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Saturday, May 11, 2013 Options
Ghalia Benali Interview + Previews, New Music, Mixed Bag

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Tunisian vocalist Ghalia Benali Ghalia Benali grew up in an artistic family in the south of Tunisia before moving to Brussels as an adult. Known for her inventive music, Ghalia Benali is one of the most remarkable, multi-faceted talents working in Tunisian music. Her expressive voice and melodic compositions reflect a variety of influences stretching from Arabic folk and jazz traditions to contemporary Indian classical music. She also dances - she played a dancer in a Tony Gatlif film, and also acted in a Tunisian film; and she has training in the sciences and graphic design and continues to create visual art.

Ghalia performs on Wednesday night, May 15th as part of the wonderful multi-disciplinary month-long World Nomads Tunisia at the French Institute Alliance Fran├žaise (FIAF)'s Florence Gould Hall .

The biennial World Nomads Festival, produced by FIAF, celebrates the phenomenon of 21st-century transculturalism through the arts and scholarly discussion, offering a platform for the exchange of ideas and artistic expression among traditional and contemporary cultures. This May, the fifth edition of the Festival arrives at a particularly suitable time to celebrate the many facets of Tunisia (where the "Arab Spring" actually first took hold in early 2011). World Nomads Tunisia concerts, DJs, dance, theatre, visual arts, discussions and more. Info at

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Efred Genahak: Cairokee Options / Matloob Zaeem (0:00:00 )

Nitin Sawhney: Mausam Options / Philtre (0:05:23 )

El-Malo: Peace Train Options / Fools EP (0:08:48 )

Ghalia Benali and Timnaa: Ya Rachiq Options / Wild Harissa / World Network (0:22:32 )

Ghalia Benali: Quala'nnass Options / Romeo & Leila / Music & Words (0:40:26 )

Ghalia Benali: Rubaiyat Options / Romeo & Leila / Music & Words (0:58:15 )

Ghalia Benali: Ya M'Safer Options / Romeo & Leila / Music & Words (1:10:51 )

Ghalia Benali: River Options / Romeo & Leila / Music & Words (1:30:06 )

Lucia Pulido: Animalito de Monte Options / Religous and Pagan Songs from Colombia (1:31:52 )
Lucia is performing at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Wed May 15 and at Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Fri May 17

Fishtank Ensemble: Gitanos Californeros Options / Samurai Over Serbia (1:35:19 )
Fishtank Ensemble is performing at Drom in the East Village on Fri May 17 and Kafana Serbian restaurant in the East Village on Wed May 22.

Pedrito Martinez: Yo Vivo Enamorado Options / Rumba de la Isla / * (1:40:58 )
The Cuban percussionist, based in NY, explores the music of Spain's late great Camaron de la Isla on this new cd. He's doing a series of events at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg - weekly for four Mondays starting May 20, called "Cubano Bowl". He and his group are also playing Celebrate Brooklyn's Brooklyn Bridge Park free concert on Thurs May 16 with DJ Nickodemus.

The Battle of Santiago: Victory in Madrid Options / Followed by Thousands (1:46:07 )
Wide-ranging Latin band based in Canada.

Jagwa Music: Maji Hayapandi Mlima Options / Bongo Hotheads / Crammed Discs / * (1:49:50 )
Superfast Mchiriku from Dar es Salaam,. Tanzania

Tshetsha Boys: Nwa Pfundla Options / Various Artists: Shangaan Electro / Honest Jons (1:54:32 )
Superfast Shangaan Jive from South Africa

Jean Noel: Neny Baba Options / Tulear Never Sleeps / Sterns (1:59:39 )
Superfast Tsapiky from Southwest Madagascar

Gatanga Boys Band: Wendo Ti Mbia Options / Various Artists: Kenya Special / Soundway / * (2:15:08 )

Orchestra Super Mazembe: Mwana Mazembe Options / Mazembe @ 45 RPM Vol. 1 / Sterns / * (2:15:51 )

C.K. Mann & His Carousel 7: Nyama Mna Wo Nkoso Nyimpa Rebre Options / Funky Highlife / Mr. Bongo / * (2:22:36 )

Sani Danja: Baban Riga Options / Various Artists: Harafinso: Bollywood Inspired Film Music From Hausa Nigeria / Sahel Sounds / * (2:32:03 )

Fati Niger: Girma Girma Options / Various Artists: Harafinso: Bollywood Inspired Film Music From Hausa Nigeria / Sahel Sounds / * (2:36:48 )

Mamta Sharma & Javed Ali: Tinku Jiya Options / Various Artists: Yamla Pagla Deewana (Bollywood OST) / 2011 (2:42:32 )
English title of this comedy is Nutty, Loony, Crazy

Uri Gurvich: Dervish Dance Options / BabEl / Tzadik / * (2:49:29 )
In residency at John Zorn's club The Stone, East Village, May 14-19

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 5/11/13 6:17pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Good Saturday Evening - !
...Rob, we think The World of you & the Program...
  Sat. 5/11/13 6:59pm Cliff:

This is a pretty philosophical interview, I'm enjoying it a lot.
Avatar Sat. 5/11/13 7:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ms. Benali is very interesting & charming! I share her interests in Mysticism & even 'Occult' Metaphysics.
- & all this is reflected in the Spirit of the Music: it is a Fusion of a natural kind - not a heavy-handed attempt to blend different sources, but one that flows...
  Sat. 5/11/13 7:04pm common:

this is so calming and great!
Avatar Sat. 5/11/13 8:16pm katie:

great interview. excellent violins again this week.
Avatar Sat. 5/11/13 8:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thx Again, Rob!
  Sun. 5/12/13 3:28am dirk " zaffer " rombouts:

Nice show, Rob. Tanx
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