UK Event Update

Some great acts at Limmud Fest at the end of August 2008

Shemspeed: Diwon – a.k.a DJ Handler; a.k.a. Erez Safar; founder of The Sephardic Music Festival and of Shemspeed, the most influential and diverse Jewish music site; described by the Jerusalem Post as “Jewish music’s multimedia mogul”

JCC Tribute Troupe – A collective of up and coming Jewish talent brought together by the Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC), their performances have previously delighted Limmud audiences. The troupe includes singer/songwriters Ilana Bendel, Jonny Berliner and Jen Charlton, musician and actor Daniel Hart, storyteller Mekella Broomberg and writer and director, Claire Berliner.

Jen Charlton is a Canadian folk chanteuse, her voice somewhere between crystalline and smoky, her songs caught between America and Europe.

Los Desterrados – unique Ladino-singing sextet of Sephardic musicians, who play and sing what The Metro described as a “series of rousing, melancholic songs that pulse with rhythm and feeling”

Minouche Kaftel was once dscribed as having “as pure as spring water voice” and will sing traditional Hebrew and Jewish songs

Smadar Levi – Israeli singer and peace activist from Sderot, of whom a reviewer recently wrote “When those stirring vocals came alive, the hairs at the back of my head began to stand”. She is also the producer and mixer of Yemenite / Sephardi sounds with hip-hop beats (formerly performed as DJ Handler), USA

The Apples – the Israeli funk collective, fresh from their sell-out tour across Europe. Catch the hottest band in Israel at their only UK summer festival of 2008

Y-Love – Hassidic hip-hop star; one of the undisputed highlights of Limmud Conference 2007 and one of the most sought after performers in the USA’s growing Jewish hip-hop scene.

also on 27 August – see Y-Love in Manchester
then he is back in London on 28 August.

August : a great month for jewish/israeli music in the UK.

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