Shabbes in Ek Velt: Yiddish Rap Music in Melbourne

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This study investigates the worldviews and strategies associated with Yiddish continuity in Melbourne, Australia, with a focus on musical production. It offers a close study of the intergenerational and collaborative model of cultural production behind the Yiddish-language rap in the song, “Shabbes”, which appeared on the album, ZETS! [Smack!] (2022) by the Melbourne- based band, YID! Using a Jewish cultural studies approach, it considers how the genre of rap expresses Australian legacies of Yiddish, and its deep associations with both family heritage and leftist politics. The interplays between identity and continuity expressed within Yiddish rap suggest a new, youth-oriented iteration of the creative potential of the language and culture within contemporary Jewish Australian life, and more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)31-56
Number of pages26
JournalAustralian Journal of Jewish Studies
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023


  • Jewish youth identity
  • Jewish rap music
  • Australia and Japan
  • Jewish cultural continuity
  • Yiddish language transmission

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