North Africa

Alicia Benassayag Bendayan

Ladino Singer

Courtney Blue

The Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem mourns the passing of Moroccan Jewish folk singer Alicia (Benassayag) Bendayan on Friday, June 11, 2021, just weeks before her 99th birthday on June 29. Throughout Alicia’s long life, she treasured within her memory the Judeo-Spanish songs of the North Moroccan Sephardic community, playing a substantial role in the documentation of this repertoire during an impressive period spanning seventy years. 


Israel is Real

Directed by Victor Stoloff

This Film, featuring Charles Aznavour, Assi Dayan and Romina Power, follows Aznavour on a trip to Israel. The film features Aznavour singing and discussing some of his songs (Let Me be Your First Love, Talk to me with Flowers, and Jerusalem). Furthermore, the film features songs by Geula Gil, dancing by a Jewish North African dancing troupe, the performance of Hava Nagila, and scenes of songs from the film Kasablan, such as Kavod and Yesh Makom.

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