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Saturday, June 29, 2013 Options
Parno Graszt, Hungary's Romani Roots Powerhouse

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Tonight: Hungary's Parno Graszt live on WFMU!

Rocking Romani (Gypsy) band Parno Graszt helps shore up the roots in its tradition-loving hometown, the Romani village of Paszab in northeast Hungary. The nine-piece powerhouse is making its mark elsewhere in Europe too: It has showcased at the prestigious WOMEX World Music Expo; it's been featured on a BBC documentary, and its cds have made the European World Music charts.

Parno Graszt came to the US earlier this week as one of the featured artists at the esteemed Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. (Hungary is a main focus of the Folklife Festival this year.) Parno Graszt follows Folklife with a short tour that brings the potent old-country old-school outfit to WFMU tonight and on to Drom, 85 Ave. A in the East Village on Sunday June 30th (with Eszter Bíró and her quintet opening).

Big thanks to our Illustrious Engineer Mark Koch and assistants James and Kieran!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Hanggai: Dorov Morlaril Options / He Who Travels Far / Riverboat (0:00:00 )
Playing Lincoln Center Festival @ Alice Tully Hall, Tuesday July 16th

Tartit: Houmeissa Options / Abacabok / Crammed Discs (0:08:34 )
Gigs: July 31 (Wed) Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Bandshell: Festival au Désert — Caravan for Peace Tour: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa (NY debut) Imharhan (NY debut) Tartit Mamadou Kelly (NY debut) 6:30 pm, free and also at Littlefield, 622 DeGraw, Brookyn on Sat Aug 3 (except for the Gnawa band), plus other tour dates. (Note - I gave the wrong date for the Littlefield gig on-air, my apologies.)

Imharhan: Hanin Ekrachar Options / Various Artists: Festival au Desert 2012 / Clermont / * (0:13:23 )
Gigs - same as Tartit

The Sway Machinery & Khaira Arby: Youba Options / The House of Friendly Ghosts, / JDub (0:18:01 )
Gig: Thurs July 11 @ Paper Box, 17 Meadow St, Brooklyn: The Dream Past Festival featuring The Sway Machinery, Banning Eyre and Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Hearing Things, Francois Nnang. 7 pm.

Garifuna Collective: Ubou Options / Ayo / Cumbancha (0:28:16 )
Playing Tuesday night July 2 @ Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16 St

Kobo Town: Road to Fyzabad Options / Jumbie in the Jukebox / Cumbancha / * (0:31:28 )
Gig - Wed July 10 @ SOBs, 204 Varick St (plus other tour dates)

Mexican Institute of Sound: Para No Vivir Desesperado Options / Piñata / Nacional (0:33:13 )
Gig: LAMC show July 12 (Fri) Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th St. and Prospect Park West, Park Slope, Brooklyn: Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible / Mexican Institute of Sound / Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

Los Rakas: Camisetas Borda Options / Chancletas y Camisetas (0:42:38 )
Gig: July 10th: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield near E 69th St and 5th Ave: Latin Alternative Music Conference Showcase: Los Rakas / Cuarto Poder plus a surprise headliner TBA. and

Dom la Nena: Batuque Options / Ela / Six Degrees (0:45:42 )
Gig: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, Tuesday July 2, 7:30 pm

Touffar: Min al Awal (From the Beginning) Options / Various Artists: Khat Thaleth (Third Rail) (0:48:21 )
Egyptian protest hip-hop compilation cd

Yemen Blues: Om Min Al Yaman Options / Yemen Blues (0:52:08 )
Gig: Tues July 9th @ City Winery, 155 Varick St, 8 pm (plus many other tour dates)

Hegazy Metkal: Meen Gallo Options / Various Artists: Bellydance Superstars Volume 9 / Copeland Int'l (0:57:44 )

Ramesh: Asmaar Asmaar Options / Ramesh / Pharaway Sounds (1:01:14 )

Parno Graszt: Seven songs - live on WFMU Options (1:09:19 )
Gig: Drom, 85 Ave. A with Hungarian interpreter of Jewish traditions, singer Eszter Biro on Sunday Night (June 30); also playing a free show at Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington DC on Tuesday July 2.

Maracatu NY: Samba Le Le Options / Baque do Brooklyn / Nation Beat (1:41:07 )
Gig: July 26, Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St - cd release party

Red Baraat: Dama Dam Mast Qalandar Options / Shruggy Ji (1:43:10 )
Gig: Sun July 14th: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield (near 5th Avenue and 69th St): Fanfare Ciocarlia + Red Baraat + DJ Joro-Boro. 3-7 pm.

Fanfare Ciocarlia: Ciocarlia Options / Romania: Wild Sounds From Transylvania, Wallachia & Moldavia / Network Medien (1:48:35 )
Gig: Sun July 14th: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield (near 5th Avenue and 69th St): Fanfare Ciocarlia + Red Baraat + DJ Joro-Boro. 3-7 pm.

Cosmas Magaya and Friends Recorded Live on WFMU: Bangiza Options / Unreleased (1:57:44 )
Gig: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, Sun July 7th: Cosmas Magaya, from Zimbabwe, performs with members of Mbira New York at 7:30 pm.

Flash and the Dynamics: Guajira Psicodelica Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia / World Music Network (2:01:59 )

Tipica 73: Watergate Options / Tipica 73 (2:04:50 )
Gig: Fri July 12th, Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing, Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St: Tipica 73 - celebrating 40 years.

Henri Guedon: Ese Huevo Quiere Sal Options / Afro Temple / Mélodie (2:10:17 )
The internet tells us that "ese huevo quiere sal" (which literally means "that egg wants salt") is an expression used when someone has some romantic interest in you...

Afro 70: Cha-Umheja Options / Various Artists: Kenya Special / Soundway / * (2:16:01 )
Rhythm / melody is similar to traditional style Gogo music from Tanzania (which we will hear next c/o Msafiri Zawose)

Msafiri Zawose and Sauti Band: Haluse Options / Unreleased (2:19:08 )
Msafiri played with this band at the Sauti Za Busara festival in Zanzibar earlier this year

Pierre Akendengué: Ene'ka Options / Destinee / Lusafrica / * (2:24:27 )
The great Akendengué is from Gabon in West Africa but this song also hints at that East African Gogo rhythm.

Ahal: Ahayye Yaro Options (2:29:42 )
Old Hausa song according to our sources, but this is a recent film soundtrack version

Mai Dawayya: Ololufemi Options / Various Artists: Harafinso: Bollywood Inspired Film Music From Hausa Nigeria / Sahel Sounds / * (2:33:17 )

Moni Bile: Osi Tapa Lombo Options / Various Artists: Afrique 50 ans de musique, 50 ans d'indépendances : 1960-2010 / RFI, Syllart Productions and Discograph (2:39:03 )

Cheick Hamala Diabaté: Fatou Kounkoun Sissoko (Sol Power All Stars Mix) Options / Prudence / Electric Cowbell (2:44:53 )

Golden City All Stars: Nyauka Options / Golden City All Stars 12" (2:52:23 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:13pm davex:

Good evening Rob, looking forward to the band...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:13pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Live acclaimed Romani (Gypsy) 'powerhouse' nonet - !
...Ohh - this's gonna be good!!...
Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 6:14pm Rob Weisberg:

Good evening everyone, thanks, should be interesting - !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:15pm davex:

And this is already some very good stuff...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:16pm Mike East:

done with work yet, Rabbit? What're ya drinkin? Its on me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:17pm Mike East:

Hanggai: I believe we are providing their backline for the LIncoln Center Fest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I am quite beguiled by these African guitar stylings
...yeah - usually home by 5:30ish - catch a little TerreT if lucky
...FMU stream @ home is part of my conversion to red wine - away from beerbeerbeer & seven screens of sport I care about not @ all @ local pub...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 6:23pm fleep:

As a non-drinker, I lift my Amanda Bynes Signature Model vase to you. Cheers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:24pm davex:

This is turning into a listener survey - Drinking tea myself for a change, cheers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:25pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

L'chaim fleep & davex, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 6:45pm Bryant:

Had to come out of the kitchen to log on and say this is a pretty bad-ass show Rob's putting together tonight. Love it.
Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 6:46pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Bryant!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 6:55pm fleep:

Yemen Blues gets a star. That rhythm!
Avatar    Sat. 6/29/13 6:58pm maestroso:

Ditto with the coming out of the kitchen. Great music to cook by!
  Sat. 6/29/13 7:06pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

If it wasn't for this damn foot surgery I would be dancing right now! Must rock out while seated.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 7:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

: )
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 7:22pm davex:

Great band - give them our compliments!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 7:23pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Dave!
  Sat. 6/29/13 7:36pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Yes, they sound great from here. Must be even better in person.
Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 7:36pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Karen!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/13 7:39pm fleep:

Thank you Parno Graszt!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 7:40pm davex:

Köszönöm szepen back to them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 8:49pm davex:

Excellent show, Rob, from beginning to end...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/13 8:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yes - Thx again Mr. Weisberg!
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