Shelemay’s presentation provided an overview of the Ethiopian Jewish tradition based on the only musical study of their liturgy and its musical content before their departure from Ethiopia. Here song revealed unexpected insights into both the Ethiopian Jewish past and the processes through which Ethiopian Jews became part of the broader Jewish world.


Kay Kaufman Shelemay is Gordon Watts Professor of Music and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.


Kay Kaufman Shelemay (Harvard University)


Sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
Funding Provided by the
Natalie Limonick Endowment in Jewish Civilization
Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at UCLA
Cosponsored by the
UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
UCLA Center for the Study of Religion
UCLA Coleman African Studies Center
UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies