Album: Yasmin Levy, Sentir (World Village)

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Yasmin Levy is devoted to the music of her Ladino ancestry: this CD brings her usual fare, plus some extra songs she has written, with an extraordinary act of filial piety at its core.

Her father, a celebrated collector of Sephardic songs, died when she was one year old: here we get his recorded voice, singing the wistful Ladino love song "Una Pastora", to which she adds her own. Most of her fans will fall on this CD with delight, but I – finding her style too calculatedly emotional – have reservations.

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