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Salim Halali: Bringing Down the House

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

In this workshop, learn a famous hit by Salim Halali, one of the greatest singers of 1960s North Africa. Halali was an Algerian, Jewish, and openly gay superstar who famously held 6-hour long concerts of chaabi (popular North African) music. Come learn about his life and dance to his irresistible grooves from Laura Elkeslassy.


Laura Elkeslassy

Laura Elkeslassy is a singer, actor and educator based in Brooklyn. Born in France, with Moroccan and Israeli roots, Laura blends Judeo-Arab, Middle Eastern and Andalusian repertoires in her music. Her current work focuses on reclaiming the Moroccan Jewish liturgical tradition and the North African musical heritage from a feminist standpoint. Laura holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University and an MSc in Business from HEC Paris. She has been vocally trained by Kristin Linklater, Met Opera Baritone Mark Oswald and is currently deepening her knowledge of Moroccan Jewish Cantorship & Maqam with the Maghreb Institute for Song in Jerusalem. Laura is a multiple-time recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council grants and Rise Up! Fellowships as well as a 2021 New Jewish Culture Fellow and a 2022 Rising Leader Fellow with the Open Society Foundation.
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