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Saturday, October 18, 2014 Options
Hoba Hoba Spirit: Marock'n Roll

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Morocco has a vibrant roots-rock scene. Bands mix traditional and rock instrumentation, bringing in influences from Moroccan genres like Gnawa and Berber music, Chaabi and more. It’s a compelling mix - but these bands rarely play in North America.

Thanks to the US State Dept's cultural exchange program Center Stage, one of the best made it to the US this fall: Casablaca powerhouse Hoba Hoba Spirit.

Tune in tonight for Hoba Hoba Spirit’s WFMU session and you'll understand exactly why they call their music (and their greatest hits cd) Marock'n Roll!

Here’s more from Hoba Hoba Spirit’s bio, courtesy of ace world music publicity crew Rock Paper Scissors:

Bursting onto the scene more than a decade ago, the group won a huge fan base in their homeland by doing what rock once did on a regular basis: asking tough questions, challenging the status quo, and having a good time doing it. “We wanted people to be happy with who they are,” explains lead singer and philosophical Hoba Hoba frontman Reda Allali. “[Moroccan popular] chaabi music is full of this chaotic joy. We want this spirit, this private party filled with love and sweat and what you have in your heart, this African heart of Morocco, back on stage.”

Hoba Hoba Spirit will bring this powerhouse mix to American audiences in 2014 under the auspices of Center Stage. Center Stage is an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Exchange programs initiated by the Bureau support U.S. foreign policy goals and engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the U.S. and more than 160 countries. Center Stage uses the performing arts to support cultural understanding between American and international communities; participating artists experience the U.S. first hand and cultivate lasting relationships.

A band of professionals—journalists, engineers, intellectuals by day; rock stars by night—Hoba Hoba Spirit plays with languages and sounds and puns across tongues. Songs like “Blad Schizo,” which coined phrases that entered popular slang, or “Dark Bendir Army,” which seamlessly melds a modal electric guitar line and pounding beat with raw-edged, soaring North African vocals and Arabic lyrics, show the band’s versatility and clever songwriting, their ability to craft riffs that barely give on where the Motorhead ends and the Moroccan party begins.



This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Kurt Vile: Wedding Budz Options / It's a Big World Out There (and I Am Scared) (0:00:00 )

Ram Sampat: Bhaag D.K. Bose, Aandhi Aayi (Run D.K. Bose, The Storm's Here) Options / Delhi Belly / UTV Motion Pictures (0:04:38 )

The New Pornographers: Fantasy Fools Options / Brill Bruisers / Matador (0:08:49 )

The Bombay Royale: Bombay Twist Options / The Island of Dr Electro / Hope Street / * (0:13:09 )

Sheela Bringi: Buffalo Demon Slayer Options / Incantations / * (0:15:26 )

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Od Hana Do Kana Options / Gipsy Manifesto / Piranha (0:20:15 )

Banda Cuisillos Musical: Mister John Options / Dejate Llevar (0:23:28 )

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta: Mario Tambien Come Options / Mambo Mexicano / Cosmica (0:25:07 )

Victor Wail: Los Animales Options / Victor Wail y su Esencia Dominicana / TH Rodven (0:28:57 )

Manuel Guysso: Christina Options / Christina (0:35:30 )

Nyboma et les Kamale Dynamiques: Mama Yo Options / Pepe / Maikano (0:41:29 )

Charles King: Gigolo Options / Champeta Fever (0:47:35 )

Aurelio Martinez: Chichanbara Options / Landini / Real World / * (0:51:35 )
GIG: Symphony Space, Saturday Nov 22, 8 pm

Awa Sangho: Emama Options / Ala Ta / Motema / * (0:57:53 )

Hoba Hoba Spirit: Medley (Live on WFMU) Options (1:09:09 )
Including The Falling, Give Me Your Shirt, El Gouddam, Berber Song, Chaabi Song

Hoba Hoba Spirit: Medley (Live on WFMU) Options (1:33:29 )

Saor Patrol: AD/BC Options / Open Air Asylum / ARC (1:46:39 )

Second Hand Rose: Are You Happy Options / Stealing the Show (1:51:26 )
GIG: Webster Hall tomorrow night with another Chinese band, 88 Balaz. 8 pm. Also check out their session on Mary Wing's show here on WFMU TONIGHT at midnight!

Edip Akbayram: Degmen Benim Gamli Yash Gonlume Options / Edip Akbayram / * (1:54:45 )

Olcay Bayir: Min Beriya Te Kiriye Options / Neva / Harmony / Riverboat / * (2:00:53 )

Gnawa Diffusion: Ya Laymi Options / Souk System (2:06:11 )
GIG: Amazigh Kateb, singer from the famed French-Maghrebi band Gnawa Diffusion, performs at the Shrine in Harlem tomorrow night.

Orchestre National de Barbes: Rod Balek Options / Rendez-Vous Barbes (2:11:36 )

Watcha Clan: Le Bastion Options / Le Bastion (2:14:01 )

The Libyans: Honenu Ya Honenu with Barry Skharov Options / Wandering - Sacred Jewish Music from Libya / Nano Music / * (2:19:09 )

Yeong-Hee Shin: Pansori Sarang-ga Options (2:28:56 )
GIG: Sat Oct 25th: Symphony Space 2537 Broadway: Korean Performing Arts Center 20th Anniversary Concert: Vocalist Yeong-Hee Shin and percussionist Kwang-Soo Lee: legends of Korean spirit music. Plus NYC's Sounds of Korea and Rutgers Korean ensemble.

Su Wai: Longing For the King To Return Options / Gita Pon Yeik / Mississippi/Little Axe / * (2:38:08 )

Chinbat Baasankhuu: Variations (composer B. Sharav, arranged by Chinbat Baasankhuu) Options / The Art Of The Mongolian Yatga / ARC / * (2:37:42 )

Kardemimmit: Fallen Girl Options / Autio Huvila (2:49:56 )

Frigg: Vieriva Options / Polka V (2:52:03 )

Musette Explosion: TK 9 Options (2:57:02 )






TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT:

Red Baraat’s Brass Band Rave-Ups!

At Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), 158 Bleecker St. in the West Village, Saturday October 25th. 6 pm doors, 7:30 show.

E-mail me, Rob W, here any time during tonight's show with the word TIX in the subject line to get in the running for a pair of tickets!

Show info here.

About Red Baraat (from the LPR website):

Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. And is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances.

E-mail me, Rob W, here to get in the running for a pair of tickets to this concerts - I will give away a total of two pairs and notify winners by Monday, October 20.

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 10/18/14 6:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, folks. Looks like a great show on the way. How did the Honk event go?
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 6:10pm TDK60:

Rockin' out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 6:12pm davex:

Hey Rob, Ken, TDK...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 6:12pm Ĩkє:

Sorta sounded like he was singing "Daddy has Ebola" in the Ram Sampat track. Now even I'm catching absurd Ebola mania too, even via misheard lyrics! And I haven't even been watching 24-hr. news channels.
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 6:18pm t_J:

promising show / Hi Rob
Avatar    Sat. 10/18/14 6:32pm Rob W:

Good evening, thanks everyone for listening!
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 6:38pm t_J:

Christina reminds of a cool Liberators song and a lost original cd to an acquaintance
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 6:41pm t_J:

..tor (singular)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 6:52pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...tried to drum along to 'Pepe'
...I'm not a drummer : )
- great track !...
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:01pm t_J:

Morocco's has a neat music festival scene
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:02pm t_J:

oh my, another "s" bites the dust
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:16pm Meatfucker:

This makes me dance. And im no good at dancing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 7:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I knew I was gonna like HobaHobaSpirit !...
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:18pm Meatfucker:

For some reason this song reminds me of JM in the AM
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:22pm t_J:

really festive stuff .. wild westy
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 7:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...well - for example : there's the heavy long history of Sephardic Jews in Spain ; in Spanish History, there was a long & remarkable peaceful co-existence of Jews, Muslims & Christians !...many traditions
...Perhaps (?) Morocco has as much claim to the Guitar as any other place !!...
  Sat. 10/18/14 7:27pm blob dobbs:

Huh, I've never heard this Clash record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 7:29pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- yerknow - TheClash crossed my mind too! ; not a bad thing @ all far as I'm concerned ! ; have you heard Joe Strummer's later stuff w/ the Mescaleros - ??...
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:31pm Meatfucker:

From the picture, the drummer has the most fun.
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:33pm Meatfucker:

Satanism isnt welcome in Morocco?
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:33pm t_J:

Al'Andaluz was surely an interesting event in history .. I like this cultural profusion found around the Mediterranean
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:35pm Meatfucker:

I can dig this, good stuff.
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:40pm Meatfucker:

haha, you guys are awesome
  Sat. 10/18/14 7:43pm blob dobbs:

RRN63 - yeah, i was thinking of the less punk stuff he did
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 7:48pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

[Applause] - Thank You Hoba Hoba Spirit !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 10/18/14 7:52pm Folsom:

i just found out they came through town last month, dammmit! They even went through I grew up! I need to have a better understanding of the bands coming through!
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:52pm t_J:

not quite picturing the straight clash comparison here, but one thing's sure Strummer would love Hoba Spirit
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:53pm Meatfucker:

Folsom, find the shittiest venue in your area, they usually have the best bands. If the bar is in the mosh pit, thats a good sign.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 10/18/14 7:54pm Folsom:

Actually they went to a different bar, not one I would expect.
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:55pm Meatfucker:

Life is boring without surprises
  Sat. 10/18/14 7:56pm V Priceless:

Wow! Wfat a tune!
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 7:58pm t_J:

I realized that I don't take selfies anymore only press photos .. it's natural no arrogance here
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:00pm Meatfucker:

I took a pretty sweet picture of my hand earlier
i.imgur.com...
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:00pm t_J:

now I know why I always prepared my photos with a crazy perspective or some what not normal situation photo
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:02pm Meatfucker:

We did enjoy it.
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:03pm Meatfucker:

We need a cross atlantic vocal utopia, so you can have a rivalry
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 8:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...playlist - soo good; love 'Neva'...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 8:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

(...'Min Beriya Te Kiriye' I mean...)
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:17pm t_J:

temperature's rising for tomorrow, at least west Europe, Rob's taking a lead on that ..
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:18pm TDK60:

Happy Peter Tosh's birthday, tomorrow--the 19th.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 10/18/14 8:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I miss Peter Tosh.
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:30pm t_J:

support TSP don't be like those who say if they could choose some historic character to play bridge with they'd pick Colombo
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 10/18/14 8:31pm Folsom:

How about Mrs. Colombo?
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:35pm t_J:

It would only depend on her non aberrant tone of voice
Avatar Sat. 10/18/14 8:36pm t_J:

and of course no bridge here, only water sports bucket challenges not included yet
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/18/14 9:01pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Faantastic Rob. ☆
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