Cultures Combine at Miami’s Jewish Music Festival
Miami is the only place where one can find rugelach filled with guava, hence Guava Rugelach, a music festival uniquely specific to Miami’s diverse Jewish community. In this seven-minute docu-short hosted by YoungArts’ Sarah Arison, SocialMiami examines how musical traditions can help to galvanize a culture and the importance of having those traditions passed to younger generations through arts education.
Guava Rugelach celebrated the vast collection of musical genres that contribute to Miami’s diverse Jewish community. From the Ladino songs of the Sephardic middle east to those of Spain and Cuba; from Klezmer for kids to Klezmer jamming with Flamenco; to Hebrew lyrics dancing over Mizrachi (middle eastern) melodies mixed with rock beats to Yiddish songs from Latin America as smooth as a velvety lounge act this is Tropical Jewish Sound. Featured artists this year included a reunion of Oy-Le!: A Convergence of Klezmer and Flamenco featuring Siempre Flamenco and the Heavy Shtetl Klezmer Trio; Israeli Yariv Ovadia who mingles rich middle eastern sounds into solid rock; and others.