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Audio: Multicultural Spiritual Music Converges in Historic Jerusalem

Jewish-American Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart & more spiritual musicians at this year's Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival.
8/19/2013, 11:36 AM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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Back in the days of the first Holy Temple, the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon in Jerusalem. Today, Emahoy Tsegue, a relative of the Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie will perform at Tzikiyahu's Cave. Not exactly the same thing, but according to artistic director Itay Mautner, its echoes the quote in the Book of Isaiah, "and Thy House shall be a House of Prayer for all nations."

Mautner, who is organizing the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival and the Jerusalem Season of Culture spoke with the Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast about the series of concerts. Plus, listen to music from the Mickey Hart Band, the Grateful Dead, the Ras Sinai Project, John Zorn, Nikmat Hatractor (Tractor's Revenge), Greedy Adam, and more.

The Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival will take place in Jerusalem from August 20th - August 23rd at various locations throughout the city. Concerts will be performed at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City, Tzidkiyahu's Cave, near the Old City, the historic YMCA building, Hebrew University of Mount Scopus, and other locations. Performers will include, the Mickey Hart Band (Grateful Dead percussionist) from the United States, Amadou & Mariam from Mali, Salif Keita from Mali , Black Roots and the Nyabinghi Mystic Ceremony from the United Kingdom, Emahoy Tsegue from Israel, Jai Uttal, Ras Sinai Project from Israel, Yair Dalal from Israel, the Vox Clamantis Choir from Estonia, the Tropos Byzantine Choir from Greece, the Tashi Lhupo Monks from Tibat and India, Alan Kushan and guests from Iran and the United States, Gil Ron Shama from Israel, and more.

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Photos right to left clockwise: Emahoy Tsegue, Mickey Hart, image for John Zorn's sacred vocals music project, Jerusalem's Old City at night. Credit: Jerusalem Season of Culture.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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