BEN­JAMIN LAPIDUS

Heren­cia Judía Tre­sero Pro­duc­tions

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Down­load tracks: Etz Chaim, Dayenu The lan­guid sen­su­al­ity of Cuban rhythms crossed with the de­vo­tion of Jewish litur­gi­cal mu­sic – now there’s a cross-fer­til­i­sa­tion that hasn’t been ped­dled to the masses yet. But is it a mar­riage made in some mul­ti­cul­tural par­adise? The an­swer is em­phat­i­cally ‘no’. Afro-Caribbean mu­sic thrives on its in­her­ent flex­i­bil­ity, its abil­ity to see around cor­ners and go with the flow. Brook­lyner Ben­jamin Lapidus’s at­tempt to in­ter-stitch his deeply-held faith into the ta­pes­try falls foul of the in­sis­tent, un­yield­ing and re­strained range within which his lyrics ex­ist. And this, de­spite his of­ten fas­ci­nat­ing so­cio-po­lit­i­cal ref­er­ences, which in­clude a mourn­ing prayer in me­mory of the ex­e­cuted jour­nal­ist Daniel Pearl. Lapidus seeks out the car­ni­val of Guan­tanamo and San­ti­ago, but his earnest­ness over­whelms the in­fec­tious rhythms of Cas­tro land. www.tre­sero­pro­duc­tions.com

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