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Brother Moses Smote the Water


Download links and information about Brother Moses Smote the Water by The Klezmatics, Joshua Nelson. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 57:28 minutes.

Artist: The Klezmatics, Joshua Nelson
Release date: 2005
Genre: Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 10
Duration: 57:28
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No. Title Length
1. Eyliyohu Hanovi 2:38
2. Elijah Rock 9:17
3. Ki Loy Nue 6:40
4. Shnirele, Perele 8:30
5. Walk in Jerusalem 5:17
6. Go Down Moses (feat. Kathryn Farmer) 7:20
7. Moses SmoteThe Water 3:08
8. Oh Mary Don't You Weep 3:48
9. Didn't It Rain 5:01
10. Ale Brider 5:49



The Klezmatics are arguably the most genre-bending performers on the klezmer scene today (and perhaps of any day). Here, they combine with an up-and-coming singer from the South. That singer just happens to be of an ancient order of Judaism and is African-American, and he attempts to fuse gospel soul with traditional Jewish works. Of course, they got along marvelously. The album focuses on the similarities and ties between Jews and blacks, particularly in the aspects of slavery, the shared songs from Passover and gospel services, and the vibrant cultures. There are notes of pure klezmer and of pure gospel, but the concert from which the album was recorded is really a masterpiece of fusion. The styles are crunched together nearly seamlessly, the languages used (alternately Hebrew, Yiddish, and English) being the only differential in some parts. Joshua Nelson (the gospel singer) tends toward a Mahalia Jackson sound, and the Klezmatics themselves do what they always do. Slapped together, it's a joyous, powerful affair. For fans of musical cross-pollination, this album is a godsend. It's cross-cultural fusion done right. For an added bonus, the CD includes a short bit of video footage from the Berlin concert.