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Saturday, March 21, 2009 Options
Mavrothi Kontanis

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Mavrothi Kontanis is a gifted young New Jersey-based Greek-American singer, composer and oud player. Kontanis recently released two debut cds simultaneously: Sto Kafesli Sokaki, a collection of old Greek and Turkish urban songs of the early 1900's, and Wooden Heart, an exploration of traditional and contemporary oud styles from the region featuring traditional compositions as well as some Kontanis originals.

Mavrothis appears regularly at ELO restaurant (2-14 31st Ave) and Philoxenia (32-07 34th Ave) in Astoria, Queens. And he'll be performing with his ensemble Maeandros at Barbes (376 9th St. in Park Slope) on Thursday March 26 Alwan For the Arts (16 Beaver St near Battery Park) on Saturday March 28. He also teaches oud and is working on a series of oud method books. Learn more at and

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Mavrothi Kontanis: Arapina Options / Sto Kafesli Sokaki

Mavrothi Kontanis: Mavili Options / Sto Kafesli Sokaki

K. Noyros: Mavilim Options

Rosa Eskenazi: Min Orkizesai Vre Pseftra Options

Elefteria Avarnitaki with Ara Dinkjian: Orxhstriko a.aytoshediasmos me outi b.tamzara g.paradosia Options

Dalgas: Bestenigar Options

Mavrothi Kontanis: Manes Huzzam Dertli Options / Sto Kafesli Sokaki

Rosa Eskenazi: De Mou Les Epses To Bradu Options

Lampos Leontaridis: Aysem Options

Mavrothi Kontanis: Live in the Studio Options

Mavrothi Kontanis: Dhen Pao Pia Sto Galata Options / Sto Kafesli Sokaki

Lo Cor de la Plana: La Noviota Options / Tant Deman / Buda Musique

Manze Dayile: Kwi Options / Manze Dayile and the Nago Nation / MMVIII / *

Abdoulaye Diabate: Lansine Options / Sara / Completelly Nuts / *

Bela Fleck: Ah Ndiya Options / Throw Down Your Heart / Rounder / *
Featuring Oumou Sangare

Bela Fleck: D'Gary Jam Options / Throw Down Your Heart / Rounder / *
D'Gary leading, with Oumou Sangare, Richard Bona, Baaba Maal, Vusi Mahlasela, Afel Bocoum, Anania Ngoglia, Toumani Diabate and others

Ali Baran: Qurban Im Options / Teberik

Roksonaki: Leti-Pa Options
A Kazakh Nowruz song recorded live on WFMU. Engineer: Gil Shuster.

Niyaz: Hejran Options / Nine Heavens / Six Degrees
Acoustic Version

Culture Musical Club: Ni Yeye Options / Shime! / World Village / *

Aynur: Nemire Lawik Options / Nupel / Kalan

Rahmat Khan: Festive Music from Chardi Options / Music of Afghanistan / Rounder
UNESCO Collection reissue

Selim Sesler: The Cripple's Air... Options / Anatolian Wedding / Doublemoon

Kazem el Saher: Waledee Al Teyeb Options / The Impossible Love / Mondo Melodia

Novalima: Coba Guarango Options / Coba Coba / Cumbancha / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 3/21/09 7:07pm Aliki:

...This is great! Thanks for playing these historical pieces of music... Mavrothi really understands that mixture which occurred in those days, those events which have been forgotten but have influenced deeply the music. (note for DJ Rob: watch your pronunciation-slow down and enunciate- the names are rushed/slurred and unclear.)
and THANK YOU for putting on this great show- you are appreciated!
να είστε καλά !
  Sat. 3/21/09 7:40pm Jim:

Πού έβρεξε
  Sat. 3/21/09 11:39pm ?:

Hello! nice show... where can I find some of those old Greek recordings?
  Sun. 3/22/09 5:05am Your DJ:

One option, though a bit pricey for Greek cds and mp3s in general: But keyword searches on Amazon also turn up some good things. I've crafted a couple of shortcuts to help. For Rembetika try: and for a broader list of old recordings from Greece and surrounding countries try:
  Sat. 3/28/09 1:56pm miketp:

very new to your show. more unknown sounds entering the inner mind.archive 3 21 09 show
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