by yossi | November 4, 2019 3:13 pm
L’dor Vador, the first single off Choni G’s soon to be released album, is a fresh take on one of the world’s best loved traditional Jewish choral ballads.
Choni Goldman, aka Choni G, the fresh-faced ‘pop’ chazan of the historic Cape Town Hebrew Congregation, or Gardens Shul (the city’s oldest and most famous synagogue), is known for gooseflesh-inducing renditions of ancient Jewish prayers and melodies. His latest single, a contemporary remix of L’dor Vador, is no exception.
The popular ballad by American cantor and composer of contemporary Jewish liturgical music, Meir Finkelstein, speaks to Jewish continuity through the ages, and the passing on of traditions from generation to generation.
“It’s a moving modern choral song that’s popular in synagogues around the world and with our congregation. I performed it at a very special havdalah concert at a bar mitzvah recently and the vibe was so electric, I was inspired to record a version for the album, even though I’d already completed the song selection” says Choni.
Choni’s debut album – ‘5780’ – is scheduled for release in December this year. The 16-track album showcases his distinctive sound: uplifting and emotive melodies that have their roots in Jewish spirituality, yet resonate with audiences from all walks of life.
“The album also features a mix of dance, hip hop beats and a lot of soul. Some tracks are originals and some are reimagined classics, but there’s an African thread throughout” says Choni.
A household name in the South African Jewish community, Choni has performed at events around the world.
“I grew up in a synagogue with a strong chazan and choir, which made a big impact on me and continues to influence my music. You could say that I’m remixing my childhood memories” says Choni.
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