Richard M. Breaux

Richard Breaux is an Associate Professor of Ethnic & Racial Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is A 78 RPM record collector and the creator of “Midwest Mahjar: The Recorded Sounds of the Syrian/Lebanese Diaspora at 78 RPM,” a blog that focuses on musicians of Arab descent in the United States before 1961.

Songs of nostalgia in New York City’s long-lost ‘Little Syria’

05 March 2021
The songs that New York City’s Syrian musicians performed from 1913 through the 1940s included recorded poems, folk songs from the homeland and original compositions telling of loss, love, fondness...

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