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Saturday, April 5, 2008 Options
Garifuna music: Silvia Blanco and Aurelio Martinez

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Aurelio Martinez.

The Garifuna Collective, an all-star band assembled by groundbreaking Belizean singer Andy Palacio and Ivan Duran of Belize's Stonetree Records, and singers from the Garifuna women's recording project Umalali are touring the US through early May. Sadly the tour, which was to include Palacio, now instead will commemorate Andy's life: he passed away suddenly on January 19th. The tour also is in support of the wonderful new Umalali cd on Cumbancha Records.

Two talented and charismatic young tour participants, singer / guitarist Aurelio Martinez and singer Silvia Blanco stop by to play a few songs and chat. Jacob Edgar of Cumbancha also joins us.

The Garifuna people are a cultural minority on the Caribbean coast of Central America, descendents of slaves who today live in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Garifuna culture and music blends West African, Arawak Indian and European influences.

Andy Palacio Tribute / Umalali / tour dates are here:

The Umalali cd, on Cumbancha Records:

Aurelio Martinez's debut cd on Stonetree Records, Garifuna Soul:

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Andy Palacio: Watina Options / Watina / Cumbancha

V. I. P.: Ahomka Wo Mu Options / Various Artists: Black Stars - Ghana's HipLife Generation / Out Here / *

Roadmaster & Agyemang: Awurade Aseda Options / The Old Highlife / Art Hurts

Colombafrica - The Mystic Orchestra: Mini Kusuto Options / Voodoo Love Inna Champeta Land / Riverboat / *

Baka Beyond and Baka Gbine: Helene Options / Baka Live / March Hare

Mariem Hassan: Magat Mikitna Dulaa Options / Various Artists: Think Global Women of Africa / World Music Network

Etran Finatawa: Iriarer Options / Introducing / World Music Network

Malika Zarra: Runnin In High Heels (The Story of The Cru) Options / On the Ebony Road

Tomuast: Amidinine Options / Ishumar / Real World / *

Ba Cissoko: Africa Options / Electric Griot Land / Totolo
Featuring Tikeh Jah Fakoly

Andy Palacio: Amunegu Options / Watina / Cumbancha

Aurelio Martinez: Nirau Hagabu Options / Garifuna Soul / Stonetree Records

Aurelio Martinez and Andy Palacio: Lamarine Lamiselu Options / Various Artists: Paranda / Stonetree Records

Aurelio Martinez: Lumalali Limaniga Options / Garifuna Soul / Stonetree Records

Umalali: Fuleisei Options / Umalali / Cumbancha / *
Vocals: Silvia Blanco

Umalali: Nibari Options / Umalali / Cumbancha / *
Vocals: Sophia Blanco

Silvia Blanco and Aurelio Martinez: Barubana Yagien Options
Live Performance of a song Silvia sings on the Umalali cd.

Aurelio Martinez and Silvia Blanco: Watina Options
Andy Palacio cover. Live Performance.

Silvia Blanco and Aurelio Martinez: Yunduya Weyu Options
Sophia Blanco sings this song on the Umalali cd. Live Performance.

Aurelio Martinez and Silvia Blanco: Yalifa Options
Live Performance of a song Aurelio sings on his Garifuna Soul cd.

Umalali: Merua Options / Umalali / Cumbanhca / *
Vocals: Chella Torres and Desere Diego

Phaleg: Passeggera Options / Psyche / Teatro del Sole
From Calabria

Quartaumentata: Vai Options / Various Artists: Tribu Italiche 9 - Calabria / EDT

Strepitz: Man Man Muarte Options / Suns Natural / Nota

Fanfare Tirana: Kaprolije Options / Albanian Wedding / Piranha

Goran Bregovic: Pampur Galbeno Options / Karmen With a Happy End / Mercury / *
With the Wedding and Funeral Orchestra

Tomas Einarsson: Djamm Options / Romm Tomm Tomm / Blanott Ehf. / IC Records

Sonora Poncena: Oh Mayi Options / Desde Puerto Rico a Nueva York / Fania / *
New reissue. 1972 (before their Prog phase).

Mamadou Diabate: Sandra Options / Heritage / World Village

Listener comments!

  Sat. 4/5/08 6:10pm Will:

I am wondering how Aurelio and Silvia are going to be able to travel up to Somerville MA in time for tonight's show at Johnny D's....!
  Sat. 4/5/08 6:11pm Your DJ:

Taped it on Thursday! You're a step ahead of the crowd Will...
  Sat. 4/5/08 7:59pm slugluv1313:

Sylvia's voice is INCREDIBLE!!!!!! crystalline; easily one of the most beautiful i have ever heard (SO bummed i missed this last night!)
  Sun. 4/6/08 5:02pm alan t.:

Hello there Rob,
Listening to the show again tonight.Enjoyed the interview and music from your guests,the Italian set was grand,especially Phaleg.Must look them and "Calabria" up.Loved the funky accordian playing !
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