The Shemspeed fest live-stream was so dope and also proved that there is such a need and that the platform works!!;) It was great prep for the h2the lo-fi live-stream on May 21st. I was thinking it may be time for the 13th SEPHARDIC MUSIC FESTIVAL – a week long music, education and art celebration that has been profiled with a two page story in both the Wall Street Journal and NY Times as well as covered by NPR and CBS and more.

Past performers include the epic; Hadag Nachash, Yemen Blues, Yair Dalal, Moshav, Matisyahu, Miki Gavrielov, Asaf Avidan, DeLeon, Diwon, Dr. Israel, Cheb i Sabbah, Soulico, Soulfarm, Saz, Piamenta, Pharaoh’s Daughter, Afro-Semitic Experience, Hasidic New Wave, Saadi, Sarah Aroeste, The Sway Machinery, Zion80, Vanessa Paloma,  Gerard Edery, Juez, Asefa, Nuriya, The Hebrew Mamita & tons more!

If you want to get involved in any way, get in touch!!

INFO: “Founded by American-Israeli producer Diwon, the Sephardic Music Festival is the first Jewish music festival to focus exclusively on Sephardic music and culture. It showcases artists from around the world including the latest Mizrahi, Yemenite, Persian, and Ladino musical talent. In addition to traditional Sephardic folk music, the festival offers a platform for performers whose music fuses traditional Sephardic rhythms, melodies, and motifs with modern musical styles.”

Select quotes;

“eclectic lineup of traditional and contemporary artists, including many dedicated to fusing disparate sounds or bridging new and old.” – The NY Times

“Thanks to events like the Sephardic Music Festival, the sounds of Sephardic Jewry are at last beginning to get their due.” – The Forward

“Our Hannukkah-side suggestion is the annual Sephardic Music Festival…look at this festival as the un-Ashkenazi festival.” – National Public Radio, WNYC

Detailed info @ www.sephardicfest.com & on ig at @sephardicfest