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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Belly Dancing At The Cafe Feenjon - The Feenjon Group


Erev Shel Shoshanim

Belly Dancing At The Cafe Feenjon
The Feenjon Group
Produced and Directed by Menachem Dworman
Monitor STEREO MFS 497

From the back cover: The Feenjon Group can be heard nightly at the Cafe Feenjon, located on Macdougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village. From the very beginning, the Feenjon has been a mecca for lvoers of Israeli, Greek, Arabic, Turkish and Armenian song and dance. Many notables of the entertainment world, too, attracted by the informal atmosphere and musical excitement of the Cafe, have become late-late habitués and frequently participate in the performances. Such celebrities include Herschel Bernardi, Theodore Bikel, Eartha Kit, Yaffa Yarkoni, Shoshana Damari, Jose Feliciano, Allan Sherman and others.

Erwin Frankel, host of WFRM's Music From Around The World, has described the unique Feenjon sound as "at time sensuous, often lilting, always passionate... seduces the listener into hand-clapping, shoulder-weaving, foot-hopping participation."

Menachem Dworman is the founder of the Cafe and leader of the Group. His self-taught guitar and out are the sparks that give Feenjon performances their warmth and excitement. He has take the Group to countless concerts which include Carnegie and Town Halls and the New York World's Fair. Manny has recorded Near Eastern and Greek as well as Israeli music.

Margalit Ankory is a fifth-generation Sabrah. Her professional background includes theater, musical comedy and two movie appearances. She was selected by Harold Prince to play one of the leads in the forthcoming musical based on "Zorba the Greek." Her recorded version of Jerusalem Of Gold has been widely acclaimed as one of the most sensitive renditions of this beautiful song.

Jerry Sappir dates back to "the old Feenjon." His musical warmth and sensitivity as well as his wit and charm add greatly to the Group's personality. A graduate of the School of Performing Arts and Brooklyn College, singer-guitarist Jerry has toured with a contorial choir, made many TV appearances and displayed his versatility on several records albums.

Angelo Saridis, the newest member of the Feenjon Group, was born in Athens, where he perfected his guitar virtuosity. He has played in many clubs in Greece and toured in Israel where he was noted for his Italian as well as his Greek Music. Angelo Came to the United States in 1961 and performed in many parts of the country until he joined the Feenjon Group.

Ali Hafid, the only Arab member of the Feenjon Group, was brought to the United States to perform at the Moroccan Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. Ali is considered to be the outstanding drummer in the field of Near Eastern music.

Jimmy Linardos received his musical training in conservatories in Corfu (where he was born) and Athens. He has recorded for Monitor an album of his own original compositions entitled "Ballads Of A Greek Cafe." His magnificent accordion playing on the present recordings as well as the previous Feenjon Goes Greek rounds out the Feenjon sound.

Includes Steve Knight: Guitar & Lou Mavrogian, Bass

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Aina Zorga
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