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This is Jaffa Road's debut album, it was nominated for world music album of the year at the 2010 JUNO AWARDS. The first track LYG, won the Lennon Award and the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting contest.


released March 25, 2009

Aviva Cherncik - Vocals
Aaron Lightstone - oud, guitar, synth, saz
Chris Gartner- Bass
Jeff Wilson - Percussion
Sundar Viswanathan- Sax

Special Guest Artists:
Dr. George Sawa - Qanoon
Ravi Naimpally - Tabla
Ernie Tollar - ney, bansuri
Chris Mclkhool- violin
Hazan Aaron Bensoussan- vocal

Produced by Chris Gartner with Aaron Lightstone



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Track Name: LYG (Lo Yisa Goy)
Lo Yisa Goy El Goy Cherev
Lo Yilmedu od Milchama

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield
By the Riverside
Track Name: Makom Shemesh
Makom Shemesh

Written by: Haviva Pedaya

Transliterated Hebrew Lyrics

Makom shemesh
Zavach me'orav va'yivar
Makom zanach karnav va'yach
Selah, rosho rach

Makom Haveetoor
Makom Hakmeha
Makom Pashoot
Makom Noash
Makom Libi She'af Zarach

Translated Lyrics (Translation by Rabbi Aubrey Glazer)

A place of sun
A place out there that the sun consumed
And t'was blazing
A place where it abandoned its
Beating, stone tender head

Abnegation place
A yearning place
A simple place
A hopeless place
A place where heart and hand shone

To read more of Rabbi Glazer's poetic translations of contemporary Hebrew Poetry check out his book Mystic Vertigo.
Track Name: Pajarito

Written by: Thomas Sors

(Little Bird -Translation in brackets)

Pajarito, pajarito
(Little bird, little bird)
Como cantas tu cancion?
(How do you sing your song?)
Sin orgullo o envidia
(Without pride or envy)
Bien admiro tu devocion.
(I well admire your devotion)

Pajarito, pajarito
(Little bird, little bird)
Como va tu historia?
(How does your story go?)
Cantamela por ahora
(Sing it to me for now)
Con tu voz de la gloria.
(With your glorious voice.)

Pajarito Colorado
(Painted little bird)
Plumas llenas de color
(Feathers full of colour)
Pajarito rodeado
(Little bird surrounded)
Con tus llantos de dolor.
(By your howls (wails) of pain.)

This bitter-sweet ballad is a new song written in the style of the old Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) folk songs that we have been soaking up for the last few years.