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2000 Stories by Bob Tarte

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  • Various Artists

    published December 28, 2000

    Various ArtistsCalypso Awakening Smithsonian Folkways In his notes to Trinidad Carnival Roots, musicologist J.D.... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published December 21, 2000

    Arhoolie-label founder Chris Strachwitz spent 40 years combing the nation in search of idiosyncratic ethnic music. His travels are traced in the... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 23, 2000

    In Griot Time stands magnificently on its own as a sampler of Malian string music styles, but it works even better as a soundtrack. Don't... More >>

  • Djeli Moussa Diawara and Bob Brozman

    published November 9, 2000

    Oh, the crimes that have been committed in the name of world beat. The United Nations is convening a court in the Hague to deal with the... More >>

  • Sabah Habas Mustapha and the Jugala All Stars

    published September 21, 2000

    Just ten years ago, riding the leading edge of world beat was a gaggle of guys in fezzes claiming the last name of Mustapha. The 3 Mustaphas 3... More >>

  • Desi Arnaz

    published August 24, 2000

    Desi Arnaz was a television genius. Fifty years down the road, the antics of the Ricardos and the Mertzes may smell musty until you consider that... More >>

  • All in the Family

    published August 10, 2000

    The sarode isn't a big name in the United States. You might even accuse the sitar of hogging all the glory when it comes to lead instruments in... More >>

  • Jai Uttal

    published July 27, 2000

    It's no exaggeration to say Jai Uttal is the best in his genre. He's the only one in his genre. He's built his devotional-music shtick from the... More >>

  • Yulduz Usmanova

    published July 13, 2000

    On the minus side, the self-titled first American release by Uzbekistan's pop songbird Yulduz Usmanova could have been produced by the World Trade... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published June 29, 2000

    Paris, Miami, New York City, Los Angeles. You'd expect to find enclaves of African musicians there. But Portland and Seattle? You bet, and it's... More >>

  • Randy Armstrong

    published June 15, 2000

    The cover of the box set Dinner on the Diner boasts, "two CDs and 64 pages of recipes, photos, and travel adventures ...," and, sure... More >>

  • Carlos Nuñez

    published June 8, 2000

    It's got all the right ingredients for a huge disaster. Os Amores Libres by Galician piper Carlos Nuñez mixes up northern Spanish,... More >>

  • Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman

    published June 1, 2000

    It strains the brain to think that Takashi Hirayasu and Bob Brozman had never played together, never met, never really spoken, and had no idea if... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published May 25, 2000

    Just a few years ago, releasing an anthology of music from the Dominican Republic that wasn't dedicated to merengue would have been unthinkable.... More >>

  • Fanfare Ciocarlia

    published April 27, 2000

    Most music that reaches us from the Balkans is emotionally of a piece with the area's tragic history. But Gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia... More >>

  • Les Ross, Sr.

    published April 13, 2000

    For a fix of Finnish fiddle music, you'd naturally look in the Finland section of your friendly neighborhood CD store. But to satisfy that... More >>

  • Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos

    published March 30, 2000

    If the new CD by guitar troublemaker Marc Ribot and his band Los Cubanos Postizos coheres better than the "fake Cubans" eponymous 1997 debut,... More >>

  • Franco

    published March 16, 2000

    Franco Luambo Makiadi, better known as Franco, was the most influential musician in the history of African pop music. But he doesn't have a single... More >>

  • Mamadou Diabate

    published March 2, 2000

    We all know Africa gave birth to the blues. Identifying the father has been a favorite game of recent CDs, which try to match John Lee Hooker's... More >>

  • Afel Bocoum

    published February 24, 2000

    The talent, if not the ego, of prodigious Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure tended to eclipse the accomplishments of his accompanists. But now that... More >>

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