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The World in Chicago

by Chicago Folklore Ensemble

Music collected from Chicago immigrants played by string quartet with featured soloists from Argentina, Thailand, Jordan, Ghana, and Serbia.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tinta Roja
2:51 $0.99
2. Balderrama (feat. Alba Guerra)
3:15 $0.99
3. Un Candombe Para Gardel (feat. Alba Guerra)
3:26 $0.99
4. Si Se Calla El Cantor
3:54 $0.99
5. Thai Cha-Cha-Cha: Bu Kai Gai Lohng / Dek Bam
2:12 $0.99
6. Lam Vong Medley: Lam Vong Dor Pra Suk / Sam-Rueh Loom Kam / Loy Krathong (feat. Phiwan Phonwiang)
3:40 $0.99
7. Deuan Pen (feat. Phiwan Phonwiang)
3:25 $0.99
8. Yae Kai Mot Dang
2:25 $0.99
9. Jamila
7:16 $0.99
10. Jordanian Folksongs: Billah Ya Nijem Ya Wadah / Ridaha Ridaha (feat. Baha'a Abu-Taha)
2:51 $0.99
11. Anshudat Filastin (feat. Baha'a Abu-Taha)
6:57 $0.99
12. Yaa Amponsah
3:07 $0.99
13. Odo Ye Owu / Towobo Ase (feat. Abee Mensah)
4:23 $0.99
14. Comedy Songs: Audu / Akwele Ya Medya (feat. Abee Mensah)
3:37 $0.99
15. Yen Ara Asase
3:09 $0.99
16. Bojarka (feat. Jovan Mihailović)
3:16 $0.99
17. Jedno Malo Čivuče (feat. Jovan Mihailović)
2:45 $0.99
18. Čoček Iz Vranja / Nizamski Rastanak
10:27 $0.99
19. Songs for the People / Lift Every Voice and Sing (feat. Sojourner Zenobia)
2:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the Serbian mountains of blood and honey to the passionate coasts of Argentina, rattling buses tearing through the Thai countryside, and back to sweet home Chicago, embark on a journey of melody and memory. Listen for the human within each story, the worlds resonating from each song!

Chicago Folklore Ensemble celebrates Chicago's immigrant communities and helps share and pass on their oral histories and traditional music. We interview master musicians from around the world, asking them to teach us songs from their homelands. Over many months, the masters mentor us on the stylistic nuances of their traditional music. Playing music brings back memories, and they share stories that provide cultural, historical, and personal context to the songs. Our stage show interweaves the stories and songs collected in our interviews in a dynamic performance of string quartet and storyteller.

This album presents a selection of songs we learned from five immigrant musicians, as original arrangements for string quartet. Ten tracks feature the master musicians as soloists with the quartet. Our storyteller is featured on the final track. The companion book (available on our website), also called The World In Chicago, relates the oral histories of these five immigrants and how music has shaped their worlds.

The Quartet:
Lucia Thomas, violin
Sam Hyson, violin
Robert Fisher, viola
Ellen Frolichstein, cello

Featured Artists:
Alba Guerra, singer from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phiwan Phonwiang, singer and khaen player from Taphan Hin, Thailand
Baha'a Abu-Taha, singer and oud player from Amman, Jordan
Abee Mensah, singer and keyboard player from Cape Coast, Ghana
Jovan Mihailović, violin player from Belgrade, Serbia
Sojourner Zenobia, storyteller

Arrangements by Lucia Thomas & Sam Hyson
Recording & engineering by Gene "Zhenya" Nemirovsky
Artwork by Jovan Mihailović



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