There aren't many Chanukah songs in Ladino, and when one comes to mind, it's rarely this one with Turkish roots. I hear it as a sort of psychadelic love song - and the objects of love are the deep fried honey dipped dough balls, known as burmuelos, made to commemorate the miracle of the oil. Fazeremos Una Merenda means it's time to make a meal, and the rest of the song is the recipe for burmuelos. The repeated expression Yaraman Enrume Aman doesn't translate well but I say it's the feeling you get when you've been looking forward all year to a favorite holiday food, and you finally get your first taste in a year.
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Sephardic Song - Jewish music with a world pulse.
Songs of the Sephardic world come to us in Hebrew, Arabic, and most uniquely, Ladino. The song traditions of women have kept Ladino songs alive through the generations. Whether with a single accompanist or an ensemble, LeahAliza Lee honors the authentic sound of Ladino song: a woman's voice honed by the experiences of living. Though the songs come from long ago and far away, their stories of finding your place in love, family, and the world, remain timeless.
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