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Metropolitan

Discography

Label / Number

Artist

Title

Metropolitan 3001A

Hazan, Victoria

Me Kemi Y Me Enflami

Metropolitan 3001B

Hazan, Victoria

No Riygas con mi

Metropolitan 3002A

Hazan, Victoria

Un anio Ay

Metropolitan 3002B

Hazan, Victoria

Mis Penserios Gazel

Metropolitan 3003A

Hazan, Victoria

Un dia Yo Bizi

Metropolitan 3003B

Hazan, Victoria

Todas mis esperansas

Metropolitan 3004A

Hazan, Victoria

Lagrimas Verterei

Metropolitan 3004B

Hazan, Victoria

Seda Amaria Son

Metropolitan 3005A

Hazan, Victoria

El Cante por la Victoria

Metropolitan 3005B

Hazan, Victoria

No Ay Luz, Sabah Gazel

History

In New York, dozens of Greek-owned nightclubs on 8th Avenue from 23rd to 42nd street served as a haven for Greek and Armenian immigrants as well as Sephardim originally from the region. On-stage, Albanian, Armenian, Greek, Sephardic and other vocalists and session musicians all contributed to the flavorful melange. Several record companies sprang up devoted to these musicians and their audiences. According to one account, Me-Re was established in the early 1940s by Aydin Asllan (a poly-lingual Albanian) and the violinist, Nick Doneff. They soon parted company, with Aydin founding Balkan and Doneff founding Kaliphon Records. Whatever the (cross-) ownership among the Balkan, Me-Re, Metropolitan and Kaliphon labels, artists moved fluidly from label to label: 'Oud player Marko Melkon recorded for all four labels, while Victoria Hazan recorded for Metropolitan and Kaliphon.

Source: Joel Ackerman and Harold Hagopian, private correspondence.

Catalogs and Advertisements

Source: La Vara, 15 Jan. 1943, p. ***

See also the advertisement here.

Pliegos (Songsheets)

Source: Maurice Ninio. For a higher resolution version, click here.

Source: Maurice Ninio. For a higher resolution version, click here.

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