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Rapping rhythms at historic East End synagogue

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 05 October 2010

Jewish rapper Eprhyme at Sandy's Row Synagogue

Jewish rapper Eprhyme at Sandy's Row Synagogue

NEW York rapper Eprhyme got heads nodding at London s oldest Ashkenazi synagogue on Monday to celebrate the launch of a Jewish cultural festival. As the world s foremost Jewish hip-hop artist, Eprhyme entertained officials from the London Jewish Forum and

NEW York rapper Eprhyme got heads nodding at London's oldest Ashkenazi synagogue on Monday to celebrate the launch of a Jewish cultural festival.

As the world's foremost Jewish hip-hop artist, Eprhyme entertained officials from the London Jewish Forum and the Greater London Assembly at the launch of first Open Jewish Culture festival at the listed Sandy's Row Synagogue in Spitalfields.

The Brooklyn rapper combined traditional klezmer and Middle Eastern harmonies with jazz and funk rhythms and Kabbalah-themed lyrics as he performed inside the synagogue in front of Boris Johnson's mayoral advisor on arts and culture Munira Mirza.

Open Jewish Culture aims to showcase the best of the capital's Jewish culture in top London venues over the next month.

The programme covers Jewish arts, culture and heritage, looking back at age old traditions while exploring contemporary, challenging themes.

Ms Mirza said: "Open Jewish Culture is a great achievement in showing the diversity of Jewish culture and heritage across London and I hope the coming festival over the next month is a resounding success.


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