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I Sing and I Pray

The Dybbukast, Season 2, Episode 1: I Sing and I Pray

Season 2, Episode 1

The second season of The Dybbukast begins with an episode about the life and music of Samy Elmaghribi, presented in collaboration with the Museum of Jewish Montreal. Born Salomon Amzallag to a Jewish family in Morocco in 1922, Samy became a major star in his home country and throughout North Africa performing, composing, and recording both traditional and popular music, and later became a cantor and community leader in Montreal. His life’s journey moves through a broad spectrum of time and space, giving us glimpses into moments in history that shaped generations.

Yolande Amzallag, a professional translator and the founding president of the Samy Elmaghribi Foundation, shares about her father's life and legacy as Dr. Christopher Silver, the Segal Family Assistant Professor in Jewish History and Culture at McGill University and curator at, offers insights into Samy's musical history and Dr. Aomar Boum, Professor and Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA, discusses the political and cultural experiences that intersected with Samy’s life.

Read the transcription for "I Sing and I Pray."


Hosted by Aaron Henne

Scholarship provided by Yolande Amzallag, Aomar Boum, PhD, and Christopher Silver, PhD

Original recordings of songs by Samy Elmaghribi and the English translation of their lyrics provided by Yolande Amzallag

Edited by Mark McClain Wilson

Story editing by Clay Steakley with Aaron Henne and Julie A. Lockhart

Theme music composed by Michael Skloff and produced by Sam K.S.

Transcription and fact checking by Dylan Southard

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