Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: Hava Nagila in a Greek Taverna


During the last three years we have been following the popularity of Hava Nagila as it made its way all over the world. If you scroll down the Labels section of this blog in the left column, you'll see 22 posts involving what's arguably the most popular Jewish song on earth. But until now we haven't found a video of it being performed in Greece.

Karpathos is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. From its remote location Karpathos has preserved many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect, the last resembling those of Crete and Cyprus.

Karpathos is known for its tavernas, restaurants where music and dancing prevails, usually Greek songs. But last week, our old favorite found its way into a taverna called Pelagos, where the patrons eagerly adopted it as a Greek dance, singing the Hebrew words to the sounds of guitar and bouzouki music. Opa! 

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