The Anthropologist Of Folk Music

Most people think about music as entertainment. For Hasan Saltik, it is a political commitment. "I believe in the unification of people," says Saltik, founder of the Turkish record company Kalan Music. The spirited producer has fought in the courts for the right to disseminate minority musical genres, especially those on the verge of extinction. In the past 13 years, he has released more than 300 albums — everything from Kurdish folk songs and Armenian chants to Turkish ballads and Judeo-Spanish tunes."Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Jewish and Assyrian communities coexist here," he says. "There is a rich musical heritage that was undocumented...

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