Klezmer Nordestina

Xote, pronounced SHO-chee, is one of the basic forró rhythms. The lead singer of Banda LeChaim, Fortaleza”s klezmer band (yep, Fortaleza”s got a Jewish wedding band) described this song as Yiddish-xote. Considering that I used to play accordion in a klezmer band when I was in college, you can imagine my giddiness when I got to hear online casino my two favorite kinds of accordion dance music at once. Hear for yourself:


2 thoughts on “Klezmer Nordestina

  1. When I last arrived in Recife on the first night of hannukah in 2008, the entire (Gilberto Freyere!) Airport was closed, save for the cachaçeria, and what should I hear coming out of the store’s little boom box but Hava Nagila done as a Baião?!

    A friend of mine who grew up in an orthodox Jewish commune in Columbia said she identified heavily with forró music; she said something about minor keys, accordions, and dancing.

    Tidbit: The oldest synagogues (16th century?!) in Recife Antigo happen to be on the street that Maracatús rehearse – Rua Bom Jesus!

    My group z’Bumba in Portland, Oregon did a few klez tunes (Von Der Khupe, I think) as forró last December, as our show happened to fall on the first night of Hannukah – a Friday even.

    Who knew?


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