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Music of Central Asia

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

The three fascinating new albums on the Smithsonian Folkways imprint that are devoted to the Music of Central Asia (volumes seven, eight and nine in an ongoing series, for those keeping score) might have been titled "Music of the 'Stans." The compilations range from the musics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, into India, and then around the world to expatriate communities in New York and California. One album sets poetry composed hundreds of years… more »