Welcome to Michael Bakan’s World Music Website!

This is the website of Dr. Michael Bakan. Here you will find links and resources for his acclaimed textbook, World Music: Traditions and Transformations. Scroll down to stay in touch with the latest blog posts, news, and information.

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Rave review of “Ashrei”!

Check out “Ashrei”, an outstanding new album from Omnimusica (Florida State University’s Multicultural Ensemble, directed by Michael Bakan) – a wonderfully creative “third stream” eclectic blend of Middle Eastern, Latin/Caribbean, Klezmer, jazz, reggae, flamenco, and so many other delicious musical flavors.

Great compositions, inventive arrangements, amazing performances, exceptional production. Available on CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/omnimusica

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Dr. Michael Frishkopf
Professor of Music
Director, Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE)
Research Fellow, folkwaysAlive!
Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor, Division of Community Engagement, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Mail: Michael Frishkopf, Department of Music, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, 3-82 Fine Arts Building, Edmonton, AB CANADA T6G 2C9
Web: http://bit.ly/mfwiki

Lyrics and Translations for “Ashrei” CD

If you have acquired a copy of Omnimusica’s CD, “Ashrei,” and want access to the Hebrew prayer texts (in transliteration) and English translations, here they are:


Ashrei yoshvei vei’secha, ode yehalelucha Selah.
Ashrei ha’am shekacha lo, ashrei ha’am she’Ado-nai Elo-hav.
(Tehila le’David)

Happy are those who dwell in Your house; may they always praise You, Selah! Happy are the people for whom this is so; happy are those whose God is Adonai.
(A psalm of praise by David.)


Mi chamocha, ba’elim, Adonai?
Mi kamocha, nedar bakodesh, nora tehilot, osei feleh?

Who is like you, Adonai, among other gods?
Who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in praises, doing miracles?


Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha
tasim l’olam,
ki atah hu Melech Adon
l’chol hashalom.
V’tov b’einecha l’vareich
et amcha Yisrael
b’chol eit uv’chol shaah bish’lomecha.

Grant abundant peace to Israel Your people forever,
for You are the Sovereign God of all peace.
May it be pleasing to You to bless Your people Israel
in every season and moment with Your peace.


Oseh shalom bimromav
hu ya’aseh shalom aleynu
v’al kol yisrael
vimru amen

He who makes peace in His high places
He shall make peace upon us
and upon all of Israel
and let us say, Amen.


Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehechehyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu laz’man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai, Sovereign of all
For giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season.

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.
(Barukh Shem kevod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.)

Hear, O Israel: Adonai our God, Adonai is One.
(Blessed is God’s glorious majesty forever and ever.)