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Hava Nagila הבה נגילה

Posted by Paul Roberts

17 people like this

Play count: 1600
Size: 2,923kb, uploaded 3/19/2010 6:22:56 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Gold Tone 5-string Cello Banjo tuned gCGCD Hava Nagila הבה נגילה is a Hebrew folk song, the title meaning "let us rejoice". It is a song of celebration, especially popular amongst Jewish and Romani communities, and is a staple of band performers at Jewish festivals. The melody was taken from a Ukrainian folk song from Bukovina. Hava Nagila is often played to accompany the horah, a type of circle dance originating in the Balkans but also found in other countries. It became a national dance in Israel, having been brought to Israel by the Romanian settlers in the second half of the 19th century. In the early days, Horah was popular mainly in the Kibbutzim and small communities. Later it became a must in group dances throughout Israel, and at weddings and other celebrations by Jews in Israel, the United States and Canada. The dance appeared in North America in the early 20th century, well before modern Israeli independence, brought directly from Eastern Europe by Jewish immigrants. At bar and bat mitzvahs, it is custom to raise the honoree and his or her family members on a chair during the horah. This is also done nowadays at many Jewish weddings, following the Israeli tradition. To start the dance, everybody forms a circle, holding hands, and steps forward toward the right with the left foot, then follows with the right foot. The left foot is then brought back, followed by the right foot. This is done while holding hands and circling together in a fast and cheerful motion to the right. Large groups allow for the creation of several concentric circles.

8 comments on “Hava Nagila הבה נגילה”

bblizard Says:
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @6:20:37 AM

Once again, it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Carlaway Says:
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @12:45:14 PM

That sounded so good on the cello banjo. Thanks for posting.
4stringer Says:
Sunday, March 21, 2010 @2:33:56 PM

sounds good boychick! would love to have the tabs for it! ...4strings, ron
strokestyle Says:
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 @10:54:48 AM

Very cool Paul!
CGDA Says:
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 @12:53:50 PM

Very nice...deep Yiddish atmosphere.
courgettelawn Says:
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @1:24:31 PM

I feel truly alive when I hear you play the cello banjo. Sublime.
JanetB Says:
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @7:55:47 AM

You've got my bobe and zeida dancing in heaven!
Paul Roberts Says:
Sunday, July 10, 2011 @8:15:54 AM

Thanks, that makes my day!

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