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Dan Rosenberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1985-88, he attended the University of Michigan, and graduated with a B.S., in Molecular Biology and Political Science.
Work As A Journalist
In 1995, Rosenberg launched the radio program, "Cafe International" on WCBN-FM (Ann Arbor, MI) and WDTR-FM (Detroit, MI). The show, which was a "world music-interview" program, featured all star guests, including Babatunde Olatunji, Khaled, Ali Farka Toure, Baaba Maal, Ravi Shankar, The Klezmatics, Leonard Nimoy, Caetano Veloso, Susana Baca, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thomas Mapfumo, Capercaillie, Andy Palacio, Olodum, Carlinhos Brown, and scores of others.
In the 1990s, Rosenberg began traveling extensively (to more than 40 countries during the decade), covering music from virtually every corner of the globe. His reports have been featured in The Rough Guides, The Times (UK), fRoots magazine, Islands magazine, as well as NPR's Artbeat, PRI's Afropop Worldwide, and CBC radio's Global Village.
After hosting "Cafe International" for five years, he became frustrated that so much of the music featured on the program was almost impossible to find at local record shops. So Rosenberg approached several record companies to release the folk music he covered as a journalist. To date, Rosenberg has produced and written liner notes for more than 50 CDs, including The Hidden Gate: Jewish Music From Around the World (2-CD Set, Rounder Records), Musica Negra in the Americas: A 2CD anthology of African music in the Americas (Network Medien, Germany). This collection has been voted as one of the best compilation of African music. His other compilations include OXFAM's Think Global Christmas and more than 40 compilations for The Rough Guide to World Music series. His most critically acclaimed collections include Rough Guide to the Music of Russia and Rough Guide to the Music of Central America. Rosenberg currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.