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Sarah Aroeste

“Hello– I just heard about your wonderful project. My family traces back to Northern Spain, and after the Inquisition we ended up in the Balkans (Bitola and Salonika). I’m a professional Ladino singer/song-writer to help preserve my family heritage. I mostly write contemporary music in the language, to show that our wonderful culture is not dying, but is still very much alive today. I have a song in particular that might interest you — it’s called Chika Morena– it’s about the dark-haired gypsy girl kicked out of Spain and wandering ever since, listening to the voice of her ancestors in the hopes of finding her way “home.” You can read more about the song and the full translation here: http://saraharoeste.tumblr.com/post/45854769639/track-3-chika-morena. The song is off of my latest album, Gracia, which I named for the great Dona Gracia Naci, my converso hero of the Inquisition. Many of the songs on the album are dedicated to her and the spirit of so many who have helped to keep our traditions alive.”

Sarah Aroeste
sarah@saraharoeste.com