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Saturday, December 13, 2008 Options

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Kids in Mozambique play timbila (the instrument) (L); Timbila (the band) and dancers going at it (R).

The band on the band:
"Timbila - Afrodelic Xylophone Funk from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the East Village! The players have studied spiritually-charged mbira (Shona thumb piano) music in Zimbabwe, and also the wild, beautiful, surreal buzzing xylophone music of Mozambique—timbila! But their own roots are mostly rock ‘n roll. The grooves are deep, the sounds magical, and the vocals—in English, Shona, and Chopi—sweetly harmonized. Timbila’s stage show includes choreographed moves by two of the hottest African dancers in New York—all in tune with the band’s mission to make roots culture relevant to a new generation of Americans."

Timbila gig info, videos, etc:

Some background on the timbila and other marimba / xylophone relatives is here and general b/g on Mozambique (written by Timbila's Banning Eyre) here c/o the Afropop Worldwide site.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Cem Karaca: Track 10 Options / Best Of

Yossi Piamenta: Yalla Mashiach Options / Live at Makor 2004

Cordero: Abre La Ventana Options / De Donde Eres / Bloodshot

Aterciopelados: Gratis Options / Rio / Nacional / *

Grupo Fantasma: Se Te Mira Options / Sonidos Gold / Aire Sol

Willie Colon: Esta Navidad Options / Asalto Navideno / Fania
Canta: Hector Lavoe

Franco: Minuit Eleki Lezi Options / Francophonic / Sterns / *
New anthology

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys: 2nd Avenue Square Dance Options / 2nd Avenue Square Dance / Traditional Crossroads / *

Anistar: Esh Options

Utla: Norske Hallinger Options / NORCD

Agostones: Ej Nap Koszonto Options / Ordogbomba / Etnofon

Sevara: Kunlarim Sensiz Options / Various Artists: Beyond the Horizon / Warner Classics & Jazz

Burkina Electric: Mdole Options / Various Artists: Beyond the Horizon / Warner Classics & Jazz / *

Natacha Atlas: La Teetab Alayi Options / Ana Hina / World Village

Kasba: Zina Options / ZigZag / SalhiSound

Asefa: Habibi Options
Live at the Blue Note

Dozan: Lamma Bada Yatathanna Options / Introducing Dozan / World Music Network / *

Niyaz: Feraghi - Song of Exile Options / Nine Heavens / Six Degrees

Kamkars: Dekay Ambar, Dakay Auber Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Iran / World Music Network

Timbila: Shumba Yangwasha Options
Live on WFMU

Timbila: Shanse Options
Live on WFMU

Timbila: Nhema Nysasa Yepasi Options
Live on WFMU

Timbila: Nile Vile Options
Live on WFMU

Timbila: The Trader Options
Live on WFMU

Timbila: I'm Gone Options
Live on WFMU

Timbila: Remembering the Future Options
Live on WFMU

Begin: Okinawan Shout Options / Various Artists: Ryukyu-Teki Aika 3 / Sony

Herman Dune: Next Year in Zion Options / Next Year in Zion / Everloving / *

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Ganesha Options / Kinsmen / Pi / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 12/13/08 8:30pm Peter:

Hello there, Great music today, love Timbila.
  Sat. 12/13/08 8:35pm Your DJ:

I thank you Peter and Timbila thanks you!
  Sat. 12/13/08 8:42pm tim:

listening in philly
  Sat. 12/13/08 8:46pm liz:

timbila was great!
  Sat. 12/13/08 8:47pm alan t.:

Listening in scotland,smashing session there.I see Songlines magazine has started listing the show in their internet section.
  Sat. 12/13/08 8:51pm I.H.:

I don't know why, but that song by Herman Dune really bugs me. It's like an unholy mixture of "Margaritaville" and Herman's Hermits and that nitwit Matisyahu. Or something. But the rest of the show has been cool.
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