Music

The Rhodian Jews served as significant carriers of the long lasting Sepharadic heritage since they did not only preserve but also contributed in the perpetuation of the Sephardic tradition. They are largely distinguished by the employment of exceptional “romances“, extended narrative ballads that have survived from the epical Spanish poetry of the 13th century combined with the influence of ottoman sounds. Women commonly sang them while completing their everyday chores without accompanying instruments as well as during special occasions. Other favorable songs include the erotic koplas as well others that contain a religious, moral and satiric element.