Rita's Persian album has Mediterranean and Balkan flavor
theworld.org / Josh Mitnick

Musically speaking, Rita was weaned on Persian lullabies sung by her mother.

“I remember her eyelashes, her huge eyes and warm voice. She used to sing for us, you know, to take the dombak, that it’s a drum, and Iranian drum, and sing for us,” Rita said.

Rita recalls her very first public performance. It was a song about a Persian goat shepherd she sang at a family wedding.



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