HipHopKhasene: a marriage between hip hop and Klezmer

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Jewish identity is increasingly fluid in Canada, as evidenced by new developments in Jewish culture. Klezmer music—traditionally associated with Jewish wedding celebrations—has experienced a mass revival and entry into the mainstream and has become firmly entrenched within Yiddish culture, including the emergence of new unions with genres such as hip hop. This close study of a bilingual Yiddish—English track called ‘‘Kale bazetsn’’ (Veiling the Bride) by Canadian artist DJ Socalled (a.k.a. Josh Dolgin) on his 2003 album HipHopKhasene situates it within the paradoxical state of secular Yiddish culture today: While the Yiddish language is facing global attrition, there is renewed interest in its culture among young musicians and audiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-380
Number of pages16
JournalStudies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • DJ Socalled
  • Josh Dolgin
  • klezmer
  • la culture Yiddish
  • Yiddish culture

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