The Nigun Project: From Our Hiding Places

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“From Our Hiding Places,” this month’s installment of The Nigun Project, features Alexander Benaim, the singer and songwriter behind the indie rock band The Harlem Shakes. Benaim, a composer and writer, is now working on a solo project, which will draw on the sounds of his family’s Moroccan and Iranian origins. Benaim’s flair for creating a sense of place in his music is on full display in our collaboration.

The once-popular melody on which we based this recording is known by the title “ Mi Mitzrayim G’altanu, ” which means, more or less, “Who took us from exile out of Egypt.” It is a phrase from the morning prayers, and the nigun , or wordless melody, may have been sung, at one time, with the text.

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Jeremiah Lockwood

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