Songs of Our People, Songs of Our Neighbors with Susana Behar

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021


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Wednesday, August 18 at 8 pm ET
Free with suggested $10 donation
See “Ways to Watch” below

Celebrate and explore the music of the Havana-born singer of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and Latin American songs, Susana Behar, who recently finished an artist residency at the History Miami Museum. In the eighth episode of Songs of Our People, Songs of Our Neighbors, Behar will chat with NMAJH Public Programs Manager and musician, Dan Samuels, about how she came to Sephardic music, her family’s history from Spain to Miami, and her love of teaching and sustaining Sephardic culture. Behar will be accompanied by guitarist Michel Gonzalez for the live performance portions of the program.

About Susana Behar

Inspired by her distinct heritage, vocalist Susana Behar shares her passion for Latin American popular song, coupled with the evocative music of her Sephardic ancestors. Born in Havana to a Cuban/Turkish Sephardic family, she grew up listening to the Ladino music brought with her grandparents when they came to Cuba as well as the myriad other musical styles which filled the streets, cafes and clubs in Havana. In 1965 Behar emigrated to Venezuela where she explored and performed the music of her newly adopted country, its neighbors, all while continuing to study and perform the music of Sephardic Jews as well as earning a master’s degree in Biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 1983, she emigrated once again, this time to the United States where she has lived ever since. Behar has performed across the United States as well as in Mexico, Canada, Japan and Israel.

About the Songs of Our People Songs of Our Neighbors series:

Launched online in June 2020, this series explores music from varied Jewish traditions and diverse cultures, from the historic and traditional, to the contemporary and reimagined. Through conversations, live and prerecorded performances, and audience Q&A, this series uses music to better understand the complex, culturally diverse communities which make up the Jewish People, and our nation.

Ways to Watch

Facebook: Look for the LIVE post on the Museum’s Facebook page at 8pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program.

NMAJH website: A little before the program start time, the livestream will also be available at the top of this page. You will be prompted to enter your email address. Please note that you may need to refresh your screen and press “play” on the video—the static image will be replaced with the live feed before the program starts.

Zoom: The museum can welcome 500 people to attend this program on Zoom. Guarantee your spot by registering today–click here.


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