What an incredible year for Shemspeed’s 8th Annual Sephardic Music Festival. This year’s festival included the annual Sephardic Scholar Series, the Sephardic Story Slam, a massive party at B.B. Kings, an opening night with The Sway Machinery, Israel’s ensemble of Israeli Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musicians and singers, led by one of Israel’s all time favorite female vocalists – Mika Karni. plus, Hasidic New Wave joined by the very special Senegalese drum ensemble, Yakar Rhythms. and last but not least, Zion80 exploring the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach through the lens of the Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti… and tons more!

CHECK OUT ALL THE PHOTOS AT THE SMF FLICKR!. (photo above by Ruth Anne Arnold)

Also, don’t forget to take SMF home with you and pick up Vol. 1 & 2 of the Festival Compilation with artists that you know and others that you will soon love! Get Your Copy at sephardicmusicfestival.com/store.

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Founded by Erez Safar, Shemspeed is an independent recording label & promotional agency devoted to producing and developing dynamic multi-cultural artists and interactive media.