Traditional Crossroads

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Looking for a collection of Turkish cabaret singers from the first half of the 20th century? Okay, you may not be, but if you were, you could get it from Traditional Crossroads Records. Not only is the CD excellent, the insert is as thick as they could make it–packed with information about the style, the time, and biographies on each singer. Amazing stuff.

Traditional Crossroads carries music from Africa, China, Bulgaria, and a dozen other places I want to explore. What caught my eye were their two disks from Djivan Gasparyan, master of the duduk. I have a tape of I Will Not Be Sad in This World–the irony being that the duduk is the saddest instrument ever created.

I can see where my music budget is going for the next six months.

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