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Saturday, February 5, 2011 Options
Real Vocal String Quartet

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San Francisco's all-female Real Vocal String Quartet applies its top-notch classical chops to a wide palette of not-so-classical styles, from African songs to Balkan music to bluegrass. The quartet gives us a live taste of the heady eclecticism displayed on its self-titled debut cd.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Teshome Meteku: Hasabe Options / Various Artists: Ethiopiques Volume 1 / Buda Musique (0:00:00 )

Either Orchestra: Yezemed Yebada Options / Ethiopiques - Live in Addis / Buda Musique (0:07:35 )
Teshome Meteku composition (Mulatu Astatqe Arrangement)

Jonas Gwangwa and the African Explosion: Switch No. 1 Options (0:16:41 )

Assagao: Bayeza Options / Zimbabwe (0:19:36 )
Assagai (Dudu Pukwana, L Moholo, M Feza, members of Jade Warrior and others) (South Africa via Europe)

The Big Four: Wenzani Umoya Options / Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto / Strut / * (0:22:55 )

Mahotella Queens: Inxeba Lendoda Options / Meet the Mahotella Queens (0:26:16 )

Sharkiat: A Night in Cairo Options / Camel Road (0:31:56 )

Youssou N'Dour: Shukran Bamba Options / Egypt / Nonesuch (0:37:29 )
Orchestrated by Fathy Salama of Sharkiat

Hakim: Anabalina Options / Como Suena (0:40:44 )

Tamer Hosny: Yana Ya Mafish Options / Ekhtart Sa7 (0:49:17 )

Aurelio Martinez: Lubara Wanwa Options / Laru Beya / Next Ambience / * (0:53:00 )

Real Vocal String Quartet: Kitchen Girls (Live on WFMU) Options (0:59:01 )

Real Vocal String Quartet: Chorale (Live on WFMU) Options (1:08:34 )

Real Vocal String Quartet: Kothbiro (Live on WFMU) Options (1:14:46 )
Ayub Ogada song

Real Vocal String Quartet: Machine (Live on WFMU) Options (1:24:11 )
Regina Spektor song

Real Vocal String Quartet: Fonte Abandonada - Passatempo (Live on WFMU) Options (1:33:02 )
Pixinguinha compositions

Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal : Wo Ye N'Gougobine Options / Chamber Music / Six Degrees / * (1:39:28 )

Dembo Konte, Kausu Kuyate and the Jali Roll Orchestra: Mariama Diallo Options / Jali Roll / Rogue (1:46:27 )

Rana Santacruz: No Puedo Mas Options / Chicavasco / Oasis (1:51:05 )

Grasscals: Last Train To Clarksville Options / The Famous Lefty Flynn's / Rounder / * (1:58:09 )

Fishtank Ensemble: Djordje's Rachenitza Options / Women in Sin / Fishtank (1:59:38 )

Luminescent Orchestrii: Militsa Options / Neptune's Daughter / NMR (2:02:52 )

Sway Machinery: Shalom Options / The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1 / JDub / * (2:14:49 )

Sway Machinery with Khaira Arby: Gawad Teriamou Options / The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1 / JDub / * (2:18:59 )

Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya: Mpondolo Options / Dark Sunrise / Now Again / * (2:24:46 )
New double-reissue

Toubab Krewe: Area Code Options / Tk2 / Nat Geo / * (2:40:56 )

Diego Obregon and Grupo Chonta: Mi Canoita Options (2:42:45 )
Johanna Castaneda, Vocals

Rebolu: Bullerengue Rico Options / Abriendo Caminos (2:45:45 )

Joe Arroyo y la Verdad: Son Apretao Options / Rebelion Tropical - The Very Best of Fruko & Joe Arroyo / Nascente / * (2:49:30 )

Listener comments!

  Sat. 2/5/11 6:17pm Richard from Venezuela:

Hi rob. Nice Mulatu Astatqe Arrangement. I discovered it by your show. Terrific Musician.
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:38pm julian:

Fathy! Nice choice. Suitable.
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:40pm Your Lemezlovas:

Thanks Richard!
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:43pm gamal:

dude, this is not egyptian.. only the chorus is even arabic : )
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:46pm Your DJ:

Oh I know, it's Youssou N'Dour singing in Wolof! But he was collaborating with Fathy Salama and his group from Cairo. I'm not really doing a purely Egyptian set this time around, more hybrid as you can hear on this Hakim track too which is actually in the Rumba Catalan style.
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:48pm gamal:

oh ok then. so peeps there worried about islamists.. how about this time america doesn't bribe any goverment and many even the islamists will calm down? ; )
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:52pm Your DJ:

I don't think people who are in the know are too worried about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - although most Americans are pretty ignorant about all of this stuff! (I didn't mean that to be a really serious statement - I was more using the example to criticize the press coverage.) But the US certainly does have a long history of supporting dictatorial governments for the wrong reasons - South America anyone?
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:53pm sigurdur:

Hey there gamal i iam wondering where your´s gamal arrives from?
  Sat. 2/5/11 6:58pm gamal:

yeah true, US imperialism is all over and won't stop for another 10-20 years when the empire finally crumbles from debt. Gamal is not my name, but i thought of sth egyptian, G abdul nasser. No special meaning in it.
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:06pm sigurdur:

Alright . I was just ponderig because the meaning of gamal in norse means tgelder (meaning something that´s old) man that´s old, of experince
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:07pm Richard from Venezuela:

Good start of Real Vocal's set.
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:12pm sigurdur:

sorry misspelled the older was my meaning
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:15pm sigurdur:

  Sat. 2/5/11 7:33pm frenchee:

these ladies are amazing!
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:34pm Your DJ:

Yes, great musicians, glad you like them!
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:48pm irene:

Thank you Rob! Love this chamber music too.
  Sat. 2/5/11 7:50pm Your DJ:

Thanks Irene!
  Sat. 2/5/11 8:01pm Jessie Ivry:

Thanks Rob! RVSQ never sounded better!
And love all the music before and after too. I am a new fan!
  Sat. 2/5/11 8:04pm Your DJ:

Thanks Jessie - the feeling is very mutual - !
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