Category Archives: Facts

Interesting Fact about Partida

Did you know that Partida’s lead vocalist is a former vocalist of an Indie band from the Philippines? His band, Neruda, has performed all over the Philippines, appeared on MTV Philippines in shows like MTV Rockola and MTV Siesta. Their songs Reign and Take a Seat, Feel the Kick were broadcast on such radio stations…
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Russian folk music

Russian folk music is an integral part of Russian folk culture. As music instruments for a long period were suppressed in Russia (Tsar Alexis I of Russia banned the use of all musical instruments in 1648), in the middle of the XIX century a new type of songs emerged. Nowadays this type of songs is…
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Hungarian folk music

Hungarian folk music originated from the music of Asia, where the Finno-Ugric ancestors came from, and the music of the Slavic tribes. There are also influences of Gypsy music and, to a lesser extent, Turkish music. Among the researchers of Hungarian folk music, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály played a major role. They both were…
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Partida’s full-length album

We are happy to announce that Partida is releasing a full-length album in a month. This album will be available via Apple Music / Spotify. For more information, please visit their Facebook page: @partidamusic
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O Canada

The Canadian anthem was performed by an orchestra conducted by Joseph Vézina on June 24th, 1880 in Quebec for the first time. Then the anthem was in French and was called Chant National (Song of the Nation). The original version of the anthem was written by two Quebecers: Calixa Lavallée (music) and Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier…
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Arabic Musical Instruments – Buzuq

The buzuq (Arabic: بزق‎) is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. The word buzuq comes from the Turkish language and literally means 'burnt head' or 'uprooted.' The buzuq is a hybrid instrument that is not classified among the classical instruments of Arab music. It has a long neck, small…
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Upcoming Documentary about Giya Kancheli

On June 13th Julian Milkis was interviewed by Gregory Antimony, the host of the program “Interview Hour”. In the interview Julian was talking about Giya Kancheli, one of the most famous Georgian composers, who has the talent of expressing human feelings (such as faith, hope, grief, rage, loss) in his music, exclusively through the means…
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Shereen Ladha officially joined the Ghoomar Gang.

Shereen Ladha recently announced that she officially joined the Ghoomar Gang. On her YouTube channel she posted a dance cover for Padmavat/Padmaavati, the story of honor, valor and obsession in medieval India. She created this video with other dancers as a tribute to the female warriors who gathered to make a turning point in the…
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Arabic music

Arabic music puts an emphasis on melody and rhythm, as opposed to harmony. Some genres of Arabic music are polyphonic, but most of Arabic music is usually homophonic. The historical origins of Arabic music are extremely diverse. Early Arab musicians borrowed much from the Egyptians, Assyrians, and Sumerians. Many of the instruments now used are…
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Joseph Macerollo

Exclusive video! In the video, Joseph Macerollo, famous Canadian accordionist, is talking about one of the participants of Russian Sounds of Canada Alexander Sevastian, who passed away on February 16th, 2018. Mr. Macerollo highly speaks of Mr. Sevastian, describes the first time they’ve met, and shares incredible facts of Mr. Sevastian’s personal and professional life.…
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Okavango African Orchestra

What is Okavango African Orchestra? Is it Eritrean? Zimbabwean? Senegalese? Burundian? Ghanaian? Or is it Madagascan? Actually, the orchestra is Eritrean, Zimbabwean, Senegalese, Burundian, Ghanaian, AND Madagascan. It is what its name says: African. A unique band of talented musicians from all parts of Africa, as diverse as Africa’s cultural mosaic itself, it’s a one-of-a-kind,…
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Founders of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Fueled by their passion towards Arabic and Western classical music, Lamees Audeh and Wafa Al Zaghal have been building bridges between these two rich worlds; inviting and engaging Canadian Arab and non-Arab musicians who enjoy performing and exposing this beautiful music to the Canadian public in a new modern style. Lamees Audeh is a Canadian-Palestinian-Jordanian…
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