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Saturday, May 31, 2008 Options
Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni + CTMD

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Guests: Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni + spotlight on NYC’s wonderful community arts outreach and presenting organization the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD).  

CTMD celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a benefit dance party at the high-styling Hiro Ballroom, 371 W. 16th St. in Manhattan on Thursday, June 5th.  Featured artists for that event are David Oquendo and Havana 3 + Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra + DJ Rekha. For our WFMU / TSP preview, we’ll be joined Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni who will perform four songs as a duo, plus CTMD directors Ethel Raim and Pete Rushefsky. 

Merita Halili, from Tirana by way of New Jersey, is a very popular singer among her fellow Albanians at home and abroad. Merita performs with the Raif Hyseni Orchestra, led by her talented accordion-playing husband who is originally from Kosovo (they met in the US after both won a visa lottery).

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is a non-profit organization dedicated to building cross-cultural awareness by nurturing and preserving the performing arts traditions of New York City’s immigrant and ethnic communities.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Kinky: Minotauro Options / Atlas / Nettwerk

Julieta Venegas: Andar Conmigo Options / Si / BMG

Os Mutantes: Panis et Circenses Options / Various Artists: Tropicalia / Polygram

Niyaz: Hejran Options / Nine Heavens / Six Degrees / *

Rachid Taha: Hey Anta Options / Rock El Casbah - The Best of Rachid Taha / Wrasse / *

Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara: Nayo Options / Soul Science / World Village / *

Lobi Traore: Deni Kelen Be Koko Options / Lobi Traore Group / Honest Jon's
Lonely Girl by the Riverside

Merita Halili: Doli Goca N'Penxhere Options / Various Artists: Global Beat of the Boroughs / Smithsonian Folkways

Raices Habaneras: Raices Habaneras Options / Raices Habaneras / Universal Latino
Featuring and produced by David Oquendo

Merita Halili: Trandafilin Kur Ta Dhash Options / Merita Halili

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni: Song About the Lady in Velvet (Live at WFMU) Options
Central Albanian song.

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni: Girl in the Window (Live at WFMU) Options
Central Albanian song.

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni: Bride's Song (Live at WFMU) Options
Albanian song from Kosovo.

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni: Flirtatious Song (Live at WFMU) Options
Southern Albanian song.

Merita Halili: 16 Jam Une 18 Je Ti & Cuni I Vogel Options / Merita Halili

Fanfare Tirana: Kaprolije Options / Albanian Wedding / Piranha

Goran Bregovic: Bijav Options / Karmen With a Happy End

Cankisou: Tajo Options / Gamagaj

Tactus: Guarda Dispettu Chi Mi Fa La Luna Options / Various Artists: Tribu Italiche 9 - Calabria / EDT

Michael Doucet: Madame Boudreaux Options / From Now On / Smithsonian Folkways / *

Robert Harbron and Emma Reid: Yeavering Hornpipe No. 2 + Cheshire Rounds Options / New Dogs, Old Tricks / Rob Records

La Troba Kung-Fu: Bufa El Vent Options / Clavell Morenet / K. Industria Cultural

Hot Club of Detroit: Pour Parier Options / Night Town / Mack Avenue Records / *
Music Bed

Bajofondo: Pa' Bailar-Seimpre Quiero Mas Options / Mardulce / *
With Julieta Venegas

Dobet Gnahore: Youne Options / Ano Neko / Contre-Jour

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