A selection of Shabbat songs from Tunisia performed by Mr. Hababou, Abraham Cohen, Salomon Bellaiche, Hagaye Batzri, Itsik Eshel and Yehouda Zeitoun
The Shabbat, the day of rest, is a very important event of Jewish life. And the songs that rhythm this particular day hold a major place, at the synagogue with the five services from Kabbalat shabbat to Motsei shabbat, as well as at home with the rituals of lighting the candles, the Friday night Kiddush (blessing of the wine), the Birkat hamazone (prayers at the end of a meal), or the Havdala (last Kiddush which closes Shabbat).It is also a custom to sing, during the four Shabbat meals, several religious poems called Zemirot (or Tish nigunim by the Chasidim).
The Shabbat allows thus to find our inner route by the means of our outer voice.
The following playlist features a selection of traditional Shabbat prayers from Tunisia sung mainly in Tunis and Djerba. The three last tunes, accompanied by music instruments, were recorded in studio by Hagaye Batzri, Itsik Eshel et Yehouda Zeitoun.