Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Rousing Russian Folk Instrument Version of Hava Nagila


A very Russian folk ensemble with the English name Style-Quartet and a forceful, almost cantorial, singer named Maya Balashova, recently filled a concert hall in Russia where they performed a rousing version of Hava Nagila. 

After posting about 20 versions of this quintessentially Jewish song being performed in locations all over the world, we thought we had exhausted all the possibilities. But it still keeps surfacing in new places with new arrangements, as as long as new ones appear, we'll keep sharing them with you.

In this version, Balashova is accompanied by musicians playing the balalaika, a huge triangular guitar-like instrument, the domra, a mandolin-like instrument, and the bayan, a Russian accordion.

Enjoy!

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