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Daddo – “The Ladino Voice” – Fa Music 2006


Feeling a bit camera shy


Renowned singer and actress Daddo is back with
The Ladino Voice, a collection of fresh interpretations of
classic mediterranean melodies.

Ladino is a Hispanic dialect. Large Ladino-speaking Jewish communities flourished across the mediterranean until the mid-20th Century, with notable concentrations in Tessaloniki and Izmir. The Ladino songbook is full of famous melodies of heartbreak, exile and love, such as ‘Morenika’ (‘The Black-haired Girl’; track 10 on the CD) and ‘Adio Kerida’ (‘Goodbye Darling’; track 6).

Daddo was born in the small Israeli town of Acre (Akko), near the Lebanese border,a town marked by the peaceful co-existence of Jews and Arabs. From childhood, Dganit was exposed to the rich traditions of the Ladino language and culture,and fell in love with them.

Daddo grew up to be a star of the Israeli National Theatre -“HABIMA”,
performing to great acclaim before audiences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. A fruitful musical partnership with multitalented musician Yuval Keydar has led to several joint musical projects, ranging from ethnically-tinged electronic dance music, to powerful original ballads, to worldwide tours with raconteur extraordinaire Amos Ettinger. Many of these projects are available in record form on the FaMusic label.

Daddo's newest record, The Ladino Voice (FMR006), realizes her dream of giving new life to the old Ladino melodies. Drinking songs (‘La Vida Do Por El Raki’), love songs, and improbable tales of women giving birth to camels (‘Osasa’) were all treated to lush, modern arrangements, performed by a large ensemble including the Middle East’s premier session guitarist, Avi Singolda, and virtuoso Double-bass player Nir Komforty of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Arab percussionists Samy Renawy and Mahran Moreb complete the rich tapestry of sound.

Featuring Arab and Jewish musicians playing modern arrangements of ancient mediterranean songs, The Ladino Voice crosses cultural and ethnic boundaries, carried by the powerful voice of Daddo.
Daddo and her ensemble are now touring Europe and the world in support of The Ladino Voice, bearing the enchantment of Ladino song and culture