at the Hannover university (GERMANY), international symposium on Jewish liturgical music. Hervé Roten, (…)

Musica Judaica Symposium : Jewish music between oral and written traditions

On the 14th & 15th of July 2019 in Oxford (ENGLAND) will take place an international symposium in which Hervé Roten, Director of the European (…)

The EIJM’s Gala Concert - 5th edition - From the synagogue to the opera : Jacques Offenbach and friends

SUNDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2019, 17H30, Salle Cortot - 78 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris Original Hebrew works by Jacques and Isaac Offenbach, Jacques (…)

Jewish music and cuisine : delicacies and sounds

CONFERENCE held by the EIJM and the CBL, the 20th June 2019 8h45 PM at the Cercle Bernard Lazare (75003). An audiovisual conference by Hervé (…)

The melody of the Kol Nidre : Sources, interpretations and new compositions

On the 8th April 2019 at 7h30 PM at the Institut Elie Wiesel in Paris (75010) audiovisual conference by Hervé Roten about the melody of the Kol (…)