“The dialect of the Jewish Moroccan women, in which I sing and which I have been studying for years, perfectly matches my hybrid identity as a woman rooted in the cultural seam between Hebrew, Latin and Arabic- between East and West.”
Lala Tamar is a singer and artist whose debut album is sung entirely by Moroccan Jewish women-- in Ladino. Haaretz journalist Inas Elias has described her as belonging to a cache of “young artists who choose to sing in the languages of their mothers who hailed from Arab and Muslim countries.” Bloch doesn’t only make contemporary music in Moroccan Arabic and Ladino, she revives the culture itself, so that a new culture is born, one that is absolutely unique yet recognized around the world. She collaborates with a variety of other Arabic speakers: Palestinian artists as well as Muslims and Moroccans in both Israel and abroad. In addition, she leads two female choirs and educates children about North African and Andalusian traditions.