Sustaining Cultures

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online

Beat of the Boroughs: NYC Online supports and celebrates immigrant performing arts during these difficult times while furthering the public’s understanding and appreciation of their work. Programs will continue airing on Fridays at 6pm starting October 18th. Go to CTMD’s YouTube channel or Facebook page to see past episodes. See the schedule below for future programs. 

Arun Venugopal of WNYC serves as the series host and introduces each episode. Whether a workshop, lecture-demonstration, brief documentary, or streamed live performance, a stellar cast of musicians and dancers presents their personal stories, remarkable traditions, and pandemic experiences.

The resulting collection of their combined voices remains available online to facilitate CTMD’s 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.

This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Scherman Foundation. 

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


Jalikunda: Home of the Griots 

Mother- Daughter, featuring members of the Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY

A celebration of Tibetan and Himalayan traditions, part 1 & 2 

Peniel Guerrier, Haitian drummer, choreographer, and dancer 

Colombian guitarist Sebastian Cruz and vocalist Lucia Pulido

Harold Rodriguez, Colombian- American accordionist. 

Gilbert Mansour, Lebanese percussionist. 

Medhini Lokuhewa, Kandyan dancer from Staten Island. 


Alhaji Papa Susso, one of the first jali/griot to break into the North American world music and promote Gambian music. 

Edwin Ferreras, Bachata dancer. 

Refreshing the Yiddish Song, celebrating Yiddish culture scholars Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Cantor Janet Leuchter and Hankus Netsky. 

Zafer Tawil, Palestinian musician.

ROSA Vocal Group, internationally acclaimed Serbian vocal group.  

Jomion and the Uklos, a family band from Benin, West Africa. 

Kewulay Kamara, director of Badenua Inc., poet, and storyteller from Sierra Leone. 

Silvio Solis, Paraguayan harpist. 

Wuza Wuza Ensemble with Ghanian dancer, researcher, and educator Yawuza Alhassan, director of the Wuza Wuza Ensemble and the Wuzaland Cultural Center.

Rosa Maria Lazon, Peruvian Flautist from Andean arts ensemble Inkarayku.  

Martha Zarate and Ramon Ponce from Mariachi Real de Mexico. 

Cheres, a phenomenal ensemble of traditional Ukrainian dance practitioners.

Los Pleneros de la 21, an intergenerational group of musicians and cultural leaders.

Seetha Wickramasuriya, Kavi poet from Sri Lanka. 

Inkarayku, Andean arts ensemble. 

Cheryl “The Gourd Lady” Thomas

Oyu Oro Afro- Cuban Ensemble, led and founded by internationally renowned, master dancer Danys “La Mora” Pérez. 

Renowned klezmer drummer Aaron Alexander interviewed by klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg. 

Andriy Milavsky, band leader, clarinetist, and wind instrumentalist extraordinaire. 

Afro-Colombian artist Moris Cañate, founder of CTMD Touring Artists ensemble Grupo Rebolu. 

An interview between Klezmer trombonist Dan Blacksberg and renowned New York klezmer musician Eleonore Weill.

Gambian jali/griot Ebrima Jassey, balafon, a West African xylophone, player. 

Colombian composer, pianist, educator, and founder of Folklore Urbano NYC Pablo de Mayor.

Fourth-generation mariachi musician Ramon Ponce from CTMD Touring Artists Mariachi Real de Mexico.

Yamini Kalluri, an Indian dance prodigy, master of classical Kuchipudi dance, and dance educator. 

Öneza Lafontant, cultural activist, musician, and founder of CTMD Touring Artist group Kongo 

Rafael Ramierez, Colombian drummer, percussionist, and educator with the CTMD Sharing Traditions program FolkCOLOMBIA Escuela de Danza y Música. 

Esraa Warda, North African dancer

Lamine Thiam, Senegalese dancer 

Jake Shulman-Ment,

Inkarayku, Andean band

Suvda Kherid, Mongolian singer

Ronald Polo, Colombian singer and musician

Malang Johbarteh and Salieu Suso, renowned jali or griots from the Gambia. 

Sachiyo Ito, classical Japanese dancer, choreographer, and CTMD Touring Artist. 

Frank London, Klezmer Trumpeter

Michael Yuri, phenomenal saxophonist from Bulgaria with Roma (Gypsy) roots

Mencius Society, featuring Xiao Xainnian and Julie Tay, director of the Mencius Society. 

Crimean Tatar Ensemble, the only band playing authentic, traditional Crimean Tatar music in the United States. 

Regine Romaine a Haitian-American artist, educator, visual anthropologist, and racial equity coach with Georges Vilson a musician, educator, musicologist, 

Julia Gutierrez  recipients  of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program from Los Pleneros de 21 






Sidiki Conde, National Heritage Fellow, Guinean drummer and dancer. 

Grupo Rebolu Family Jam



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