Sephardic Music Festival

Yemenite Jewish Music, ‘Set To Beats’

Erez Safar helped put Sephardic musical culture on the map, and in the process honored his mother’s heritage.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/25/2014

At the beginning of the new millennium, just out of the University of Maryland, Erez Safar was establishing himself as something of an outlier in the Jewish music scene here. Based in Brooklyn, he was an outer-borough guy in a scene dominated by Lower Manhattan. He was a creator gliding easily between hip-hop (as DJ Handler) and jazz/klezmer/progressive rock (as a drummer with Juez, which sounded like a funky blend of Lenny Pickett, the Microscopic Septet and the Klezmatics). He started his own record label, modular moods, and he helped a lot of rising artists break through, most notably the black and Orthodox hip-hop singer Y-Love.

“I wanted to shine a light on [a different] aspect of Jewish music,” Erez Safar said.   Courtesy of Erez Safar

Top 12 Chanukah Happenings

12/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week Media Group

Chanukah – among many things – is a time to count your blessings and celebrate the night away for eight days in a row. Here in New York City, you have a wild number of events to choose from. Take a look at our recommendations for the top 12 events for this holiday season below.

Sadie Hawkins Chanukah Bash
Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm
22 West 39th Street

Hanukkah: one of the most light-hearted holidays of the Jewish calendar. Getty Images

Project Runway, Sephardic Style

Annual Sephardic Music Festival branches out with art rave, fashion show.

11/23/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The phone is ringing. There is a new CD to promote. There are the usual last-minute changes in the Sephardic Music Festival to be arranged. A new music video has to be shot this week. A fresh pot of coffee needs to be brewed.

And the baby is crying.

Erez Safar, founder of the Sephardic Music Festival.
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