Sons of Sepharad, the / Sons of Sepharad, the
Album: Sons of Sepharad, the   Collection:World
Artist:Sons of Sepharad, the   Added:May 2004
Label:Sefarad Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-10-11 Pull Date: 2004-12-13 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 12 Nov 21 Nov 14 Nov 7 Oct 31 Oct 24 Oct 17
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 18, 2018: Melange
Los Bibilicos
4. Nov 19, 2004: the jewish alternative
Avram Avinu
2. Jun 30, 2016: Melange
Adio Querida, Los Bibilicos
5. Nov 12, 2004: the jewish alternative
Shimon Bar Yochai
3. Dec 10, 2004: the jewish alternative
Lejos De Mi
6. Nov 05, 2004: Still No Cover, No Minimum
Fel Sharah

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-08-04
“Three world renowned singers of Sephardic music” perform “songs in Ladino, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, and English” in studio and live. You get the idea – a tossed salad of eastern Mediterranean folk styles, many of which mean plaintive singing in gentle voices, sensitive guitar and oud plucking and strumming, and simple hand drumming. Topics covered run the gamut from beautiful brides to Old Testament stories to prayers to springtime love. Nice enough, not very challenging of any conventions (nor is it meant to be) – even the catholic (small ‘c’) selection of tunes is a bit of a cliché by now. Of course, that’s the irony of mixed-culture albums such as this – even as it becomes obvious to the listener (not to mention the players) that there is a common heritage in the various cultures, some members of those cultures are bent on splitting hairs (not to mention atoms) in an attempt to destroy their perceived enemies, who in fact are not very distant relations. Oy vey.
One is at a loss at how to review this track by track as the sound is not all that different from one to the next. Let’s say that track 7 is slow and instrumental, track 9 is slow and slightly more longing, track 11 is a bit of a dance number, and the rest are mid-tempo, mid-loud, mid-emotional, mid-dle of the road.

Track Listing
1. Scalerica De Oro   7. Lejos De Mi
2. Los Bibilicos   8. Shimon Bar Yochai
3. Avram Avinu   9. Noches, Noches
4. Adio Querida   10. Kol Dodi
5. Fel Sharah   11. Una Matica De Ruda
6. L'cha Dodi   12. B'rosh Hashana
  13. La Comida La Manana