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Author Topic: Leo Sarkisian Obituary  (Read 240 times)

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Leo Sarkisian Obituary
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:30:57 AM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/leo-sarkisian-who-brought-african-music-to-listeners-around-the-world-dies-at-97/2018/06/30/612b9bae-7a47-11e8-80be-6d32e182a3bc_story.html?utm_term=.0d54ca84e403

I've lived overseas in places where Voice of America and other shortwave stations are valued sources of information and music, despite the low fidelity, so I got acquainted with Leo's program in the late 80s in China -- 20 years after it first aired.

International field recordings were Leo's specialty--to my knowledge he never did fieldwork in the States a la the Lomaxes.

Worth a read, especially for the wisdom in the last paragraph.

Also, here's a link to a story about the archive he left behind:

https://blogs.voanews.com/music-time-in-africa/about-leo-sarkisian-music-archive/

Lindy

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