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New York City: Global Beat of the Boroughs on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: SFW CD 40493

CTMD’s latest CD production was released in June of 2001 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. With 31 tracks on two CDs, this is one of the most comprehensive musical portraits of New York City’s ethnic diversity in one CD issue. Produced in conjunction with the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival presentation of New York City’s folk culture, this CD is the result of CTMD’s collective labors over the past year. We culled the center’s archive and sought out premier artists with who we had worked over the years for their latest and best recordings. For many of the communities represented, the compilation includes both older traditional music and contemporary variations.


Sample Reviews

“This is the finest collection of world music to come out of any American label in five years. That all 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, All Music Guide

“…a straightforward production, well produced with thorough yet accessible notes and without graphic overload or gimmicky exoticism of many world music packages. Words and music, plain and simple, and quite refreshing.” Rob Weisberg, New York Press

“New York is a great international city, and as this double disc set amply demonstrates, New Yorkers can take a trip around the world without ever leaving the front porch. Many artists here have extensive album catalogs, but the rest of the artists are just as compelling. New York’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance has work closed with the city’s immigrant communities, and many of this set’s mast compelling tracks come from the center’s extensive archives.” J. Poet, Pulse


Order Information

Order online with Visa or MasterCard or print out the order form and mail it with a check or money order for US$15.00 (per CD)* plus applicable shipping and handling charges (see chart below) to:

Center for Traditional Music and Dance
200 Church Street, Room 303

New York, New York 10013-3831

*NYS Residents include 8.25% tax

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  1. Fiesta de Plena – Puerto Rican plena-jazz by Viento de Agua

  2. Campo – Puerto Rican traditional bomba by Los Pleneros de la 21

  3. Los Vecinos Oyen – Dominican bachata rock song by Luis Dias

  4. Caña Brava – Dominican merengue típico by José Quezada y los Cinco Diablos

  5. Kangë Majekrahi – Albanian rural folk song by Besim Muriqi

  6. Shota – Albanian dance song from Kosova by Besim Muriqi

  7. Doli goca n’penxhere – Albanian urban folk song by Merita Halili with the Raif Hyseni Orchestra

  8. Xing Jie – Traditional Cantonese wedding processional music by Music From China

  9. Nachay Nandalala – Indo-Caribbean chauti-style tan sangeet song by Sampat Dino Boodram

  10. Sanjo Kayageum – Korean classical composition by the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association

  11. Fakoli – Traditional Bambara jaliya song by Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden

  12. Yesá – Afro-Cuban Santería ritual song by Orlando “Puntilla” Ríos y Nueva Generación

  13. Oquendo y Libre – Puerto Rican salsa by Manny Oquendo y Libre

  14. My Time (excerpt) – Trinidadian calypso by the CASYM Steel Orchestra. Directed by Arddin Herbert.

  15. Everything Will Be Alright – African-American gospel by Reverend Timothy Wright and the Grace Tabernacle Choir

  1. Cocek Manhattan – Bulgarian-Gypsy wedding music by the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble

  2. Milino kolo – Banat Romanian-Gypsy medley performed by the Sau Family Orchestra

  3. Crowley’s/Jackson’s – Medley of Irish fiddle tunes with jazz-rock fusion by Eileen Ivers

  4. The Galloping Hound / McGreavy’s / Cat’s Meow / Fraher’s – Medley of Irish fiddle tunes by Cherish the Ladies

  5. Miroloi (excerpt) – Traditional Epirot Greek song by the Halkias Family Orchestra

  6. Kokkino Gramma – Greek modern rebetika song by Grigoris Maninakis and Mikrokosmos

  7. A Freylekhn Purim – Hasidic Jewish holiday dance melody by Andy Statman

  8. Khsidim Tanz – Klezmer dance music by The Klezmatics

  9. Rara Processional (excerpt) – Haitian rara processional/Kongo (excerpt) – Vodou jazz by Frisner Augustin and La Troupe Makandal

  10. Sa Li Fe Pou Mwen (excerpt) – Haitian gospel performed by Dickson Guillaume & the New York State Haitian Interdenominational Mass Choir

  11. Charanga Completa – Colombian vallenato by Los Macondos

  12. Olive Harvest – Contemporary Arab composition by Simon Shaheen and Qantara

  13. Segah Suite (Chrouky, Abou Zelof, Muwashshah) – Lebanese mountain folk song by Naji Youssef and members of the Near Eastern Music Ensemble

  14. Improvisation on Mugam Chargah and “Gubayenim” – Mountain Jewish music by Ensemble Tereza

  15. Haida-Haida – Medley of Ukrainian dance tunes by Cheres

  16. O Giglio e Paradiso – Italian Neapolitan feast song by the Phil Valli Orchestra with Salvatore “Tuddy” Ferrara