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The Brodersänger or Broder singers, from Brody in Ukraine, were Jewish singers, who from at least the early 19th century were among the first to publicly perform Yiddish-language songs outside of Purim plays and wedding parties, and who were an important precursor to Yiddish theater. The most famous Broder singer was Berl Margulis, better known as Berl Broder (1815–1868).
Broder singers were a direct outgrowth of the badchonim who performed before and after weddings.
The first written records of the Broder singers are the remarks of Jews passing through Brody, which was a trading center on a major route of travel, generally disapproving of the singing of songs when no particular occasion called for music.
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