In Jerusalem

The real thing

Sexagenarian Jerusalemite oud player and singer Nino Biton is an authentic master in the field of ethnic music, and his seasoned talents will be on display at a concert at Confederation House on February 20.

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Biton was born in Morocco and made aliya with his family as an infant.

The family settled in the Mamilla neighborhood – in the days before the creation of its swanky shopping district – and the paterfamilias, a tailor by profession and a keen amateur musician, held regular jam sessions with neighbors and other like-minded peers, often including top-class instrumentalists. Unbeknown to his dad, young Biton began to imbibe the heady vibes that emanated from the gatherings, and was soon gripped by a desire to replicate the sounds he heard.

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