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Old 06-16-2010, 07:38 AM   #63 (permalink)
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The Iberian (Spanish and Portuguese) Jews are called Sephardim (Sepharad is the Hebrew word for the Iberian Peninsula). The Sephardic music from the Middle Ages has been transmitted orally from one generation to another by the Jewish communities of Sephardic origin settled around the World. Most of the songs are sung in Judaeo-Spanish language (also called Ladino), a variant of the Old Spanish influenced by Hebrew. One of the best known is Cuando el Rey Nimrod ("When King Nimrod"). And there are many love songs too, such as Por la tu puerta yo pasi ("I Passed by your Door") and Abridme galanica ("Open, my Beauty"):

(lyrics and translations here and here)

(lyrics and translation here)

"Lullabies for adults / crossed by the years / carry the flower of disappointment / tattooed in their gloomy melodies."

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