The Havivi Singers

Folk Songs Israeli and American

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One is struck immediately by how much political baggage anything that even brushes against Israeli nationalism has carried since the days when this record was made -- it's difficult to believe that the world ever seemed so simple. Musically, the material is fine, with Haya's vibrato-laden soprano heard in its full glory in the Indonesian folk song "Suliram," and then in the traditional American song "Fare Thee Well." Her partner Moshe is less distinctive in the voice department, and pianist Ira Ginsberg and percussionist Raphael Wizman lend support. The most impressive of the track here is the opener, the extended conceptual piece "Hora Medura."