25 September, 2020

Song Of Moses

Shye Ben Tzur, Indian in spirit, songwriter in Hebrew and the world’s first Jewish qawwal

Song Of Moses
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Shye Ben Tzur

  • US-born and Israel-bred, he composes qawwalis in Hebrew, which are sung by Rajasthani Muslims
  • Lived among the Sufis of Ajmer, and learnt their philosophy and music
  • Married to Sajida, adopted daughter of a Sufi scholar
  • New album Shoshan has Shubha Mudgal and others performing

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One look and my soul was imprisoned,
I do not pretend to be the master of my life.
My religion is lost, and I have no country,
My heart beats to the face of my Beloved.

(Written and translated from Hebrew by Shye Ben Tzur)

I catch Shye Ben Tzur on the phone, late at night, just as he is about to board a flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv with wife Sajida and their little daughter, Uriya. We speak about his new CD, Shoshan, to be released next month, and to which I have just been listening. I tell him that at first the music...

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