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Saturday, February 28, 2015 Options
Mu Qian's Field Recordings: Music of Chinese Minorities

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Mu Qian is an ethnomusicologist, arts journalist, concert producer and all-around champion of roots music. He's a major player in China's small but growing multi-culti music scene: He curates China's first world music festival, World Music Shanghai. And he's director of Pentatonic Workshop, a Beijing-based non-profit that promotes and presents traditional and roots-inspired music from Asia and the Asian Diaspora to Chinese audiences. Mu Qian has traveled across China exploring the music of the country's ethnic minorities, and he'll share his musical discoveries on WFMU tonight.


We have one pair of tickets available for each of these shows:

A Portuguese double bill: Fado singer Camame and guitar duo Dead Combo @ NJPAC, 1 Center st., Newark NJ, Sun eve Mar 15th.

Mai Dai (Sindh artist from Thar Desert region, Pakistan) presented by Live Sounds @ CUNY Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave., in Manhattan, Thurs March 12th.

To enter a drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here and please put "TIX" in the subject line. Please specify which show you're interested in (or if both, indicate that you're interested in both).

The deadline to enter is 11 pm (NYC time) tomorrow, Sunday March 1 2015. Winners will be notified by noon (NYC time), Monday, March 2 2015.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Bonny Prince Billy: So Far And Here We Are Options / Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues (0:00:00 )

Mavi Cocuklar: Tamzara Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon: Türk Müziğinin Miladı / 56 Unutulmaz Eser (0:03:31 )

A. Halim & De Fictions: Kembali Lagi Options / Various Artists: Pop Yeh Yeh (0:06:16 )

The Jetliners: O Mere Sona Options / At the Taj Mahal Bombay (0:10:41 )

Juaneco y su Combo: La Danza Del Yacuruna Options / The Birth of Jungle Cumbia (0:12:46 )

Os Mutantes: Panis et Circenses Options / Os Mutantes (0:15:34 )

Sway Machinery: Od Hapaam Options / Purity and Danger / 3rd Generation Recordings / * (0:19:10 )
GIG: March 1 (Sun) Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn: The Sway Machinery - CD Release Show. Early show: 6 pm.

Merawi Yohannes: Wube Abeba Options / Various Artists: Best of the 60s / Ethiosounds (0:22:59 )

Seyfu Yohannes: Bermeikesh Aydelem (Not Because of Your Beauty) Options / Various Artists: Best of the 60s (0:26:18 )

Dead Combo & Camané: Inquietação Options / Video Only (0:37:53 )
GIG: Both artists perform Sunday Mar 15 @ NJPAC in Newark. We're giving away a pair of tickets - see instructions above to enter the drawing.

Luzmila Carpio: Amaotayku Avelino Sinani (El Remolon Remix) Options / Luzmila Carpio ZZK (Remixes) / ZZK / * (0:40:23 )

Haruna Walusimbi: Spirit Song Options / Various Artists (With Bela Fleck) - Throw Down Your Heart 2 (0:43:01 )
GIG: TONIGHT Soap Box Gallery, 636 Dean Street (between Vanderbilt & Carlton), Brooklyn: Haruna Walusimbi (a/k/a Haruna Walisimbe) with Mark Stone at 8 pm + Famoro Dioubate's Kakande with Missia Saran Dioubate at 9 pm.

Edward Kalunga: Bala wasunga mulundu Options / Various Artists: Best of Hugh Tracey / SWP Records / * (0:47:43 )

Nyoro Royal Horn Ensemble: Rwakanembe Options / Various Artists: Best of Hugh Tracey / SWP Records / * (0:50:18 )

Maria Ciobanu: Neică Suflet de Oltean Options / Maria Ciobanu Volume 1 / Elecrecord (0:56:54 )

Paola Prestini: Oceanic Verses (Excerpt) Options / Oceanic Verses (0:59:05 )

Shanren: Left Foot Dance of the Yi Options / Left Foot Dance of the Yi / Riverboat (1:10:27 )

Hanggai: Hershut Hero Options / Baifeng (1:14:11 )

Dong Singers: Grand Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Liping Village, Guizhou Province, China / Unreleased (1:20:45 )

Dong Singers: Love Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Liping Village, Guizhou Province, China / Unreleased (1:25:11 )

Miao Singers (Two Women): Farewell Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Leishan Village, Guizhou Province, China / Unreleased (1:33:29 )

Uyghur Musicians: Two Folk Songs Performed at a Meshrep (Party) Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Yarkant, Xinjiang Province, China / Unreleased (1:38:14 )

Tibetan Male Vocal Group: Folk Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Degen, Yunnan Province, China (1:48:11 )

Tibetan Singers with Xianxi Fiddle: Xianxi Dance Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Degen, Yunnan Province, China (1:49:13 )

Tibetan Singers: Buddhist Ceremonial Music Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian at a Buddhist Monastery in Barkam, SIchuan Province, China (1:52:14 )

Tibetan Catholic Choir: Tibetan Catholic Prayer Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Degen, Yunnan Province, China (1:57:16 )

Tu Singers: Tu Folk Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Huzhu, Qinghai Province, China (2:00:50 )

Folk SIngers: Hua'er Song Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Huzhu, Qinghai Province, China (2:06:49 )

Folk Singers: Embroidering the Purse Options / Field Recording By Mu Qian in Beijing (2:10:52 )

Terje Isungset (Percussion, Ice Percussion), Unni Løvlid (Vocals), Frode Haltli (Accordion), Lu Yingmei (Vocals), Wu Chuan Ping (Vocals), Pan Xin Zhi (Vocals), Wu Anhua Dongliang (Vocal, Pipe etc): Olaf, Olaf Kjyra Di e Dau Options / Bridges: Live in China / Heilo (2:15:12 )

Kali Mutsa: Quispe Options / Souvenance / Flowfish Records (2:21:25 )

Ozomatli: Paleta Options / Place in the Sun / Vanguard / * (2:24:46 )

Dedake: Manekiteky (Expression for the Sound of His Guitar) Options / Various Artists: Feedback Madagascar / ARC Music / * (2:27:56 )

Labani Kalunga & Fikashala Band: By Air Options / Various Artists: Zambiance / GlobeStyle (2:34:34 )

Alfredo: Musica Do Cantinho Options / Various Artists: Wired For Sound - Mocambique / * (2:41:09 )
Mobile recording project

Famikoto: Nintendo Music Medley (Played on Japanese traditional instrumented) Options / Video Only (2:49:25 )

Madala Kunene: Draahoek Options / 1959 (3:01:03 )

Listener comments!

  Sat. 2/28/15 6:19pm Jean Railla:

Great playlist Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 6:24pm Rob W:

Thanks Jean, good evening everyone!
  Sat. 2/28/15 6:25pm will:

Wow starting out with a bang Rob and we sure dig it out here in Pawtucket.
  Sat. 2/28/15 6:29pm chicken:

Happy happy happy
Avatar Sat. 2/28/15 6:45pm ifny:

What was the song just playing with the woman singing? Was that Luzmila Carpio? My mind is officially blown.
Avatar Sat. 2/28/15 6:52pm ifny:

I listened to the last set via my mobile and desktop simultaneously. There's a slightly greater micro lag on my mobile so they're syncopating quite nicely. It's quite the experience. I recommend!
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 6:56pm Rob W:

ifny, that was probably the Luzmila Carpio: remix track by El Remolon.
Avatar Sat. 2/28/15 7:13pm ifny:

@Rob W Thanks.
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:16pm maestroso:

Loving this show Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:17pm Rob W:

Thanks Maestroso. Get ready, we're about to shift gears a bit!
  Sat. 2/28/15 7:39pm Hel:

One of your best Rob! Fascinating interview and 'Hershut Hero' is such an earthy, riveting yet mesmerizing piece.
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:42pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Hel!
  Sat. 2/28/15 7:46pm Dave in Cleveland:

Reeeally great show tonight, sir.
Thank you to Mr. Mu Qian!!
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:47pm Rob Weisberg:

Thank you Dave in Cleveland and yes, massive thanks to Mu QIan!
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:48pm slugluv1313:

FASCINATING show, beautiful music -- thank you, Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:50pm Rob W:

Thanks slugluv
  Sat. 2/28/15 7:52pm Hel:

Ditto Dave! Many thanks to Mr Mu QIan. Envisioning a musical collaboration with Wardruna in Norway, that would be excellent.
Avatar    Sat. 2/28/15 7:56pm Rob W:

Hel, you know there was a pretty amazing collaboration between Dong Chinese Singers and Norwegian musicians a few years ago - check out .
  Sat. 2/28/15 8:07pm Hel:

Thanks Rob. I did not know about that but not surprised as the Norwegian music, art and culture is extremely progressive. I'm not Norwegian- just half Danish and a huge fan of the Norwegian rock & metal music scene. Getting more into world & indigenous music thanks to you Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/28/15 8:16pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Very interesting program tonight, Rob.
  Sat. 2/28/15 8:20pm Hel:

Can't help but hear the ancient crossing of paths between these two cultures through this beautiful song. That was awesome!
Avatar Sat. 3/7/15 2:57pm KK:

I faved Mu Qian's recordings as much for the exposition as the songs themselves. It's weirdly validating to hear his perspectives on the commonalities of folk music, coming from a researcher. His description of the "Embroidering The Purse" tradition is really interesting to me - not just on a cultural level but it's also very pertinent to evolutionary biology; you can witness similar patterns of song variation in other musical animals and study how it affects survival and speciation. That's also interesting but not as fun. But anyway, really that whole segment was cool, great episode!
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