About the song:
The Hasidic “nig’n” is a unique and wonderful gift to the world of music. Without any words at all, it has the power to express a wide range of emotions, and can magically transform from a mournful lament to a song of great celebration with just a change in tempo. The wordless melodies of Eastern Europe, where Hasidism was born and thrived, were carried to Eretz Yisrael with the religious immigrants who came to build the holy land. Those songs of rejoicing that had an especially energetic character were quickly adopted by the secular pioneers, who sang them as a reflection of their devotion to the land. Tumba, with its “exotic” scale that encompassed the music of both Eastern Europe and the Middle East, became a popular “cross-over” melody that the religious and secular communities could share.
About the artist:
Emily Bindiger is one of New York’s most in-demand studio singers and vocal arrangers who has performed on hundreds of recordings, including jingles, movie soundtracks, industrials and records, as well as on concert stages worldwide. She began playing clubs in Greenwich Village at age 14. For seven seasons she appeared on the Peabody Award-winning children's TV show, "The Great Space Coaster". Emily has recorded and/or performed with everyone from Neil Sedaka to Leonard Cohen to The Klezmatics, and is a member of the award-winning a cappella group, The Accidentals.
The contribution is for National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance
Since the launch of EIF's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance in March 2000, the program has made a tremendous impact in advancing colorectal cancer research and increasing public awareness of our nation's second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Nearly 20 percent more colonoscopies were performed after NCCRA cofounder Katie Couric's live-on-the-air procedure appeared on NBC's "TODAY" three years ago to promote colorectal cancer screening. Dubbing it the "Couric Effect," University of Michigan researchers called the impact profound.