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YALLAH Lecture series: Professor Michael Figueroa “Remixing Sephardism”
This lecture was given at Yallah: Judeo-Arabic Music Workshop and Conference 2020 by Professor Michael Figueroa: Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina, USA
“Remixing Sephardism: Syrian Jews, Electronic Music, and the Arab American Imaginary”
Bio: Michael Figueroa is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also Associate Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. His research has focused on Israeli popular music, poetry, film, and drama, as well as on Arab American music and racial formation.
Presentation: In this paper, he discuss Andy Dushey’s “Halabeats”, a music project that includes electronic remixes of Sephardic sacred liturgy associated with Halab/Aleppo. In so doing, he explores the possibilities for understanding Syrian Jewish music within a broader framework of Arab American racial discourse and performance in the 21st century.