Friday, May 11, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Afro-Cuban Lecha Dodi in Clave


The Clave (pronounced klav-ay) is a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks used as a percussion instrument in Afro-Cuban music. Lecha Dodi is a hymn sung as part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday nights.

Zion80 is a new Jewish musical group that brings them together with drums and guitar in a new version of the Friday night classic.

Zion80 explores Jewish music through the lens of the Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof (Rashanim, Matisyahu), the 10-piece band arranges Jewish melodies using the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat, blended with the madness of the Downtown scene. Madof’s most ambitious project to date, Zion80 is blazing hot and tight as a drum. Spiritual, grooving and endlessly exciting, this is essential Jewish music for the 21st century.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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