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Saturday, January 13, 2007 Options
Extra Golden

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Live Session: Extra Golden. A WFMU first - smoking electric East African music in the flesh!

Extra Golden is a collaboration between musicians from the US and Kenya.  The original impetus was bandleader Ian Eagleson’s work with the late Extra Golden co-founder Otieno Jagwasi researching benga, the popular Western Kenyan guitar music.  The band has pressed on after Otieno’s passing, touring and recording in the US this past autumn (with visa assistance from Barack Obama!). 

The autumn ’06 touring lineup included Eagleson, Alex Minoff (like Eagleson, from the indie rock band
Golden); guitarist / vocalist Opiyo Bilongo (of benga band Bilongo Golden Stars) and drummer Onyango Wuod Omari. Bassist Noel Coopersmith was also on the tour but not at this taping.

Extra Golden’s debut cd
Ok-Oyot System is on Thrill Jockey records; learn the background and purchase via:

For information or to buy Opiyo Bilongo and Bilongo Golden Stars’ new cd What Do People Want, produced by Ian Eagleson on his Kanyo Records label visit

The best way to contact the band is via its myspace page

The band’s work-in-progress homepage is

The Afropop Worldwide site has a benga primer
here; see also Doug Patersons’s East African music site.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Chirgilchin: Chirgilchin Options / The Wolf and the Kid / Shanachie

Ljova: Ori's Fearful Symmetry Options / Vjola / Kapustnik

Nikolas Michailidis: I Mana Kai O Kiris An Ki Thelne Se / Tepeler Tepeler Options / Traditional Songs of Eastern Black Sea / Scimitar
With Leigh Cline

Virre: Loolugu Options / Teine / Eesti Raadio

Tamara Obrovac: Black Mill Options / Daleko is Far Away / Aquarius

Eletfa: Mahala Options / Gyokereink / Jumbie

Lajko Felix: Citeras Options / Srbija: Sounds Global / FreeB92

Burhan Ocal: Where Do You Come From pt 2 Options / Sultan Orhan / Doublemoon
With Pete Namlook / c/o

Extra Golden: Nyako Wasanda Options
Live at WFMU

Extra Golden: Yuak Debe Sauti Moja Options
Live at WFMU

Extra Golden: Ok-Oyot System Options
Live at WFMU

Extra Golden: Osama Rach Options
Live at WFMU

Extra Golden: Ilando Gima Onge Options
Live at WFMU

D. O. Misiani and Shirati Band: Okoth Atari Options / Benga Blast!! / Virgin Earthworks

Andy Palacio: Not For Sale Options / Til Da Mawnin' / Stonetree

Source: Manquez Pas Options / Tonight's African Jazz Band / Completelly Nuts (sic) / *

Celso Pina: Besela Ya Options / 20 Grandes Exitos / Warner Music
Featuring Bacilos

Blanquito Man: Cumbia Sobre el Rio Options / Various Artists: Babel / Concord / *
Soundtrack / With Control Machete & Celso Pina y Su Ronda Bogota

Dengue Fever: One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula Options / Escape From Dragon House / Birdman Group

Ros Serey Sothea: Don't Worry Just Be Happy and Happy Options / Cambodian Psych Out / Defective / *
New anthology

Jintara Poonlap: Rak Row Khow Min Options
Also anglicized as Chintara Phunlarb among other spellings...

Ching-Dong Tsushinisha: Medley Options / Osaka Style / Off Note

Dalia Faitelson: Zuzi Zuzi Options / Pilpel

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