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Saturday, November 30, 2013 Options
Décimas: Music and Poetry of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with Raquel Z. Rivera and Bryan Vargas

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Raquel Z. Rivera and her group Ojos de Sofía are giving new life to a very old Hispanophone Caribbean poetic form, the décima. They're bringing contemporary lyrical and instrumental flair to the 500-year-old décima and the earthy musical styles it has long inspired, like Puerto Rican jibaro music and old-school Dominican bachata.

Ojos de Sofia will show off their old/new creations at a couple of free workshops in early December and a concert at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery Performance Space on E 10th St. Sunday afternoon December 8th.

Raquel and Bryan Vargas from Ojos de Sofia stop by today to introduce us to this ancient form and show us how they're turning it into something very new.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Orchestre National De Mauritanie: Oumletna ("La Mone") Options / Orchestre National De Mauritanie / Sahel Sounds (0:00:00 )

TAL National: Banganesiba Options / Kaani / Fatcat / * (0:06:32 )

Al Biilali Soudan: Abar Niba Options / Al Bilali Soudan / Clermont Music (0:20:31 )

Rokia Traoré: Ka Moun Ke Options / Beautiful Africa / Nonesuch/World Circuit (0:26:03 )

Raquel Z. Rivera with Bryan Vargas: Nuestra Senora de Lexington Options / Live on WFMU (0:45:45 )
Our Lady of Lexington

Raquel Z. Rivera with Bryan Vargas: Live on WFMU Options (0:49:50 )

Raquel Z. Rivera with Bryan Vargas: Anaiso Options / Live on WFMU (1:01:46 )

Raquel Z. Rivera with Bryan Vargas: Live on WFMU Options (1:09:32 )

Raquel Z. Rivera with Bryan Vargas: Una Gota Options / Live on WFMU (1:23:45 )

Raquel Z. Rivera with Bryan Vargas: Sin La Cabra Sin La Soga Options / Live on WFMU (1:28:58 )

Raquel Z. Rivera and Ojos de Sofia: La 7ma Salve Options / Las 7 Salves de la Magdalena (1:36:21 )

Titina: Galo Bedjo Options / Canta B. Leza / * (1:40:42 )

Nina Stern, Daphna Mor: Makedonsko Devojce Options / East of the River (1:43:15 )
Gig: Thurs Dec 5: New York Public Radio Greene Space, 44 Charlton St (@ Varick St): WQXR’s Chanukah Celebration with East of the River, Shashmaqam and The Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio (part of the Levitt family’s inter-generational klezmer project). 7 pm.

Moshe Elyahou: Mawal Daet Bashir el Farah Options / Volume 5 (1:45:09 )

Hedi Jouini: Lioum Galitli Zine Zin Options / Hedi Jouini (1:57:51 )

Omar Souleyman: Khattaba Options / Wenu Wenu / Ribbon Music / * (2:04:37 )
Promise of Marriage

Juana Molina: La Rata Options / Wed 21 / Crammed Discs / * (2:09:15 )

Balvina Ramos and Gaby Kerpel: Pedazo de Tierra Options / Tira Torito (2:14:28 )

Dva: Tihop Options / Hu / Indies (2:19:30 )

Suphala: Bazaar Options / Alien Ancestry / Tzadik / * (2:27:25 )

Saied Shanbehzadeh: Bandari Options / Iran : Musiques du Golfe Persique / Buda Musique (2:32:01 )
Gig: With The Encounter - Sat eve Dec 7 @ Asia Society 725 Park Ave; Sun eve Dec 8 @ Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St in lower Manhattan.

Shashmaqam: Medley of songs from wedding repertory (Jewish Bukharian music from Uzbekistan): yar-yar, abru kosh dumi mor, shastu-shastu chor, chashmi siyah dori, doire interlude, mahvashi nozuk, badanam, orzu Options (2:45:22 )
Gig: Thurs Dec 5: New York Public Radio Greene Space, 44 Charlton St (@ Varick St): WQXR’s Chanukah Celebration with East of the River, Shashmaqam and The Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio (part of the Levitt family’s inter-generational klezmer project). 7 pm.

Bembeya Jazz: Telephone Options / Various Artists: Discotheque 76 / Syllart (2:51:24 )




Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:18pm Fredericks:

This is beautiful.
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:20pm Fredericks:

Any Oliver Mtukudzi in the the place?
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:22pm Rob W:

Hi Fredericks, I do have Oliver Mtukudzi but might not get to him before our guest segment...
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:46pm JakeGould:

First time listener. Great stuff. Thank you!
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:49pm Rob W:

Thanks Jake, thanks for listening!
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Lovely !
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 6:57pm Kristina Koffee:

Good eve everyone, just tuned in at the interview. Glad I got to hear about decima, very beautiful.
  Sat. 11/30/13 7:03pm KP:

Could you please write here where she is playing because I keep missing the specifics. Thanks
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:05pm JakeGould:

Yes! Playlist of some sort please.
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:07pm Rob W:

KP, the concert is at St Marks Church in the Bowery, 131 E 10th St on Sunday Dec 8, 3:30 pm. There are also free workshops - click on the link with her name on this page and you can find info on those.
  Sat. 11/30/13 7:10pm KP:

Thanks. Differing info is being given out over.
  Sat. 11/30/13 7:11pm marmalade kitty:

awww this is great!
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:14pm Rob W:

Thanks MK!
  Sat. 11/30/13 7:30pm Marc Grobman:

¡Muy linda! Beautiful music and interesting commentary. Thanks, Rob.
Marc Grobman
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:32pm Rob W:

Thanks Marc!
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:33pm Let's Eat:

What a great sound coming over the speakers.
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:48pm Kristina Koffee:

Woah what is this rendition of Makedonsko devojce?
  Sat. 11/30/13 7:53pm Bar:

...better late then ever? How's today's show?
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 7:57pm Kristina Koffee:

Not credited as such on the playlist but that was a Macedonian folk song composed relatively recently in the traditional style. Heard that one a lot growing up.
  Sat. 11/30/13 8:12pm Bar:

If i may suggest a sound like Omar, i would say Amr Diab. Do you know him, Rob?
  Sat. 11/30/13 8:16pm marmalade kitty:

Super show, Rob! Thanks
  Sat. 11/30/13 8:21pm Meghan:

Really enjoying these sounds. Such a different sound
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 8:22pm Rob W:

Hi Bar, yes, Amr Diab would have been a nice segue from Omar, in fact that track was a little more like Egyptian pop in terms of tempo and perhaps rhythm than a lot of Omar Souleyman's other material, but ah well, we've moved on!
  Sat. 11/30/13 8:24pm Bar:

That pop reminded me of Amr Diab. Surely moved on. Keep up the good work.
Avatar Sat. 11/30/13 8:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Nice show tonight. I was busy in the kitchen listening while baking and had no chance to leave comments.
  Sat. 11/30/13 9:00pm Bar:

What are you baking?
  Sat. 11/30/13 9:00pm Bar:

Nice Show!!!
  Sat. 11/30/13 9:00pm Bar:

Thank you....
  Sat. 11/30/13 9:02pm Bar:

Lotta info in your site. Can't keep up. 'till next week.
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