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New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs

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Disc 1 of 2
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Fiesta de Plena [Puerto Rican Plena-Jazz]
Artist: Viento De Agua
3:45
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Campo [Puerto Rican Traditional Bomba]
Artist: Los Pleneros de la 21
5:00
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Los Vecinos Oyen [Dominican Bachata Rock Song]
Artist: Luis Dias
4:10
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Cana Brava [Dominican Merengue Tipico]
Artist: Jose Quezada
4:45
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Kang�ajekrahi [Albanian Rural Folk Song]
Artist: Besim Muriqi
0:57
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Shota [Albanian Dance Song from Kosova] [Live]
Artist: Besim Muriqi
2:21
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Doli Goca N' Penxhere
Artist: Marita Halili
2:30
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Xing Jie [Theaditional Cantonese Wedding Processional Music]
Artist: Music From China
6:15
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Nachay Nandalala [Indo-Caribbean Chauti-Style Tan Sangeet Song]
Artist: Sampat Dino Boodram
3:50
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Sanjo Kayageum [Korean Classical Composition]
Artist: Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association
5:11
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Fakoli [Traditional Bambara Jaliya Song]
Artist: Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden
6:05
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Yesa Afro-Cuban Santera Ritual Song]
Artist: Orlando "Puntilla" Rio
2:29
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Oquendo y Libre {Puerto Rican Salsa]
Artist: Manny Oquendo And Libre
4:02
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My Time (Excerpt)
Artist: CASYM Steel Orchestra
3:39
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Everything Will Be Alright [African-American Gospel]
Artist: Rev. Timothy Wright
4:11
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Disc 2 of 2
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Cocek Manhattan [Bulgarian-Gypsy Wedding Music]
Artist: Yuri Yunakov Ensemble
3:30
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Milino Kolo [Banat Romanian-Gypsy Medley]
Artist: Sau Family Orchestra
3:55
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Crowley's/Jackson's [Medley of Irish Fiddle Tunes With Jazz-Rock Fusio]
Artist: Eileen Ivers
3:22
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The Galloping Hound/McGreavy's/Cat's Meow/Fraher's [Medley of Irish Fiddle]
Artist: Cherish The Ladies
4:45
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Miroloi (Exerpt)
Artist: Halkias Family Orchestra
3:32
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Kokkino Gramma [Greek Modern Rebetika Song]
Artist: Grigoris Maninakis and Mikrokosmos
4:22
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A Freylekhn Purim [Hasidic Jewish Holiday Dance Melody]
Artist: Andy Statman
4:15
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Khsidim Tanz [Klezmer Dance Music]
Artist: The Klezmatics
4:17
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Rara Processional [Haitian Rara Processional]/Kongo [Excerpt]
Artist: Frisner Augustin and La Troupe Makandal
5:47
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Sa Li Fe Pou Mwen [Haitian Gospel] [Excerpt]
Artist: Dickson Guillaume
3:58
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Charanga Completa [Colombian Vallenato] [Live]
Artist: Los Macondos
5:40
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Olive Harvest [Contemporary Arab Composition] [Live]
Artist: Simon Shaheen and Qantara
4:08
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Segah Siute: Chrouky/Abou Zelof/Muwashshah [Traditional Lebanese Song]
Artist: Naji Youssef
6:05
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Improvisation on Mugam Chargah and "Gubayenim" [Mountain Jewish Music]
Artist: Ensemble Tereza
4:04
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Haida-Haida [Medley of Ukrainian Dance Tunes]
Artist: Cheres
2:13
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O Giglio E Paradiso [Italian Neapolitan Feast Song]
Artist: Phil Valli Orchestra with Salvatore Tuddy Ferrara
3:43
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04.22.11
Various Artists - Smithsonian Folkways, New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

New York has long been a one-city trip around the world, and that's vividly demonstrated by this wide-ranging compilation. With so many cultures represented among players living in the five boroughs, the city is spoiled for musical riches. Some have enjoyed long professional careers, like the female Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies, whilst others, such as Besim Muriqi, are essentially unknown. But the quality of the performances here is universally high. That's part of what… read more »

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They Say All Music Guide

This double-CD collection (for the price of a single disc) is a wonder of modern music from around the globe, all centered — deeply — in the international communities residing in New York City’s boroughs from Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. The Smithsonian Folkways project has assembled, from the heart of the ethnic communities themselves, a transnational montage of such beauty, power, and passion, it is almost impossible to take both CDs in at one listen. While some of the performers here are well known, such as Manny Oquendo’s y Libre and Simon Shaheen, Eileen Ivers, the Klezmatics, Cherish the Ladies, and Andy Statman (all of whom have deep roots in the communities as cultural workers), the rest are virtually unknown outside their neighborhoods. There is the deep Columbian charanga blues of Los Macondos juxtaposed with the Jewish mountain music of El Tereza; the listener will find the radical swinging gospel of Rev. Timothy White and the Grace Tabernacle Choir near the traditional Puerto Rican bomba preached by the “Singing Newspaper” Los Pleneros de la 21. And while diversity in an of itself is no guarantee of quality in a series of proceedings like these, the production care and attention to detail in the sequencing — let alone the phenomenal liner notes — create a world that is united not only in song, but in the proximity of their region, as separate cultures thriving and succeeding in carrying on as traditional cultures in a single territory. And as the traditions take on new shades of meaning and expression from their new homeland — Dominican singer Luis Dias’ “Los Vecinos Oyen,” which carries its traditional melody into the den of rock & roll dynamics and viscera, or Yuri Yukanov’s melding of free jazz with Bulgarian and Ukranian wedding music — a transcultural extension of music itself occurs. There are 31 selections here, from many nations, from Greece to Russia, to Latin America, the Middle East, and Southern Africa. All of them reflect the determination of preserving their heritages in a foreign land, while widening this new terrain with those traditions, cultural mannerisms, and artifacts, in this case the wealth and breadth of music. This was the finest collection of world music to come out on any American label in five years. That all of these musicians were residing in the city of New York makes it the most important cultural document since Harry Smith’s original Anthology of American Folk Music. – Thom Jurek

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