Night 1 – Likhtelekh, performed by Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin. Anthony is an unusual singer of Yiddish music – a gay African-American Jew by choice who is married to a rabbi. He has an incredible affinity for this music and I was completely blown away by him when I saw him in a concert with two other singers.
Night 2 – Hanukkah – a Jewish Africa parody by Shir Soul. There are lots of Jewish a cappella groups with Chanukah parodies and I thought this was a fun one. And, besides, everyone else was posting the Bohemian Rhapsody parody by Six13 so I wanted something else.
Night 3 – Ocho Kandelikas performed by Pink Martini. There are plenty of covers of this Ladino song by Flory Jagoda. I picked out one by a group I’ve seen perform several times.
Night 4 – Latke Recipe by The Maccabeats. This is probably the best-known of the Jewish a cappella group. I prefer my mother’s latke recipe, which uses 5 potatoes, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 2 eggs, and matzoh meal. Alternatively, you could buy Golden frozen potato latkes and make them just like Mom used to thaw.
Night 5 – The Draidel Song by Mickey Katz. This is not “I Have a Little Dreidel,” but, rather, an instrumental by one of the greats of Jewish novelty music, who is also, by the way, the father of Joel Grey.
Night 6 – Drei Dreidel performed by Fargenigun. The song was written by the great Bessarabian cantor Moishe Oysher. There are lots of covers of it, with this one by an Israeli klezmer band. If you can listen to it and sit still, please get a medical check-up.
Night 7 – Hanerot Halalu by Kippalive. This one does have piano accompaniment, but most of this group’s pieces are a cappella. I felt the need for a song that was actually in Hebrew, after ones in Yiddish, English, and Ladino. And Kippalive is a cute punning name.
Night 8 – Yodim Atem performed by Margie Rosenthal and Ilene Safyan. This is a cover of a more traditional song based on a poem by Chaim Nachman Bialik. It’s usually called "Lich’vod HaChanukah." The singers are apparently based in Portland, Oregon.
This entry was originally posted at https://fauxklore.dreamwidth.org/436210.html. Please comment there using OpenID.