Semitic Soul
September 3, 2009

Dear listeners,

radio613 will start regular broadcasting on September 16 on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston. In the mean time, here are some episodes of ‘Semitic Soul’ – the musical extension the radio613 collective with dj grenadier bringing klezmer/balkan/roma, arab/sephardic/mizrachi dance and soul to the airwaves. For playlists, contact radio613@riseup.net.

Right-click to download the mixes. Some of the shows start a couple minutes in.

Chariming Hostess
V’im lo Achshav, ei matai?
Downtempo doubkets and dance-heavy horas

Shalom Aleykoum Congregation

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Episode 14: “Ashkenazi Eyes” from The Flying Camel
March 4, 2009

Malcah reads an article by Julie Iny from the compilation The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage. The reading explores and challenges the complexities of white and/or Ashkenaz privilege, anti-semitism, racism, and marginalization of identities.

The following is a summary provided by the editor of Flying Camel, Loolwa Khazzoom:

“My mom is from Missouri and my dad is from India, she replied. Indiana? he asked, confused. No. India, she clarified. As Julie mapped out her father’s migration from Iraq to India, David informed her that Mizrahim (North African/Middle Eastern Jews) are violent, racist, and greedy, in contrast to civilized Ashkenazim (Northern European Jews). Feeling suddenly paralyzed, disembodied, and violated, Julie realized that yet again, her hazel-green eyes and light skin crossed her over the border and into hostile territory, where she was accepted only if she gave up half of her self.”

Music featured this week from Divahn, Daddo & The Ladino Voice, and Narcicyst.

Click here to listen.

loolwa.com/flying_camel.html