Ehud Banai: Mizrahi Influenced Eshet Chayil

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This simple, repetitive tune for Eshet Chayil is performed by Ehud Banai, one of the most influential artists in Israel. This song is from his album, “New Song,” where most of the tracks are based on traditional Jewish liturgical songs and prayers. The tunes reflect multiple customs and musical influences, including Banai’s family traditions, the Yemenite and Ashkenazi synagogues of his diverse Jerusalem neighborhood, and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, “The Singing Rabbi.” The modest, chanting nature of Banai’s Eishet Chayil is common in Mizrahi communities. It is possible that this tune reflects the tradition of the Banai family, a famous musical family of Persian descent. 

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