Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pete Seeger and the Story of "Tzena Tzena"


Back in 2011, we wrote about the origins of Tzena Tzena, the Hebrew song that rode to the number 2 position on Billboard's Top Hit List when it was recorded by Pete Seeger and The Weavers. We also included a funny, fanciful version of its origins told by Arlo Guthrie.

Last year, when Seeger died at the age of 94, we made a brief reference to his role in popularizing this song. Now we discovered a short documentary from The Milken Archive of Jewish Music that remembers Seeger and his connection to Tzena Tzena and its Israeli composer, Issachar Miron.

It's a moving story featuring Seeger and Miron, as they lead a performance of a new trilingual version of the song that includes verses in Arabic, as well as in Hebrew and English. 

Enjoy!

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