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Old Wave Music: Songs of Ottoman Migration to New York


The history of 8th Avenue speaks in music as its bygone ‘oriental' clubs once sustained the voices and instruments of Ottoman migrants like the Greek cymbalom player Markos Sifnios who lived with the singer Marika Papagika near her club on 34th St., one of the first for her compatriots and neighboring Armenians, Syrians and Jews to remember the Ottoman Empire as the lost homeland while breaking ground on the islands of the Empire State

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