Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online

Celebrating and supporting immigrant artists during these difficult times.

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is proud to announce our program series Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund and the Scherman Foundation. This online series celebrates the artistry of fifty of  New York City’s leading immigrant performers and diverse cultural traditions from around the world found right here in New York City, while furthering the public’s understanding and appreciation of their work in these difficult times.  

Starting October 5, 2020,  CTMD will highlight three artists or ensembles a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm in an online format of their own creation. Whether a workshop, lecture-demonstration, or streamed live performance, a stellar cast of musicians and dancers presents their personal stories, remarkable traditions, and pandemic experiences. Arun Venugopal of WNYC will serve as the series host and introduce each episode.

Tune in each week at 5PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to CTMD’s YouTube channel, or Facebook page See the schedule below for program details. 

The resulting collection of their combined voices will remain available online and serve as a powerful document and platform for continuing advocacy for traditional arts in the city of immigrants. Now more than ever do we need to support folk and traditional artists who are often particularly vulnerable members of new immigrant and underserved communities.

If you would like to support the creation of Beat of Boroughs: NYC Online programs for other artists, please donate to the link below.


Schedule of Programs


October 05, The Grupo Rebolu Family Jam with Johanna Castaneda, Ronald Polo, and their children perform Afro-Colombian folk songs.

October 07, The Crimean Tatar Ensemble presents folk music and dance from the Crimean peninsula, Ukraine.

October 09, The Mencius Society with Xiao Xiannian and Julie Tay present the yangqin (hammered dulcimer) and Chinese percussion.

October 12, Sidiki Conde presents on West African drumming and his sacred ancestral masks

October 14, Julia Gutierrez-Rivera of Los Pleneros de la 21 presents Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba.

October 16, Yuri Yunakov presents traditional Bulgarian Roma/Gypsy music.

October 19, Frank London presents on klezmer with host Dan Blacksburg of the Radiant Others podcast. 

October 21, Malang Jobarteh and Salieu Suso present on West African jali/griot traditions.

October 23, Sachiyo Ito presents on Japanese classical dance.

October 26, George Vilson and Régine Romain present on Haitian traditional song.

October 28, Ronald Polo presents on Afro-Colombian song.

October 30, Suvda Khereid presents Mongolian short and long songs.

November, TBA

December, TBA


January, TBA





Upcoming Events

October 5, 2020

5:00 PM

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To premiere Beat of the Boroughs NYC, a family jam session with Grupo Rebolu!

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October 7, 2020

5:00 PM

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These extraordinary, multi-generational dancers and musicians share intricate folk songs, virtuosic instrumental pieces, and various group and solo dances from the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine.

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October 9, 2020

5:00 PM

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For the third episode of Beat of the Boroughs NYC: Online, we have Xiaon Xiannian and Julie Tay of the Mencius Society!

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October 12, 2020

5:00 PM

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Through his story and music, Conde reminds audiences that we are all part of one community.

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October 14, 2020

5:00 PM

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Julia Gutiérrez- Rivera and Friends present "A Taste of NuyoRican Bomba: From Traditional, to Spiritual to Resistance Music".

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