The following three songs are sung in honour of the famous Tanna Rabbi Meir Baal HaNes whose Hilula is today (14 Iyar). This song is the most popular song for the Hilula in my community in Toronto. It can be adapted to any quatrain song like Rau Banim. It is very easy to learn with the the line Rbi Meir Baal Hanes repeating itself as the chorus. This song is the most popular song for the Hilula worldwide. Maybe it's because the tune is so familiar. The tune for this song is often used for the words "Yoducha Rayonai" that we sing as part of the Zemirot of Shabbat. Maqam Sahli. This Moroccan song speaks about the wonders and beauty of the holy city Teverya (Tiberias). Although it's not specifically directed to Rabbi Meir, since there is a stanza that speaks to him, the custom is to also sing this during his Hilula. The maqam is Sika.
This song was composed by R' David Bouzaglo in honour of Eretz Yisrael. As we celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut this week, I felt it was appropriate this piyut for your liking. It's a difficult piyut to sing, but once you master it, you will love it! As Hazan, here and there, I sing the melody to the tune of Yigdal. It's hard to fit in, but it indeed works. Send me a message privately in the comment section if you want some advice on how to do it. Am Yisrael Hai!
One of the beautiful traditions of Moroccan Jewry is the reading of Pirke Avot during the weeks between Pesah and Shavuot. While many Jewish communities around the world do likewise, Moroccan Jews chant the mishnayot is a beautiful tune that appeals to people of all ages. I can say this truthfully, since it is normally the children who stand up by the Teva to recite the mishnayot. Let's just call it a prelude to the Bar Mitzvah. Here is the first Perek. (note: The words you see on the screen may differ from the words you hear from my voice. I was using the Siddur Patah Eliyahu when recording.)
Sephardic communities around the world have the custom to sing the Haftara on the 8th day of Pesah in Hebrew and in the language of their mother tongue. I grew up learning it in Old Spanish or Castellano. Here it is for your pleasure.