Ladino Singer Yasmin Levy Performs Traditional Judeo-Spanish Music at Cal State LA
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The last date listed for Yasmin Levy was Saturday March 19, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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I attended this event and walked out after Yasmin sang 4 songs. Why? I was so wanting to see and hear who I thought would be so fantastic. First of all the half of the show was another woman singing and it was oh so boring and not what I paid for. Then after the intermission Yasmin Levy begins. Her songs and singing became so monotonous and the music was sooooo much of the sameness I looked at my friend who was now sleeping from boredom and said let's go. I talked this up so much after hearing one of Yasmin songs on public radio that I am actually thinking how could this woman with not much energy and the same wailing sing so much of the same thing???
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Yasmin’s voice, once heard, never forgotten.
Born in Jerusalem in 1975, Yasmin Levy was introduced to Ladino singing and culture from a very young age. Her father was the leading figure in the world of research into and preservation of the Judeo-Spanish culture, dating back to the 15th century in Spain. Today, it remains one of the most moving and romantic musical traditions of all times.
In her deep, spiritual and moving style of singing, Yasmin preserves and revives the most beautiful songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing it with Andalucian Flamenco.
Yasmin’s debut album Romance & Yasmin created a stir amongst world music lovers across the globe. Her more recent album La Juderia, featuring Ladino and Flamenco music in her unique emotive style confirmed her status as one of the most promising new artists on the World Music scene.
During 2006, Yasmin appeared widely touring in countries as diverse as the UK, Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Latvia .In 2004, she performed at various international festivals and events including WOMAD Singapore, Forum Barcelona, and the BBC’s New Year’s Day concert in London. In 2005 she toured the UK, Europe and the USA, including appearances at London’s Ronnie Scott’s and WOMAD festivals in the UK and Spain. In November 2005 she appeared in the most important music TV show in the UK Later with Jools Holland and in December closed the year with her debut performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Her new album, Mano Suave, is released in October 2007.
Yasmin has been nominated for the BBC World Music Awards in each of the past 3 years.