Tuesday, September 9, 2008

COMMERCIAL- Mosaiqa Records, Promoting Central Asia's Innovative Musicians

Distrib. by: Central-Eurasia-L - Announcement List for Central Eurasian Studies

COMMERCIAL- Mosaiqa Records, Promoting Central Asia's Innovative Musicians

Posted by: Helen Faller <helen@mosaiqa.com>

Mosaiqa Records opens for business!

Mosaiqa Records, a new record label created to promote Central Asia's
most innovative artists, is now open for business!

For information or to purchase music by Mosaiqa's first signed artist,
Kazakhstan's Roksonaki, please visit www.mosaiqa.com.

Please keep your ears picked for two Roksonaki tours in 2009 –
Roksonaki Roots in March-April, which will visit northern California,
Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, among other locations, and
a circuit of Midwest world music festivals in September-October 2009.

Mosaiqa Records institutionalizes the use of cultural exchange to
increase understanding between people in the United States and the
culturally Muslim regions of the former Soviet Union. These regions
include, but are not limited to, the countries of Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Azerbaijan in
the Caucasus Region, and Muslim regions of the Russian Federation.

According to a Pew Research Center survey, substantially higher
numbers of Americans today than before 9/11 believe that Islam is more
likely than other religions to encourage violence among its followers.
They also believe that religion causes war and that Muslims harbor
anti-American feelings. Another Pew survey revealed that Americans who
know Muslims personally hold more positive views of Islam: 56% of them
have a favorable overall impression of Muslims, compared with just 32%
of those who are not acquainted with a Muslim. Mosaiqa Records hopes
to improve Americans' acquaintance with Muslims. At the same time, we
want to provide opportunities for Central Asian artists to promote
their music to wider audiences and to learn from the exposure to new
experiences and new collaborations.

Helen M. Faller, Ph.D.
mosaiqa records

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