Abayudaya - Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

Abayudaya - Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

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Abayudaya - Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

This fascinating document is a welcome reminder of the many, many traditions that encompass modern Judaism. The Abayudaya, a rural Ugandan congregation who converted en masse to Judaism in 1919, have, with greater contact with Western Judaism, adopted many traditional prayers and songs in Hebrew. Among them are the Sabbath-welcoming "Lekhah Dodi," "Adon Olam," "Hinei Ma Tov," and various psalms included on this set. But the Abayudaya have their own buoyant melodies and harmonies, many reminiscent of both English church hymns and South African gospel music. The mix bursts with joy, a far cry from the dirge-like pieties of the Eastern European Jewish tradition. The tribe's other traditional songs -- lullabies and praise songs, mostly -- are touchingly direct. Then there's the Abayudaya's drumming traditions, expected from an African tribe but bracingly fresh from the western Jewish perspective. This collection, based on a series of recordings both in situ and in makeshift studios, paints a glowing portrait of a people deeply in love with their chosen faith, who have persevered through the dark days of Idi Amin's despotic rule to flourish, in control of their own destiny. For a joyous antidote to Judaism's lachrymose history, give these African brothers and sisters a listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074050422
catalogNumber: 40504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Abayudaya Congregation   Group
Abayudaya Schoolchildren   Vocals
Bagisu Women   Vocals
Rena Bat Esther   Vocals
Seth Ben Jonadav   Vocals,Group Member
Richard Kasakya   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Uri Katula   Vocals,Group Member
J.J. Keki   Vocals,Group Member
Enosh Keki Mainah   Vocals,Group Member
Eria Majanga   Vocals,Group Member
Michael Mawoni   Vocals,Adunqu
Aaron Kintu Moses   Vocals,Group Member
Samson Mugombe   Vocals
Jacob Mwosuko   Vocals,Group Member
Phyllis Nafuna   Vocals
Tziporah Naisi   Vocals,Group Member
Rachel Namudosi   Vocals,Group Member
Norah Nantabo   Vocals,Group Member
Aaron Naome   Vocals,Group Member
Nasenyi Community   Vocals
John Mark Nkoola   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Devorah   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Servies   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Dennis Bogere   translation
Semei Kakungulu   Adaptation
J.J. Keki   translation,Musical Director
Michael Mawoni   Composer
Aaron Kintu Moses   Composer
Jeffrey A. Summit   Producer,Annotation
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu   Composer

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