Sunday 28 June, 2009
This past Friday, June 26th, Jo Amar passed away. Jo Amar was an unbelievable talent and contributed a tremendous amount to modern Jewish Music. Jo Amar will be sorely missed and to remember this amazing singer MostlyMusic.com is offering a free download. You can download “Barcalona” by Jo Amar from HASC Volume 2 page for free for one week only. (Ends Sunday July 5th)
To download the free track go to the HASC Volume 2 page and add that track to the cart (it’s free) just sign into your MostlyMusic.com account and checkout. No credit card or payment required. You will automatically be prompted to download the free track. If you have any problems or questions feel free to email Sruly at SrulyM@mostlymusic.com.
Here is the article from TheJerusalemPost:
If you have never heard Jo Amar’s beautiful voice before, now is your chance to discover this amazing talent.
Amar was an Israeli icon during the early years of the state, a favorite of the newly arrived Sephardic immigrants.
Amar immigrated to Israel in 1956. He pioneered the fusion of classical Jewish Sephardic and Arabic tunes with Western musical sensibilities, thereby helping give birth to the style labeled Mizrahi music today.
The lyrics usually discussed the personal and social angst and joys of Middle Eastern immigrants who sought to find a place in Israeli society. Amar was also a highly-regarded cantor.
The casket of Amar, who recently joined his children in the United States, was brought to Israel Saturday night. His funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at Yad Rambam, the moshav where he stayed on visits to Israel in recent years.
Amar made aliya in 1956, but later left Israel and divided his time between Europe and the United States. However, he continued to visit Israel to perform.
After the death of his wife Remond, Amar returned to Israel. He was wheelchair-bound after having suffered a stroke in 2000, and two years ago, suffered a second stroke, which worsened the condition of his Parkinson’s disease, from which he also suffered at a late age.
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