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Yallah: Judeo-Arabic Music Workshop and Conference


Sunday 9th February
Monday 10th February
£25 – £72


SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
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Yallah - 2 day Conference ticket£72.00Yallah - 2 day Conference ticket - general public
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YALLAH: Learning Judeo-Arabic Music
February 9 & 10, 2020

Jewish communities have lived, sung and spoken in Arabic for over a thousand years from Iraq to Morocco, and these histories have been intertwined with the political and social circumstances of the countries they lived in. Music navigates their deeply rooted belonging to these places, and represents a unique approach to dealing with layered and complex identities. From Mimouna to Bakkashot, the Jews of Arabic-speaking lands have developed a distinctive repertoire for celebration and mourning that sits proudly alongside the popular music of the Arab world.

The Jewish Music Institute is excited to launch an innovative two day Judeo-Arabic music workshop and conference in London. This program, which is a first in the UK, brings together an international group of experts for a two-day extravaganza to celebrate the richness of Judeo-Arabic music. JMI has prepared a line-up of international experts on Judeo-Arabic music for two full days of conferences and workshops which will culminate in a concert by a Judeo-Arabic music celebrity Haim Botbol of Morocco.

This event will be run in collaboration with SOAS and University of Cambridge.

Conference tickets:
Sunday & Monday: £72 | Early bird £62 – (including concert)
If you are not purchasing the 2-day ticket then you have to purchase the concert ticket with Haim Botbol on Sunday night additionally here: https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/haimbotbol2020

Sunday £40 | Early-bird £30 (excluding concert)
Monday £30 | Early-bird £25
Early Bird Prices close on 17 January 2020

*student rates 25% discount on full price – please email us for student verification process and discount code

Early Bird Prices close on 17 January 2020
Full Price after 17 January 2020

Concert tickets – if sold separately – will be sold on a dedicated page in our events section.
Students £10 | General Public £15 | Tickets on the door £20

Refund policy:
90% if cancelled before 1 January.
50% if cancelled after 1 January
25% if cancelled after 1 February


EDWIN SEROUSSI Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem



Professor Edwin Seroussi – Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem “Judeo-Arabic Musical Spaces: from medieval Iberia to the present”


Dr. Ruth Davis – Reader in Ethnomusicology, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge “Yemenite Jewish women’s repertoire”

Dr. Vanessa Paloma Elbaz: Research Associate, University of Cambridge “Judeo-Arabic Songs on Hitler and Nazism”

Professor Michael Figueroa: Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina, USA
“Remixing Sephardism: Syrian Jews, Electronic Music, and the Arab American Imaginary”

Dr. Mohamed Ghrab: “The aesthetic synergy between Hebrew and Arabic Tunisian music” Institut de Musique de Sfax, Tunisia

Professor Jonathan Glasser: Associate professor, William & Mary University, USA
“The Judeo-Arabic Debate, Musical and Unmusical”

Professor Mark Kligman,Chair of ethomusicology at Herb Alpert Schools of Music, UCLA, USA (Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music; Director, The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music) “Syrian Judeo-Arabic music and liturgy”

Imam Lajjam, PhD Candidate, Université Hassan II, Casablanca, Maroc “How I discovered Haketia: or the retelling a story in a Judeo-Moroccan musical rhythm”

Dr. Elmehdi Lahmamed: Research Assistant, Ibn Khaldon Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences, Qatar University “Hearing the Absentees: What can Moroccan Jewish Music Tell us About People and Society?”

Dr Bea Lewkowicz Daisy Abbudi
“Sephardi Voices UK; presents Yehezkial Kojaman – life in focus”

Dr Sara Manasseh – Independent Researcher
“Iraqi Jewish song: Sacred to secular – from Baghdad to Bombay and Poona”
and “Song workshop: Iraqi Jewish Song”

Dr. Moshe Morad, Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Chair of the Israeli Forum for Contemporary Ethnomusicology, and radio broadcaster
“Mizrahi(t) and Queer: Judeo-Arabic popular music and intersectionality in Israel”

Dr. Naama Perel Tzadok: Lecturer, Kineret Sound Engineering College, Israel 
“The Integration of the Jewish Yemenites’  Folk Music in Israeli Art Music”

Dr Merav Rosenfeld-Haddad Research Fellow, Co-Principal Investigator for the ‘Living in Harmony’ “From Baghdad to London: On Iraqi Jewish-Muslim-Christian Coexistence.”

Xavier Sayeed, Emory University (PhD Candidate) “Echoes of Al-Andalus: Generational Approach to Andalusian Music in Israel”

Dr. Ilana Webster-Kogen Joe Loss Lecturer, SOAS, University of London: “No particular sharh: Drawing New Borders for a Magrebi Torah”

Dr. Clara Wenz, Ethnomusicology Reader, SOAS University of London
“From “Min Ha-Amim Lisgulah” to “Nʿamel Eh Lil-ʿUzāl” The Journey of the Famous Record, Part II”

Dr. Stephen Wilford, Research Associate, University of Cambridge Exhibition of French Colonial Postcards of Jewish Maghrebi Musicians.

Haim Botbol –
“Judeo-Arabic Wedding songs Workshop with Haim Botbol and his musicians”

Sara Manasseh – “Song workshop: Iraqi Jewish Song”

Yoav Oved – “Song workshop: Yemeni Jewish Song”

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen (SOAS - University of London)

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen Ilana is the Joe Loss Senior Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS. Her first book Citizen Azmari: Making Ethiopian Music in Tel Aviv was published with Wesleyan University Press in 2018. Her new project focuses on emptiness in Manshiyya on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa border. Her work has been published in Ethnomusicology Forum, African and Black Diaspora and the Journal of African Cultural Studies.

SOAS page here

Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (University of Cambridge)

Research Associate at the University of Cambridge working on the the ERC funded project Past and Present Musical Encounters Across the Strait of Gibraltar. Her research focuses on issues of music, narrative and power structures in Morocco’s Jewish music. Founder of KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive, her work has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, I24 and Al Jazeera among others. Former Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to Morocco and Posen Fellow, her research has also been funded by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies and the Righteous Persons Foundation. She is also a professional performer of Sephardi repertoires.

Cambridge University page here

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