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New Songs for Old Prayers

Epichorus, led by a rabbinical student and with a Sudanese Muslim singer, redefines devotional music

My Grandfather’s Love Songs

A visit with Georges Moustaki, whose ballads are an epitaph for the French-speaking Jews of the Middle East

The New Sound of Central Asia

The Alaev Family, from Tajikistan by way of Israel, turns traditional folk songs into infectious dance music

Zimbabwe’s Jewish Music

Lemba guitarist Hamlet Zhou takes an interest in his African-Jewish heritage for a new album

The Rabbi of Rock Criticism

Richard Meltzer’s new album is as timeless and immediate as his 40-year-old classic, The Aesthetics of Rock

Songs of Desert Wanderers

I was drawn to Mali’s nomads and their musical pleas for a homeland, until they allied with Islamists

Pink Floyd’s Toxic Waters

As a 16-year-old Israeli, I loved The Wall. At Yankee Stadium last week, I saw its moral failure.

Gospel Music’s Jewish Genius

The Fan Who Knew Too Much collects Anthony Heilbut’s essays on politics, culture, and gospel music

Moroccan Grooves, Blogged

A fan scours record collections from Marrakech to Montreal for music by Morocco’s bygone Jewish pop stars

Voices Raised for Jerusalem

The Zamir Chorale brings its Jewish choral music to Jazz at Lincoln Center in celebration of Yom Yerushalayim

Our Yiddishe Mozart

Michael Willens, the grandson of Yiddish theater greats, conducts the Kölner Akademie in piano concertos

Shiva for a Beastie Boy

Adam Yauch, who died Friday, was a pioneering hip-hop star, a talented MC, and something rarer: a mensch

Regina Spektor’s Immigrant Aid

The Russian-Jewish indie star headlines a benefit for HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, an aging philanthropy seeking new attention

Big Band Theory

Grammy-winning jazz pianist Alon Yavnai enlists the help of a robust ensemble to invoke Latin, African, and Middle Eastern rhythms on a new album

Out of This World

It’s time we update our pantheon of Emotional Canadian Jews: Like Leonard Cohen and Drake, William Shatner lays his soul on the track with abandon

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