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Saturday, February 19, 2011 Options
Cristina Pato

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Acclaimed gaita - bagpipe - player Cristina Pato, from Galicia in northwest Spain, started her career by making history: While still just a teenager, she was the first female Galician piper (gaitera) ever to release a solo cd. Pato now has three of her own cds out and has collaborated on many others, including an ongoing recording (and touring) gig with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. The ground-breaking gaitera gives us a taste of her solo playing, and she'll also introduce us to her stylistically eclectic new cd, The Galician Connection.

Cristina's next area performances feature new work with the Maya Trio: A free daytime (12:30 pm) concert Thursday April 21 as part of the HRPAC series at the UBS Atrium at Lincoln Harbor, 1000 Harbor Blvd, Weehawken NJ (series info:; and Thursday April 28th at 8 pm at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South in Manhattan (info here).

And she'll be touring in North America this spring as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble. There are concerts in Texas, California and Vancouver BC in March and April, plus a date at NJPAC in Newark NJ on June 4. Tour info here.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Gnonnas Pedro: Yiri Yiri Bon Options / Various Artists: Sofrito / Strut / * (0:00:00 )

Estrellas Cubanas: Moneda Falsa Options / Various Artists: Cubalive / Rounder (0:06:20 )

Wganda Kenya: Tifid Hayed Options / Fruko & Joe Arroyo - Rebelion Tropical / Nascente / * (0:13:58 )

La Troba Kung-Fu: Cumbia Inferno Remix Options / Various Artists: Beginner's Guide to Cumbia / Nascente / * (0:19:51 )

Banda Los Hijos de la Nina Luz: Quiero Amanacer Options / Various Artists: Sofrito / Strut / * (0:22:29 )

Alex Ojeda y Su Banda Sinaloense: La Mas Bella Options / Para Siempre Amarnos / Alex Ojeda (0:26:50 )

Joan Soriano: Mujeres Ajenas Options / El Duque de la Bachata / IASO (0:33:39 )

Conjunto Nuevo Amanecer de Congalla: Trago Amargo Options / Conjunto Nuevo Amanecer de Congalla / Yauro (0:38:38 )

Jarek Adamow and Traditional Polish Vocal Ansamble: Babcia Options / Sami Swoi / Folken Music / * (0:41:22 )

Warsaw Village Band: Wise Kid Song Options / Warsaw Village Band Live / Jaro Medien / * (0:45:21 )

Psarantonis and Ensemble: Mia Perdika Options / Son Of Psiloritis / Network (0:50:03 )

Cristina Pato: Muineras Options / Tolemia / Fonofolk (1:04:11 )

Cristina Pato: Tolemia Options / Tolemia / Fonofolk (1:16:08 )

Cristina Pato: Mundos Celtas Options / The Galician Connection / Zourna (1:23:06 )

Cristina Pato: Nos Altos de Washington Options / The Galician Connection / Zourna (1:29:36 )

Cristina Pato: Lamento (Live in WFMU Studio B) Options / Unreleased / Not Applicable (1:37:32 )

Cristina Pato: A Pombo Durada Options / The Galician Connection / Zourna (1:46:26 )
Vocals: Laura Amado

Cristina Pato: A Menina Gaitera Options / The Galician Connection / Zourna (1:54:02 )
Vocals: Rosa Cedron

Cristina Pato: Alala and dance (Live in WFMU Studio B) Options / Unreleased / Not Applicable (1:59:53 )

Cristina Pato: Caronte Options / The Galician Connection / Zourna (2:03:33 )

Ali Jihad Racy: The Boat of Millions of Years Options / Ancient Egypt / Lyrichord (2:09:36 )
Noted Lebanese-born ethnomusicologist and performer, professor at UCLA.

Hwang Byung-Ki: Darba Options / Various Artists: Into the Light 2 / MCST (2:14:09 )
Hwang Byungki (b. Seoul, 1936) is the foremost South Korean player of the gayageum, a 12-string zither with silk strings. He's considered a "national treasure" in South Korea.

Ingrid Karklins: Know Options / Red Hand / Ingrid Karklins (2:16:26 )

Cornershop: The 911 Curry Options / Cornershop & The Double 'O' Groove Of / Ample Play / * (2:20:57 )

Stanley Huang: 緣投與阿醜2004 Options / Shades of My Mind / Virgin (2:26:20 )
With Jeff Huang - version of a song they did together in Jeff's group Machi.

Ibn Thabit: Al Soaal (The Question) Options / Various Artists: Khalas Mixtape 1 - Mish B3eed / Khalas (2:29:12 )
Libyan rapper. “Khalas Mixtape Vol. 1 is a compilation of songs created by North African hip hop artists from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria who have emerged as voices of recent uprisings and calls for protest. Mish B3eed, or ‘Not far,’ refers to the sense of solidarity that these youth feel across borders, the similarities of their causes and the oppressors they face, their physical proximity and the sense that our ultimate goal is within sight. Each song describes the unique circumstances of each artist’s country, carrying with it the subtleties of local dialects, but also highlights the extraordinary similarities of their struggles.” Download it here.

Saul Malapane: Of Mice and Men Options / Of Mice and Men / Soweto (2:42:13 )
Music bed for concert listings

The Movers: How Long Options / Greatest Hits / CYL (2:42:23 )

Ernest Djédjé: Zadie Bobo Options / Various Artists: Ivory Coast Soul / Hot Casa (2:44:42 )

Batsumi: Emampondweni Options / Batsumi / RTL (2:48:43 )

Listener comments!

  Sat. 2/19/11 6:14pm Marmalade kitty:

Hi Rob! great tunes!
  Sat. 2/19/11 6:20pm julian:

great start to the day - you've brought the sunshine out - thanks!

any chance of another track off that sofrito comp?
  Sat. 2/19/11 6:25pm Your DJ:

Thanks guys! And okay, Julian...
  Sat. 2/19/11 6:32pm Mitten John:

A most festive start tonight, Rob. Nice!
  Sat. 2/19/11 6:37pm julian:

muchas domo arigatou!
  Sat. 2/19/11 6:38pm Your DJ:

Sure thing Julian, and greetings and thanks Mitten John!
  Sat. 2/19/11 6:59pm Clovis Sangrail:

I love those "extraordinary vocal stylings" on this track!
  Sat. 2/19/11 7:09pm Your DJ:

Glad you liked that Clovis...
  Sat. 2/19/11 7:14pm Richard from Venezuela:

Hi Rob. In my couch enjoying the travel around the world.
  Sat. 2/19/11 7:20pm Your DJ:

Good evening and thanks Richard!
  Sat. 2/19/11 8:47pm lulu:

this is reminiscent of Ofege!
  Sun. 2/20/11 9:35pm slugluv1313:

hey Rob! great show yesterday! LOVE The Movers -- any suggestions where i could score a copy of the album??? LP would be GREAT, but CD is fine too . . . that Ivory Coast Soul collection sounds fab too but appears more readily available . . . THANKS A BUNCH!!!
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