Eliyahoo Hanabee: Musical Tradition of the Bene Israel of Bombay

Eliyahoo Hanabee – This new CD was produced by the Feher Jewish Music Center of Beth Hatefutsoth. It features 14 songs of the Bene Israel musical tradition that have been recorded in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, in 1996. The songs are performed by male singers mostly in Hebrew, and a few in Aramaic and Marathi – the regional language of Maharashtra. Most of the songs belong to religious festivals and life cycle events and are accompanied by the harmonium – a small, portable keyboard instrument, with bellows operated by one hand. The main musical influences evident in the recorded pieces are those of the Jews of Cochin Baghdad and Yemen, as well as of the local Hindustani culture.

The price: In Israel: NIS 66.00, Abroad: US$ 17.00 (plus US$ 10:00 P & P).

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