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Saturday, August 2, 2014 Options
Quraishi - Master of the Afghan Rubab

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Decades of war and cultural repression have taken a huge toll on Afghanistan's once thriving music scene. Many musicians have left the country.

One of the best, Quraishi, lives right here in New York. Quraishi is a master of the traditional Afghan short-necked lute, the rubab. He has a great new CD out on the Evergreene label, Mountain Melodies.

Quraishi is one of several outstanding artists from Persian and Turkic cultures who performed at the annual CTMD Heritage Sunday free concert on Sunday afternoon August 2 at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Hearst Plaza. The concert, Echoes of the Divine: Arts of the Turko-Persian Diaspora, featured Ahmet Erdogdular, Shashmaqam, Quraishi, and The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble.

On today's show Quarishi performs two instrumentals live on rubab plus two short pieces on the dutar, a long-neck lute he's recently begun playing as well. He's accompanied by Hewad, a fine young tabla player.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Golem: Tumbalalaika Options / Tanz / * (0:00:00 )

Nayekhovichi : Rumenye Options / Klezmer is Dead (0:04:17 )

Balval: Tell Us, Beautiful Girl Options / Ten Hand Band / * (0:11:42 )

Masaladosa: Garam Masala Options / Electro World Curry / 2008 (0:17:58 )

Kailash Kher: Bam Lahiri Options / Shor in the City (Soundtrack)
GIG: Fri, Aug 15, Ritz Theater, Elizabeth, NJ

Quraishi: Tears (Live on WFMU) Options
Quraishi, rubab with Hewad, tabla

Quraishi: Jananna (Live on WFMU) Options (0:48:08 )
Quraishi, rubab with Hewad, tabla

Quraishi: Song from North Afghanistan on Dutar (LIve on WFMU) Options (0:54:13 )
Quraishi, dutar with with Hewad, tabla

Quraishi: Song from Herat on Dutar (LIve on WFMU) Options (0:58:05 )
Quraishi, dutar with with Hewad, tabla

Quraishi: Wardagi Options / Mountain Melodies / Evergreene Music / * (1:03:47 )
GIG: Tomorrow, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Hearst Plaza, 1-5 pm, Free

Ahmet Erdogdular: Rast Taksim, Rast Yuruk Semai Options / Songs of the Sultans (1:13:19 )
GIG: Tomorrow, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Hearst Plaza, 1-5 pm, Free

Periklis Papapetropoulos: Gaitanaki Options / The Greek Folk Instruments Volume 8 - Saz (1:20:37 )

Domna Samiou: The Mule, The Mule (Satirical song from Mitylene) Options / Greek Folk Songs and Music By the Flowering Oleander / EMI (1:23:06 )

Ensemble Al-Tanburah: Shuftu Al-Qamar Ala l-Sadr Al-Gamil Options / La Simsimiyya de Port-Said / Institut Du Monde Arabe (1:26:30 )

The Nile Project: Ya Ganouby Options / Aswan / Nile Project (1:32:43 )
Dina El Wedidi, Vocals

Alsarah & The Nubatones: Fugu (Shams Alhurria) Options / Silt / Wonderwheel (1:39:54 )

Omar Souleyman: Li Raja Behawakom (I Beg You, Baby) Options / Jazeera Nights (1:45:48 )
GIGS: Aug 6 (Wed) Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Oumar Souleyman + Dutch E Germ + Michael Beharie. 8:30 pm. Aug 7 (Thurs), House of Vans, 25 Franklin St., Brooklyn: Omar Souleyman with Future Islands and others.

Orchestra of Spheres: Spontaneous Symmetry Options / Nonagonic Now / * (1:49:47 )

Chancha Via Circuito (ft. Miriam Garcia): Copilla Options / Single / Wonderwheel / * (1:55:57 )

Kali Mutsa: CanciĆ³n De Amor Colla Options / Single / Shock / * (2:00:20 )

Meridian Brothers: El Gran Pajaro de Los Andes Options / Salvadora Robot / Soundway / * (2:03:24 )

Cumbia All Stars: La Cumbia del Parisino Options / Tigres en Fuga / World Village / * (2:08:10 )

Los Black Stars: La Hamaca Grande Options / Los Impactos de los Black Stars / Sonolux (2:12:28 )

Gaby Zevallos: Tumba la Cana Options / La Voz y Estil de Gaby Zevallos / Mag (2:15:23 )

Page: Ta Duel Bo Options / Super Dynamic / Grabaciones Dinamico (2:18:56 )
Venezuela / Curacao (?)

Kaveri Special: Rantakoira Options / Kaveri Special / * (2:22:21 )
Finland

Joyce Thabe: Mmabatho Options / Modiegi / Teal (2:26:22 )
Tswana Vocal

Mahotella Queens: Hamba Mzala Options / Meet the Mahotella Queens / 1966 (2:29:51 )

Lemmy "Special" Mabaso: Loafers Corner Options / Lemmy Hit Parade No. 1 (2:31:57 )

Rudy Plaate i Tipico Boneriano: Ayo Tantan Options / T'abo.. ta Korsou! / Erma (2:36:29 )

JB Williams Band: Gee Bongo Lay Options / Various Artists: Calypso: Musical Poetry in the Caribbean 1955-69 / Soul Jazz / * (2:37:53 )

Shunters: Since Morning Options / Since Morning / New Cross (2:41:40 )

Aziza Mustafa Zadeh: Heartbeat Options / Always (2:51:14 )




Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/2/14 6:06pm cory:

RE: the rubab, are only the frets played?
Avatar    Sat. 8/2/14 6:10pm Rob W:

Hi Cory, I don't know actually - I will try to remember to ask! I do know it has 3 melody strings and 20 sympathetic strings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/2/14 6:11pm cory:

groovy, thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/2/14 6:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

GutenTZAG !
- Rubab wigkey fwiw... :
en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/2/14 6:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...but four frets visible on this one, which appear movable :
3.bp.blogspot.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/2/14 6:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- text w/ that pic on that blog :
palouserivermusic.blogspot.com... :
...getting the impression (??) you also play above the frets like on its' South Asian cousin the fretless sarod...hmm...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/2/14 6:24pm I.K.E. (Ice King Enterprises):

GREETINGS, HUMANS
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/2/14 6:26pm davex:

Good evening Rob and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/2/14 6:32pm doca:

hey, rob and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/2/14 6:46pm Ike:

Ah, stale pita! And it's not too hot today, so I can turn the oven on. Time to make pita chips!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/2/14 6:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...kind-of a more Mountain Region & 'homey' version of (more 'Tropical'?) Classical Indian music, then?
- Both beguiling & charming; how great to have a Master here for us !...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/2/14 7:01pm Ike:

Yeah, fantastic performance!
  Sat. 8/2/14 7:51pm brotherjames:

this is great, i was playing omar khorshid just before turning wfmu on and...discovering your show . greetings everyone
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