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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Malta and more.
In an earlier entry, I wrote about the history of Labor Day. In case you were wondering, here are some of the countries where demonstrations were held or where Labor Day was in some way honored around the world today (in some cases against the wishes of the government)... Russia Belarus Japan [...]
The Portuguese first made contact with Japan in 1543. This started the Nanban Trade Period which extended several decades. During this time, the Portuguese introduced tempura and refined sugar to Japan. Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about some of these culinary influences… Konpeito (?'- = [...]
Ruth Cooper wrote to us asking for help with a Yiddish or Russian rhyme that’s a finger game. Here’s her email: The finger game I am trying to track down has motions that go with it. The words (from close to 80 years ago) were something like: Pippa kasa varele, nafshe studge [...]
The Children’s Music Network (CMN) is a group of teachers, musicians, parents and overall music lovers. Their goal is to share songs and ideas about children’s music. I recently spent time chatting with Alina Celeste, from CMN, about Mama Lisa’s World. We discussed the origins of [...]
Nowruz is the Persian New Year, which takes place at the beginning of Spring. Haji Firuz is a fictional character in Persian folklore who plays the tambourine and sings and dances in the streets at the beginning of Nowruz. His face is covered in soot and he wears bright red clothes and a hat. He [...]
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