BeSof Ma'agal

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Hebrew: בסוף מעגל, "At the End of the Circle". Partner dance by Itzik Sa'ada, 1983. The dance is often played last in the evening because its Hebrew title can also mean "At the End of the Dance".

The music and original English lyrics were written by Kenny Young, whose name is sometimes mistransliterated from Hebrew as "Keni Yang". The Hebrew lyrics (sung by Arik Sinai) are a translation by Yehonatan Gefen. The original lyrics, which undoubtedly inspired the artistic puzzles and contradictions in the Hebrew, have been lost. Kenny Young believes they are located somewhere in his catalogues but has not been able to find them as of this writing[1].

(One must be careful about the composer's identity: there are at least three songwriters named Kenny Young! The composer of BeSof Ma'agal has been active since the 1960s and is the founder of the environmentalist group Artists Project Earth; he is well known for his Grammy Hall of Fame song "Under the Boardwalk". Other Kennys Young include the leader of Kenny Young and the Eggplants, plus the leader of the southern countrified rock group Kenny Young Band.)

Choreographic note: The man is always on his left foot with the exception of four measures: At the end of the second repetition of part I, the man must hold or fudge in order to start part II by crossing his partner twice on the right foot. He slides twice to the right, again on the right foot, but then switches back to the left to approach his partner. The woman is on her right foot throughout.

Reference

  1. Email from Kenny Young, 3 September 2019

BeSof Ma'agal at israelidances.com
Video at Rokdim