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Saturday, February 21, 2015 Options
Galeet Dardashti on Judeo-Persian Musical Traditions

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Galeet Dardashti's grandfather Younes Dardashti was an iconic performer of Persian Classical music as well as being a Jewish cantor and singing a type of sacred text sung the month before the Jewish High Holidays, the Piyut. During his heyday in Tehran, Jews and Muslims alike would line up to hear Younes Dardashti sing.

Galeet Dardashti was inspired by her grandfather's life to incorporate Judeo-Persian traditions into her own music. She joins us tonight to introduce her music and the traditions at its roots. She'll also explain how biblical stories of strong women were central to her debut solo release The Naming.

Galeet's FMU visit comes ahead of a big concert sharing the bill with another Jewish singer from the Arab world: Dardashti and Bukharian / Uzbek singer Muhabbat Shamayeva perform Wednesday evening February 25th at the Leondard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, 95th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side.

And for NJ folks, Galeet is giving a presentation on how, somewhat surprisingly, a trend has emerged as a lot of Israeli pop musicians have been using the sacred texts of Piyuts as the basis for pop songs. (Her presentation is entitled "Sacred Music Hits the Israeli Pop Charts: Money, Music, and Identity".) It's at the Douglass Center, 100 George St. on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick on Monday at 7 pm. Info here .

If you're curious to learn more about Piyut and hear more examples, check out

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Haramiler: Aya Bak Yildiza Bak Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon: Türk Müziğinin Miladı / 56 Unutulmaz Eser / Doğan Music Company (0:00:00 )

Erkin Koray Dortlusu: Cicek Dagi Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon: Türk Müziğinin Miladı / 56 Unutulmaz Eser / Doğan Music Company (0:04:17 )

Aris San: Boom Pam Options / Memorial Collection / / NMC (0:05:41 )

Toumast: Innulamane (The Falcon) Options / Various Artists: Real World 25 / Real World (0:15:03 )

Samba Touré: Farikoyo Options / Gandadiko / Glitterbeat (0:19:40 )

Boubacar Traore: Dounia Djanjo Options / Mbalimaou / Lusafrica / * (0:22:45 )

Galeet Dardashti: Vashti Options / The Naming / Galeet Dardashti (0:37:06 )

Younes Dardashti : Shushtari (excerpt) Options / Private Recording / Unreleased (0:46:07 )

Younes Dardashti: Im Afes (excerpt) Options / Private Recording / Unreleased (0:51:14 )
Example of a Piyut

Galeet Dardashti: Michal Options / The Naming / Galeet Dardashti (1:03:39 )

Galeet Dardashti: Dina Options / The Naming / Galeet Dardashti (1:10:19 )
Incorporates a Piyut

Haim Louk: l Adon, version from Morocco, Nuba - Raml Al-Maya (Excerpt) Options / Courtesy of / (1:17:11 )
Moroccan style take on a famous Piyut (Louk also perfoms with other types of ensembles)

Berry Sakharof & Rea Mochiach: Bechayechem Adumey Hasfatot (As You Live! Ye With Ruddy Lips!) Options / Red Lips (Adumey Hasefatot) - Texts of Ibn Gabriol / iMusic (1:22:31 )

Divahn: El Nora Options / From Forthcoming Album / No Label Yet (1:28:43 )

Divahn: Ayni Tzofiah Options / From Forthcoming Album / No Label Yet (1:35:12 )

Galeet Dardashti: Hagar / Sarah Options / The Naming / Galeet Dardashti (1:46:14 )

Red Baraat: Rang Barse Options / Gaadi of Truth / Sinj / * (1:50:43 )
GIG: March 6 (Fri) Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Red Baraat’s Festival of Colors 2015: Red Baraat + Rupa & the April Fishes & Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars.

New Bharat Brass-Band: Chumma Chumma De De Options / Inde: Fanfare Du Mariage (Chansons de Filmis) / Buda Musique / 1992 (1:58:38 )
From Bangalore

Tris Kapel Surinam Military Band: Didong De Options / 12 Surinaamse Marsen / Polydor Netherlands (2:05:15 )

Lord Fly and the Dan Williams Orchestra: Whai, Whai, Whai Options / Various Artists: 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds from the Caribbean / Soul Jazz / * (2:08:55 )
New compilation

Lucho Azcarraga Y Su Conjunto: Tamboritos Panamenos Options / Various Artists: 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds from the Caribbean / Soul Jazz / * (2:11:25 )

Michi Sarmiento y Su Combo Bravo: Calenita Options / Various Artists: The Afrosound of Colombia Volume 2 / VampiSoul / * (2:14:18 )
New compilation

Joe Cuba: Macorina Options / El Alcalde Del Barrio / Fania (2:18:11 )

Abelardo Barroso: La Mulata Rumbero Options / Cha Cha Cha / World Circuit (2:21:31 )
New Anthology

No. 1 de Dakar: Yaye Boy Options / Various Artists: Golden Afrique: Highlights and Rarities from the Golden Era of African Pop Music (1971-1985) / Network Medien / Membran Media / * (2:23:46 )
New compilation (2 cd) / Africando's remake crossed over to Latin music charts

Emiliano Zuleta: La Gota Fria Options / Various Artists: 100 Canciones Nominades Volume 5 / Discos Fuentes (2:28:47 )

La Sucursal de la Colombia: El Divorcio Options / Cumbia a Domicilio / Intolerancia / * (2:32:52 )

Santiago Vazquez: El Moni-Moni Options / Raamon / Los Anos Luz (2:44:26 )

Letta Mbulu: Welele Options / Free Soul / Stateside (2:46:32 )

Remi Kabaka, Abdul Lasisi Amao, Steve Winwood: Afro Super Options / Aiye-Keta / Antilles (2:50:03 )

Xylouris-White: Suburb Options / Goats / Other Music Recording Co. (2:59:20 )
GIG: Opening for Swans this week

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 6:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I be unfashionably 1st - to say - Boom Pam is Way Kewl ! ...
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 6:21pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob and all other TSP-ers out there!
i agree, RRN63!
listening online here, on this SNOWY, transmitter-sabotaging evening :)
Galeet Dardashti sounds FASCINATING! looking forward to hearing her . . . and i love how all these different cultures get all mixed up and get along in music and food/cooking too
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 6:24pm Rob W:

Good evening slugluv, RR and everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 6:27pm slugluv1313:

transmitter sounds like it is working again, YAY! can listen in kitchen while feeding the kitties
  Sat. 2/21/15 6:36pm cheri:

hiya rob, long time listener first time comenteer. great show!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 6:38pm Rob W:

Thanks Cheri, thanks very much for listening, on or off the record - !
  Sat. 2/21/15 6:49pm Eric:

As a nice Ashkenaz Jew, it's wonderful to hear these sounds. Words I know all sounding weird!!!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 6:50pm Rob W:

Thanks Eric!
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 6:58pm KK:

hii Rob! fascinating & talented guest tonite. Happy I can listen live tho I hope the weather in JC isn't as awful as it is here in Union county. Hope yr commutes arent too bad :/
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/21/15 6:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

With all the conflict I hear in the news these days, it's gratifying to hear of any people getting along anymore. Thanks for the interesting program.
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 7:06pm Rob W:

Thanks Ken! We do touch on current events a bit at the end of the interview... but yes, as you say, absolutely!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 7:06pm Rob W:

Actually KK it's pretty yucky here too but I got over here fine - happily I only have a 12 minute drive from Hoboken!
  Sat. 2/21/15 7:09pm Eric:

Okay, I have to say this again. This is great. Also, please thank Galeet for the story about her father's grandmother, that is wonderful.
  Sat. 2/21/15 7:11pm Davex:

This sounds great, thanks!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 7:15pm Rob W:

Thanks Davex and sure thing Eric!
  Sat. 2/21/15 8:35pm cheri:

thank you for a fantastic show tonight rob!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 8:43pm Rob W:

Thanks Cheri!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 8:56pm JakeGould:

Hello! Stay warm, people!
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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