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Listen to This Jewish Bluegrass Band Gorgeously Cover Caribbean Song

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I’m always on the lookout for new music. This is why I was excited when I discovered the song “I Want to Hear Somebody Pray,” which was covered by the Jewish American band Nefesh Mountain. It’s originally a Caribbean song that the band fell in love with.

The founders of the band are a husband and wife team: Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff who are also joined by Sam Bush, Mark Schatz, Scott Vestal, Rob Ickes, and Gary Oleyar. They describe themselves as “pioneers of a new sound where Jewish Sprit and Soul meet with Bluegrass and Old-time musical traditions.”

The song itself is catchy and upbeat–the band did apparently add some original lyrics and melodies to the original, and say they’re “singing this spiritual from both a Jewish and universal perspective with the addition of some original lyrics and melodies. This song speaks to our need as a people to hear and listen to the voices and truths of not only ourselves, but the ones around us as well.”

Listen to the song below:


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

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