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November 24, 2002

Henry Sapoznik interview--the banjo scoop

Mark Rubin interviews Henry Sapoznik about the banjo. It was the banjo, in a way, that brought Sapoznik to klezmer. But Henry has a lot to say about the Sixties old timey music scene, playing banjo, growing up the son of a cantor, and, of course, klezmer banjo. The interview came out in the summer of 2002. Rubin just brought it to my attention this week.

November 15, 2002

"vorbei" (beyond recall)

I want to bring to your attention a real "oytser", released in 2001/2 in germany: "vorbei" is a fine collection of 11 CDs and on DVD and a more than 6oo page illustrated book about musical performances and its great artists by the "Jüdischer Kulturbund" produced in the years 1933-1939 with "permission" of the regime. Old shellac goodies restored: yiddish songs, zionistic an khaluz songs, Khasanuth, cabaret etc, etc. Dont forget to have a handkerchiv ready. This matonele comes in a neat box. A must.

More info under www.bear-family.de e-mail: bear@bear-family.de.

albert leonhard

November 2, 2002

Hanukkah is coming: Hip Hop Hoodios release "Ocho Kandelikos" video

Usually we avoid mentioning Hanukkah until the great secular Jewish holiday, Thanksgiving, has passed. But this year, that's when Hanukkah starts. Fortunately, Hip Hop Hoodios, our favorite Spanish-English bilingual Jewish rappers have released the best Ladino Hanukkah hip hop video to date. Forget that. This is the best Hanukkah video to date. It pinche rocks!