Ladino song / Spain, the Netherlands

“What I like about writing in Ladino,” says Noam “Nani” Vazana, “is that when I look at the past, I see the future. They are intertwined and relevant and alive today” (Song- lines). She is one of the only artists in the world to write and compose new songs in the endangered Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language. She captures the spirit of an ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment. “Ladino . . . has its own vocabulary, with influences from Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, and a number of other languages. Don’t let that stop you, just let yourself be carried away by Nani’s golden voice and her timeless melodies” (Luminous Dash).

Sponsored by IU Borns Jewish Studies Program, Lou & Sybil Mervis Chair in the Study of Jewish Culture

Friday, Sept. 29
Trinity Episcopal Church, First Christian Church

Saturday, Sept. 30
Lotus in the Park
Trinity Episcopal Church

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