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Saturday, August 23, 2008 Options
Field Recordings from West Africa

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Field Recordings from Africa with the guys who recorded them, sonic explorers Wills Glasspiegel and Drew Alt.

Wills is working on a sound / music / field recording project for CARE, he's a project manager at 651 Arts and a producer for Afropop Worldwide, and he spent some time with Smithsonian Folkways and David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, among other things. Drew recently spent a year in West Africa working with the government of Ghana. He's also a pianist and trombonist. He led Sonido Unidad, an Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra in his college days at Yale.

Together they do a radio podcast - see

WANTED: Obama Songs in multi-culti styles for our pre-election show!

We are putting together as many world music and / or non-English Obama songs as possible for the last show before the election on Saturday, November 1 and for a special one hour program during WFMU's special election day webstream on election day, November 4.

If you have suggestions for songs to play or want to offer your own creation, original song or mash-up please email your host Rob Weisberg via this g-mail address: r.l.weisberg AT gmail DOT com.


This Week's Playlist:

The Ex and Getatchew Mekuria: Sethed Seketelat Options / Moa Anbessa / Terp

Musicians from Benin: Call to Song Options
Field recording

Ghana Cape Coast recording:
Field recording

GIrl from Benin:
Field recording

Prince Nico Mbarga and Rocafil Jazz: Music Line Options / Musicline / Rogers All Stars

King Bruce & the Black Beats: Agodzi Options / Golden Highlife Classics / RetroAfric

Kofi Nkarabea: Ampadu I Kofi Options

Pat Thomas: False Lover Options / In Retrospect / T-Vibe

African Brothers Band: Seantie Options

Bob Pinodo: Love is Love Options / Love Is Love / PAD

Maa Amanyua: Suku True Options

Schoolgirls in Ghana: Oh My Home Options
Field recording

Abayudaya: Hiwumbe Awumba Options / Abayudaya: Music From The Jewish People Of Uganda / Smithsonian Folkways

Kemuli String Band: My Father, My Heart Options / Various Artists: Bosavi - Rainforest Music of Papua New Guinea / Smithsonian Folkways

Choir from Sierra Leone: Chant de Louanges Options
Field recording

Field Recording: Compay Segundo Funeral Options

Pupy y Los Que Son Son: Rehearsal Excerpt Options

Sonido Unidad: La Unidad Options
Featuring our guest Drew Alt

Lucha Reyes: Regresa Options / Los Mejores Exitos de Lucha Reyes / Continental

Felipe Teodoro: Huanyo Options
Field recording

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto: Mi Regreso Options / Un Fuego De Sangre Pura / Smithsonian Folkways

Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble: The Messenger Options / The Messenger / Delmark

Imaginary Homeland: Anthem Options / Jump for George / Jumbie

Sounds of Taraab: Bashraf Salama Options / Zanzibar, New York

The Military Band Of The Old Turkish Army: Old Army March "Your Forefathers" Options / Turkish Military Band Music Of Ottoman Empire / King Records

Listener comments!

  Sat. 8/23/08 7:27pm listener carl:

Listened forever but never found out who does your intro song. Can you let me know? Great show.
  Sat. 8/23/08 7:32pm Your DJ:

That's my sidekick Katie Gentile - who also plays violin in the band Special Pillow (
  Sat. 8/23/08 7:34pm Hatch:

Bosavi! This is absolutely perfect.
  Sat. 8/23/08 8:40pm dirkzaffer:

Whe have ONE golden medal !
High Jumpin !!!
Thanks to Tia Hellebaut
Greetings !!!!
  Sat. 8/23/08 8:53pm JT:

I am a very, very long time fan of the double reed instruments aka zurna rhaita shawm shenai. Damn sorry to miss that.

It's the electric guitar of the bronze age.
  Sat. 8/23/08 9:01pm JT:

Ah this turkish song is familiar. I have it on an LP somewhere. It's a stone standard.

Many of these types of songs worked well as military songs. The double-reed is so piercing and carries so well in air that it was often a military band fixture - even the highland pipes fall into this category.
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