Exciting New Release!
Shir Hodu – Jewish song from Bombay of the ‘30s.


Shir Hodu: Jewish song from Bombay of the '30s
Produced by Julian Futter & Dr. Sara Manasseh

Shir Hodu is the Hebrew for ‘Song of Praise.’ It also means ‘Song of India.’

This CD is the second in our series of remastered 78 recordings of Jewish song featuring Jewish singers and instrumentalists from Iraq and India.

Following leads for these long lost original recordings Julian Futter and Dr Sara Manasseh were able to produce this extraordinary compilation of professional recordings in the Bene Israel and Baghdadian Jewish traditions, made originally on the King, Hebrew and Jay Bharat Record labels.

Among the performers, all well-known in their communities, are Hazzanim (cantors, prayer leaders) and shofar (Ram’s horn) blowers, a meat shop owner, music school directors, and instrumental stars of the Indian cinema.

This musical link with the past has been vividly brought to life by the memories and photos of the descendants, relatives and friends of the singers and instrumentalists, gathered from across the globe.

The CD comes with a copiously illustrated 24-page booklet that will serve as a valuable source for future researchers into Indian Jewish musical traditions.

Sensitive remastering allows us to hear these recordings as they have never been heard before.


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Simeon Jacob Kharilker (King Records)

1 Adon Olam Lord of the world 3.31
2 Yom Hashabbat The Sabbath day 3.30
3 Deror Ikhra Let freedom be proclaimed 3.17
4 Ashir Lael I will sing to the Lord 3.11
5 Yaroom Venisa He will be exalted and raised 3.13
6 Hatikvah & Él Shémor Hammélékh The hope & God save the king 3.19

Abid David
(Hebrew Record)

7 Hai Hai El Hai The living God 3.20
8 Deror Yikra Let freedom be proclaimed 2.52

Zaky Solomon Isaac (Hebrew Record)

9 Aet Shaare Rason The time of (opening of) the gates of mercy 3.17
10 Ado-nai Becol Shophar The Lord is in the sound of the shofâr 2.54
11 Yodukha Raayonai My thoughts will praise You 3.04
12 Yom Hashabat The Sabbath day 3.01
13 Yom Simha A day of rejoicing 2.59

N.S. Satamkar (Jay Bharat Records)

14 Deror Iqra Let freedom be proclaimed 3.24
15 Yom Hashabat The Sabbath day 3.10

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