Where drum-laden groove music of African origin and inspiration
underscores well-loved songs for the "stand up for your rights"
holiday of Chanukah
drop reggae, the Rastafarian Nyabinghi heartbeat of thanks
and praises to the Almighty, and Ska's upbeat skanks.
From West Africa: Traditional Ghanaian dance drumming
and highlife. From
Middle Eastern maksum played on doumbek
and riqq (with clarinet) to batteries of Brazilian
and Latin percussion as samba meets mambo for some salsa
on their latkes.
Chanukah is the work of two dozen extraordinarily talented
and generous artists, many with international reputations. Their
lands of origin, native tongues, ethnic and cultural backgrounds,
religious affiliations, and even their ages span a wide spectrum