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Chika Morena - Ladino Music for Today (2014)

Sarah Aroeste
Year Grant Awarded 2013

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International Ladino composer and vocalist, Sarah Aroeste, created a music video, Chika Morena, to publicize the relevance and importance of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) in the world music landscape. The original song written in the fading Sephardic language is about a young girl who has been kicked out of her homeland and wandering ever since. As she picks up clues from her ancestors along the way, she finally returns to the elusive “home.” In today’s globalized world, so many of us are searching for ways to connect with our roots; this song lays bare that desire.

This video helps publicize contemporary Ladino music, and highlights women as culture-bearers of this beautiful cultural treasure.