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New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs
New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs

New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs

Product ID : 16186611

Galleon Product ID 16186611
UPC / ISBN 093074049327
Shipping Weight 0.18 lbs
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Model SFW40493
Manufacturer Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Shipping Dimension 5.55 x 4.96 x 0.55 inches
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Brand Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Number Of Discs 2
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2001-06-12
Release Date 2001-06-12
Running Time 121
UPC 093074049327

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About New York City: Global Beat Of The Boroughs

This collection makes a strong case that New York has a more ethnically diverse population of musicians than any other city in the world. In what other place can you hear Albanian shepherds' ballads, Cantonese wedding marches, Irish fiddle tunes, and Haitian gospel music, all within a few blocks of each other? This two-CD set includes examples of all of these, as well as music from recent Indo-Caribbean immigrants, a Trinidadian-style steel-drum band, and selections from two separate tribes of Gypsies. The musicians range from traditionalists like Gee Sook Baek, a Korean musician who is preserving the ancient classical music of her homeland, to players like Luis Dias, a guitarist and singer who blends rock attitude with the rhythms and melodies of the Dominican Republic. Even though Global Beat of the Boroughs includes 31 tracks, it only hints at the phenomenal variety of music played in New York City, but because the tracks are so well chosen, the musical depth of the individual selections more than makes up for the (relative) lack of breadth. --Michael Simmons