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vocalists in the Sephardic vein,
Consuelo Luz could hardly differ
more from Yannatou. Luz's voice is
smoky and sultry, closer to Sade,
Anita- Baker or her fellow Cuban,
Celia Cruz. Luz was born in Chile,
where she was raised Catholic, only
to diScover and embrace her Jewish
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heritage later in life.
Moving to Cuba, she imbibed her
adopted home's tropicality, and it
glows through her recent release, Dezeo
(Long Distance). "Dezeo" is Ladino for
"desire," and the album explores both
romantic and spiritual yearning, dedi-
cating about half the tracks to each
The repertoire is rooted in local
kind of longing.
Ugandan music and infused with
Luz's vocals are breathy, earthy and
choral singing, Afro-pop and tradition-
altogether sophisticated. The music itself al drumming.
is stunningly played, evoking both tricky
These tracks are a breath of tropical
Latin rhythms and insinuating Arabic
air. "We Are Happy," one highlight, is
overtones, ending up somewhere near
a Purim song, and like the others, is
the Portuguese fado style.
done in a light reggae style, more like
Sharing Cuba with Luz is percus-
Jimmy Cliff or Ziggy Marley than
sionist Roberto Juan Rodriguez, whose
Peter Tosh or Bob Marley. The album
latest release is called El Danzon de
is an assured follow-up to their debut,
Moises (Tzadik Records).
Shalom Everybody Everywhere!.
Tzadik, founded by sax guru John
To learn more about the Abayudaya
Zorn, is famed for the ferocious inno-
and their uplifting music, visit
vation of its artists, and Rodriguez
earns his membership here. The CD is
For those wishing to play Sephardic
recklessly inventive, restlessly intelli-
music, Judy Frankel has recently creat-
gent and relentlessly fun.
ed a songbook with an accompanying
Fans of the Buena Vista Social Club
CD. Frankel's career dates back to the
will enjoy this Jewish spin on Cuban
rediscovery of ethnic folk music that
style. The first number, "El Polaco,"
emerged from 1960s coffeehouses, and
gives away its inspiration in its name
she is still actively touring and record-
— it's a Latinized polka. Other songs
ing. She has a Harvard degree in
reveal Greek and Arabic sources.
medieval music, but learned many
If you are taking a Latin dance
songs from descendants of Inquisition-
class, impress the heck out of your
fleeing Jews living in Portugal and the
teacher and slip this CD in the play-
Southwestern United States.
er. And if you can't dance, take it
Frankel also sings in 20 languages,
along on your next long drive, and
but this volume, Sephardic Songs in
smile the whole way there.
Judeo-Spanish (Global Village), focuses
While not strictly Sephardic, the
on Ladino. On the CD packaged with
music of Uganda's Jews reminds us of
the book, Frankel presents the songs in
the other element of Caribbean music
her clear, straightforward alto, joined
— the sounds of Africa. The
by her own guitar, plus the occasional
Abayudaya, as Uganda's Jews are called, oud or durnbek. She carefully enunci-
date back to the bush community's
ates both the words and notes - of 17 of
conversion to Judaism in the late
the songbook's 50 selections for the
1910s, but only recently have they had
learner, but the CD stands alone as a
access to modern recording equipment. very listenable work.
Their music is much like that found
Jews of Sephardic heritage have cre-
on Paul Simon's Graceland, in both its
ated a world's worth of mind-opening
sprightly guitar picking and its haunt-
melodies and heart-stopping rhythms.
ing choirs. They sing a bit in English,
They have integrated the music of
but mostly. in Hebrew and L'Uganda,
dozens of peoples into their own, and
their native tongue.
so have enriched the Jewish experience
Their CD Music from the Jewish
People of Uganda (Smithsonian
Those familiar only with the Western
Folkways Recordings) presen'ts a collec- trends of folk, klezmer and cantonal
tion of African-Jewish music in which
music are truly missing half the story of
the rhythms and harmonies of Africa
Jewish music. The good news is, the rest
blend with Jewish celebration and tra-
is now an open book. ri
ditional Hebrew prayer.
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