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20 Feb 2008

Sephardi singer keeps father's ancient passions and language alive in song

Levy_Yasmin.png[The Age, 21 February 2008]

From a deep and spiritual history come songs of relevance to every era, writes Michael Dwyer.

YASMIN Levy's musical journey started in 1492, in the purges of the Spanish Inquisition. It was the year Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella sent Christopher Columbus west in search of wealth and glory, and hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing in every direction under threat of extermination.

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