Bob Tarte

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  • 13 years ago | Music News

    On the battlefield, a warrior grapples with despair. He's certain his cause is just. A rival family has stolen his family's kingdom, but the price he must pay to regain it is too high. Many of his friends and relatives fight on the side of his riv...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    Totó la Momposina is a one-woman walking encyclopedia of Colombian musical folklore. She's also something of a perfectionist. A band with the chops and horn section wielded by her ensemble could easily have cranked out an entire disc of the...

  • 15 years ago | Music News

    Some 40 years ago, Cuba's octave-hopping queen of melodrama, Xiomara Alfaro, poured her persona so thoroughly into the torch song "Siboney" it became impossible to imagine another soul attempting a straight-faced rendition of the same. But Ra&uacu...

  • 15 years ago | Music News

    Castanets and tablas may seem an unlikely combination. But a New York City production called Nacho Nacho: Gypsy Storytelling actually combines flamenco traditions with northern Indian kathak dance styles. Samir Chatterjee, one of the foremost Indi...

  • 15 years ago | Music News

    Various Artists Calypso Awakening (Smithsonian Folkways) In his notes to Trinidad Carnival Roots, musicologist J.D. Elder calls calypso "undoubtedly the national song of Trinidad and Tobago." Today that "national song" has all but gone the way of ...

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