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Bagels And Bongos: The Jewish-Latin Music Connection

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Bagels And Bongos: The Jewish-Latin Music Connection

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Bagels And Bongos: The Jewish-Latin Music Connection

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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. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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.

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Find out more about the history of the cultural connections between the Latino and Jewish communities from NPR's Latino USA.

This week on Alt.Latino, we explore 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?).

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you've got more examples, be sure to let us know in the comments section.

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Celia Cruz

  • Song: Hava Nagila
  • from Latino Erotico
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Latino Erotico
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Latino Erotico
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Various Artists
Label
Dressed To Kill
Released
2000

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Mickey Katz And His Orchestra

  • Song: My Yiddishe Mambo
  • from It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Idelsohn Society For Musical Preserva
Released
2013

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Eydie Gorme

  • Song: Sabor a Mi
  • from 20 De Coleccion
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20 De Coleccion
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20 De Coleccion
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Eydie Gorme
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Sony Discos Inc.
Released
1993

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Rene Bloch

  • Song: Mambo Chicano
  • from It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s

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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Idelsohn Society For Musical Preserva
Released
2013

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Xavier Cugat

  • Song: Miami Beach Rhumba
  • from It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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Various Artists
Label
Idelsohn Society For Musical Preserva
Released
2013

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Machito

  • Song: Mambo La Concord
  • from It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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Various Artists
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Idelsohn Society For Musical Preserva
Released
2013

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Ruth Wallis

  • Song: It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba
  • from It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
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It's a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba: The Latin-Jewish Musical Story, 1940s-80s
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Idelsohn Society For Musical Preserva
Released
2013

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