Thursday, July 13, 2006

Masala Music

The music of Jackson Heights reflects a balance between the homeland and new land
By Sushil Cheema for New York Press

The lyrical, lilting, sing-song sound of female voices speaking Hindi slices through the rattles and honks of passing cars as soon as visitors exit the Roosevelt Avenue subway station at 73rd Street and Broadway in Jackson Heights...

...The music, whether it comes from the stores or from the passing cars, provides a soundtrack to the lives of Jackson Heights’ immigrant community. Evolving from wide-eyed newcomers into bona fide New Yorkers, carried by the beat of a dohl drum, the city becomes richer and more interesting because of one tiny area hidden in Queens.
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