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Virtual Rabbi's Tisch with Henry Sapoznik

Friday, October 9, 2020 21 Tishrei 5781

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
“The Lost World of African-American Cantors”  1920-1953

While the history of Black-Jewish cultural interaction always focuses on how Jews adopted and adapted Black music — ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B and blues, etc.  —as performers, promoters, managers, record labels, what has never before been explored were the African-Americans who performed Yiddish and cantorial music in the Jewish community, in theaters on record and on radio between the World Wars. Join Henry Sapoznik to be introduced to the long-forgotten artists who created this dynamic but short-lived racial-cultural dynamic. 


Henry Sapoznik, a child of Holocaust survivors,  began re-popularizing klezmer music the mid-1970s, producing events, books, recordings and 20 years ago produced a Peabody award series on the history of Yiddish radio for National Public Radio.

Sapoznik first discovered African-American cantors in the 1970s but only first documented this forgotten history in the last few months. He hopes his next research breakthrough will not take as long. 

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