Newfound political confidence sparks resurgence of culture of Jews from Middle East and north Africa, once marginalised by dominant Ashkenazim
On a small stage in the basement of a Jerusalem bar, singer Inbal Djamchid pauses during her performance to describe the inspiration for the next song to be played by her group, Ecoute.
She explains that it describes a lyricist’s unrequited love for one of Egypt’s most famous singers, Umm Kulthum, revered in the Arab world.
My Arabic is mute/ Strangled in the throat/ Cursing itself/ Without uttering a word/ Sleeping in the suffocating air/ Of the shelters of my soul/ Hiding/ From family members/ Behind the shutters of the Hebrew.
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