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Bagels And Bongos: The Jewish-Latin Music Connection

With Hanukkah around the corner, Alt.Latino explores the huge influence Jewish musicians have had on Latin music. Yes, that includes a Celia Cruz performance of “Hava Nagila.”


USC professor Josh Kun, who joins Alt.Latino for this week’s show, is a co-founder of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, which in 2013 assembled a collection of Latino-Jewish music titled It’s A Scream How Levine Does The Rhumba.

This week Alt.Latino explores the deeply intertwined roots that connect Jewish and Latin music. Professor Josh Kun teaches at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He’s researched music history extensively, and he joins us to spin some awesome old records, including Celia Cruz’s performance of “Hava Nagila” (who knew?).

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