Shoshana Damari

Israeli, Yiddish, Yemenite & Other Folk Songs

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Held in extremely high regard by authorities on traditional Jewish music, Shoshana Damari was Israel's top female folk singer for decades. Damari was still very much in her prime in 1961 and 1963, when she recorded the 29 selections that Vanguard included on this 1995 reissue. Damari's main focus is Jewish songs (Yemenite and Hebrew as well as Yiddish), and she is in excellent form on such traditional songs as "Bo'a Dodi," "Dumam," "Hiney Achalela" and "Ali Ha'esh." But she also turns her attention to the folk classics of Turkey ("Aman Dermendji"), Romania ("Foye Verde") and even South America ("Viva Jujuy," which comes from the Inca) with equally appealing results. For younger listeners who might not have experienced the pleasures of Damari's passionate, enriching vocals, this CD would be an excellent starting point.

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