Nani Vazana

Ladino Songs of the Jewish Sephardic Diaspora
The Netherlands
Fri, Sep 8, 2023
Lawn Stage
Sat, Sep 9, 2023
Old Courthouse Stage
Sun, Sep 10, 2023
Cone Health CityStage

Noam “Nani” Vazana is one of the few artists in the world who writes and composes new songs in the endangered Ladino language (Judero-Español).

In her new album Ke Haber (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment.

The soundscape bridges over tradition and modern life, capturing the sounds and smells of the marketplace and fuses them with raw, flamenco like vocals and surprising instrumentations. Soft choral-like trombones embellish mariachi guitars & percussion with glimpses of piano & cello tracks, make this record a magical realistic mosaic.

Nani unveils a piece of history we don’t easily find in other mythology & anthropology. Nani ranked #11 on the RMR chart & #13 on the WMCE chart, represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam and performed at the Kennedy Center USA, BBC Radio 3, London Jazz Festival UK & Jodhpur RIFF festival India. Nani is selected to showcase at Folk Alliance 2023 and previously showcased at APAP & NAMM USA, Jazzahead DE and Injazz NL.