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Saturday, December 5, 2009 Options
Puerto Plata

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Puerto Plata.

Jose Cobles, nicknamed Puerto Plata after the town where he was born in the Dominican Republic in 1923, has been singing and playing almost since the day he was born. But various obstacles - first from the repressive Trujillo regime and later, societal trends in general - limited his musical opportunities.

So he had never recorded an LP until 2007, when IASO, a label dedicated to the acoustic roots of Dominican music, released his acclaimed debut "Mujer de Caberet". Puerto Plata stops by to talk about his life in music and his brand new second release on IASO, Casita del Campo.

Also joining us is David (Court) Wayne, who has played with Puerto Plata and written some of the many informative articles on Dominican musical traditions and artists on the IASO site and liner notes for the cds.

Puerto Plata has a few concerts scheduled in Texas and New Mexico in April 2010, and a tour of the Netherlands in late May. Tour dates here:

Historical peg for today's show (thanks DJ Daniel Blumin for pointing this out): December 5 (the date this show aired) in 1492 was the date Christopher Columbus landed at Hispaniola - the island that comprises the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Silüetler: Kaşık Havası Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon / DMC

Replikas: Bozuk Düzen Options / Zerre / Peyote Muzik

Namgar: Tunka Options / Nomad / LV Production
A wedding song

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Clean Hands and Dirty Hands Options / The Proposition Original Soundtrack / Mute

Lovasz Iren: Wide is the Danube Options / Vilagfa / Fono
With Hortobagyi Laszlo

Vlada Tomova: Momche Options / Balkan Tales / Kuker Music / *

Brenna MacCrimmon & Kulak Misafiri: Yildiz Dagi Iste de Geldim Yanina Options / Events in Small Chambers / Green Goat

Ilyas Malayev Ensemble: Saqinama-I Iraq-I Bukhara Options / At the Bazaar of Love / Shanachie

Gaida: Ammar Options / Levantine Indulgence / Palmyra / *

Salaam: Retik Options / Salaam / *

Puerto Plata: De Que Te Vale Options / Casita de Campo / IASO / *

Puerto Plata: Baracoa Options / Mujer de Cabaret / IASO

Puerto Plata: Brisa de la Tarde Options / Casita de Campo / IASO / *

Puerto Plata: Los Piratas Options / Mujer de Cabaret / IASO

Puerto Plata: La Comelona Options / Mujer de Cabaret / IASO

Puerto Plata: Trujillo stories (spoken) Options
Translation by Cort Wayne

Puerto Plata: Los Perros Options / Casita de Campo / IASO / *

Willie Colon: La Murga Options / Asalto Navideno / Fania
Canta: Hector Lavoe. Featuring Yomo Toro, cuatro (which has ten strings, contrary to whatever I may have said on the air!)

Papi Brandao Y Su Conjunto Aires Tablenos: Bilongo Options / Various Artists: Panama 3 / Soundway / *

Los Caneyes: Suspirando por el Chkjichaka Options / Various Artists: Si, Para Usted Volume 2 / Waxing Deep / *

Dar International Orchestre: Mwana Acha Ujinga Options / Various Artists: Zanzibara 5 / Buda Musique / *

Franco: Cooperation Options / Francophonic 2 / Sterns / *

Debo Band: Gedamay Options / Demo / *
Music bed for concert listings.

Debo Band: Embwa Belew Options / Demo / *
Next week's guests (along w/ Pharaoh's Daughter); playing w/ Ansambl Mastika @ Drom 85 Ave A NYC on Friday (Dec. 11). Cover of an Ethiopian classic originally performed by Muluqen Mellesse and also Mahmoud Ahmed.

Listener comments!

  Sat. 12/5/09 6:10pm seang:

Fuck Yeah!
  Sat. 12/5/09 6:13pm Jed:

Hi Rob, cool stuff
  Sat. 12/5/09 6:22pm Jim:

great song from a great movie
  Sat. 12/5/09 8:47pm Tom P:

Wonderful show tonight, Rob! BTW, my wife watches QVC on mute while I listen to your show. A plaid Junior's cheesecake for $40 for her (don't think she's getting it, thank God) - groovin' to Franco and Sam Mangwana for me!
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