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Multicultural Media specializes in producing and distributing world music and dance CDs, Videos and DVDs. We were the co-producers of all of the JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Collections consisting of a total of 41 volumes and 20 books.  We publish the Music of the Earth CD series which represents field recordings from around the world. Multicultural Media has recently introduced its new CD label, Rootstock Recordings, featuring new traditional and contemporary world music artists.

We are especially proud of our relationship with Lyrichord Discs which was founded in 1950, and which has a large collection of world music and early music titles. Multicultural Media and Lyrichord Discs are co-producing a number of new titles and series, among them the Lyrichord Archive series which has been repackaging, in custom-made CD format, archival titles from the large catalog of Lyrichord titles never before released on compact disc. We have also partnered with Lyrichord to release on DVD, for the first time ever, the acclaimed film series on world music and dance by Deben Battacharya from Jeffrey Norton Publishers, previously available only in VHS format..

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Kuwait: Sea Songs of the Arabian Gulf with the Hamid Bin Hussein Sea Band -- Recordings and text by Lisa Urkevich

Kuwait: Sea Songs of the Arabian Gulf -- Hamid Bin Hussein Sea Band  MCM3051

The recordings and extensive notes are by
 Lisa Urkevich.

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The Arabian/Persian Gulf, a region that is among the world's oldest civilizations, is one of the most musical areas of the entire peninsula. Over the centuries, many categories of arts have flourished, but it is the songs of the sea that have a special place in the hearts of nationals. The musical color and texture of Upper Gulf music is like non-other in the Arab world, as large choirs of men join voices to sing heartfelt, haunting melodies over vibrant, percussive timbres. Until the early 20th century, sea songs were heard constantly, sung for both work and recreation, on ship and shore, and during weddings and standard later night gatherings. When sea livelihood diminished, "bands" began to form to keep the musical traditions alive. Today, less than a dozen groups of the Upper Gulf perform sea music. Among the most lauded is the Hamid Bin Hussein Sea Band of Kuwait, who are featured on these recordings.  These men, largely descendants of pearlers and seamen, are cherished in the community, as their performances are both historically accurate and impassioned.  The recordings and detailed notes, with over 30 images, provide a glimpse into a precious music of this ancient culture. 

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