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Saturday, April 4, 2015 Options
La Inédita: Chichamuffin from Peru

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Thanks everyone for your incredible support during our successful fundraising Marathon!

First - Niger's superstar juggernaut Tal National returns to our airwaves with a studio session and interview. We catch them in the early stages of an extended tour of North America. The band is on the road to support their most rhythmically adventurous recording yet, the scintillating Zoy Zoy (FatCat Records). We'll hear Tal National’s show-stopping super-charged adaptation of a Hausa spirit possession ritual plus lots of earth-shaking originals.

In the last half of the show, a very different adaptation of ritual music: Guitarist Yoshie Fruchter, who established himself as one of New York's leading Judeo-mashers with his instrumental band Pitom, introduces us to his new project, Schizophonia: Super-energized electric arrangements of songs learned from Ashkenazi Jewish cantorial recordings of the early 20th century. (The regional record release show for the Schizophonia album (Blue Thread Music) is at Temple University's Feinstein Center in Philadelphia on Thursday May 7th.) We'll contrast-and-compare, listening to the original recordings followed by Schizophonia's amped-up adaptations.

Tal National’s founder, leader and guitarist Almeida (Issoufou Moumine) is also a global ambassador for the non-denominational charitable NGO SOS Childrens’ Villages, which is, in its own words, a ”global federation that works to prevent family breakdown and protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who risk losing it. (They) work with communities, partners and states to ensure that the rights of all children, in every society, are respected and fulfilled.” To find out more and consider donating or sponsoring a child or a village, visit

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We have two pairs of tickets available for this show:

Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Chile’s Legendary Voice - a tribute concert to the late Violeta Parra with Illapu, Colombina Parra and Ana Tijoux, this coming Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm at the Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street (near the Brooklyn Bridge) in lower Manhattan.

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here and please put "TIX" in the subject line. Winners will be notified by noon (NYC time), Monday, April 13 2015.

More about the concert:

Gracias a la Vida is a historic multi-generational tribute to Violeta Parra, the most important singer, songwriter and storyteller in the history of Chile. Parra’s songs of struggle, defiance, and triumph were the basis for Latin America’s “New Song” (Nueva Canción) movement, which had a tremendous influence on music and politics around the world and influenced generations.
This program features Chilean artists whose music is deeply influenced by Parra with styles ranging from nueva canción to rock and pop:
• Illapu, founded in 1971 are well known for their sophisticated interpretations of Andean folklore and rhythms, a fusion that later developed into the “nueva cancion” movement.
• Colombina Violeta Parra Tuca is a niece of Violeta Parra and a singer, songwriter, guitarist and daughter of famed anti-poet Nicanor Parra.
• Ana Tijoux first found acclaim as the female MC of the Chilean hiphop group Makiza, and has established herself on the Spanish-language indie circuit. Tijoux garnered mainstream attention in the U.S. when her single “1977” was featured on the TV series Breaking Bad.

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here and please put "TIX" in the subject line. Winners will be notified by noon (NYC time), Monday, April 13 2015.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Tal National: Sey Wata Gaya Options / Zoy Zoy / * (0:00:00 )
GIG: Playing an unplugged set at the Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St. in Manhattan, Monday afternoon 5-6 pm.

Mdou Moctar: Anar Options / Split 7" w/ Brainstorm / Sahel Sounds (0:07:18 )

Brainstorm: Vanessa Options / Split 7" w/Mdou Moctar / Sahel Sounds (0:10:56 )
Homophonic cover of Mdou Moctar's Anar

Boubacar Traore: Africa Options / Mbalimaou / Lusafrica / * (0:21:05 )

Kasse Mady Diabate: Toumarou Options / Kirike / Six Degrees / * (0:26:57 )

Fofoulah: No Troubles (Kelinte) Options / Fofoulah / Glitterbeat / * (0:32:13 )

Super Djata Band de Bamako: Batila Options / En Super Forme / Musique Mondiale (0:36:52 )

Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band: Tile Options / Juguya / Sublime Frequencies / * (0:41:21 )

Big Mean Sound Machine: In the Name of What? Options / Contraband (0:47:26 )
GIG: Opening for Dopapod at Brooklyn Bowl, Sat Apr 25. The band Features Dan Barker on guitar, who engineers tonight's session with La Inedita!

Karikatura: Soy Quien Soy Options / Eyes Wide / Rope-a-Dope (0:56:57 )
GIG: Thurs May 14, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

La Inédita: Fayah (Live on WFMU) Options (1:03:17 )
GIG: As noted above, Sunday night, 8 pm at Garcia's at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester, NY (with Pana).

La Inédita: No Se Queja (Live on WFMU) Options (1:12:48 )

La Inédita: Pa Viejitos (Live on WFMU) Options (1:19:15 )

La Inédita: Atento (Live on WFMU) Options (1:27:48 )

La Inédita: La Danza de Los Mirlos (Live on WFMU) Options (1:33:04 )

La Inédita: Chicha Chicha (Live on WFMU) Options (1:39:45 )

Chocolate Armenteros with Zon del Bario: Zon del Chocolate Options / Live at Central Park (on his 85th birthday) (1:50:09 )
GIG: pril 5 (Sun): Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural, 1680 Lexington Ave (at E 106th St in East Harlem): Zon del Barrio’s Easter Sunday Danzette with Chocolate Armenteros, celebrating the great Cuban trumpeter’s 87th birthday. Afternoon event: 2-8 pm.

Abelardo Barroso: En Guantànamo Options / Cha Cha Cha / World Circuit / * (1:55:14 )
New Anthology

joseph kabasele (Le Grand Kalle): Valerine Regina Options / Le Grand Kalle: His Life and His Music / Sterns (1:58:03 )

E.T. Mensah: Menye Wo Boyo Options / King of Highlife Anthology (4 CD Set) / RetroAfric / * (2:00:52 )

Angel Viloria y Su Conjunto Tipico Cibaeno: La Cruz Options / Merengues Volume 2 / Ansonia (2:03:37 )

Los Cenzontles & Andre Thierry: Tu Sonrisa Options / Shades of Brown (2:06:07 )
Featuring David Hidalgo

Juan Bardeles Rios, Juan Bardeles Salazar, Antero Marina: Papel Sellado Options / Various Artists: Carried by the Current: Music of the Peruvian Amazon / Rounder (2:09:44 )

Juan Cholucha y Picafloricita de Huamanga: Acochapelo Options / Primicias (2:12:29 )

Luzmila Carpio: Tarpuricusum Sarata (Captain Planet Remix) Options / Luzmila Carpio Meets ZZK / ZZK / * (2:18:39 )

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible: El Coyote Options / Motel Baja / Nacional (2:23:21 )

Los Crema Paraiso: Intro, Petrocumbia Options / El Debut (2:30:57 )

Le Vent du Nord: Noce Tragique Options / Tetu / Borealis / * (2:43:02 )
GIG: Next Saturday at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn - second night of two night Quebecois music festival - we have 1 pair of tickets to giveaway for each night - just email me w/ "TIX" in the subject line to get in the running (via the email link elsewhere on this page).

Overt Sunset: Sidespring Options / Various Artists: Danish Roots 2013 (2:47:23 )

Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund : The Danish Immigrant Options / The Danish Immigrant (EP) (2:48:34 )

Litvakus: Blaybt Unz Gezunt Options / Raysn - The Music of Jewish Belarus (2:52:20 )
GIG: City Winery, 155 Varick St: Klezmer Brunch: Litvakus. 11 am - 2 pm tomorrow (Sunday, April 5)

Selime Bajrami: Gilava Amare Romenge Options / Various Artists: Stand Up, People: Gypsy Pop Songs from Tito's Yugoslavia 1964-1980 / Asphalt Tango / * (2:55:31 )

Gabbi Lunca: Hora Options / Sounds from a Bygone Age Vol 5 / Asphalt Tango / * (2:58:37 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/4/15 6:09pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Greetings Rob and all my fellow TSP listeners!
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 6:10pm Rob W:

Hi Karen, hi everyone. I know it's a little sleepy everywhere because of the holidays but glad you're with us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 6:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

... strong out of the gate Rob to follow The Sonics on Todd's !
...yer know how them African Guitar stylin's slay me...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 6:21pm Hugh:

Hi Rob! I know you don't like requests but did you get the new Los Cenzontles with Andre Thierry and David Hidalgo in? Pretty great Tejano stuff.
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 6:27pm Rob W:

I do like Los Cenzontles... do you have a particular track from that collaboration to suggest Hugh?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 6:33pm Hugh:

Track 2, Tu Sonrisa is good. Whatever you like! Thanks! I went to kindergarten and elementary school with the leader/daddy, Eugene.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/4/15 6:53pm daved:

Great stuff as always, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 6:55pm ░Ī Ҡ ℰ░::

Yes. I dig it.
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 6:55pm Rob W:

Thanks Daved! Hugh - I can get your request in a little after the set by La Inedita if that's not too late!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 6:56pm ! I X Key !:

! This show has made the evening thus far so interesting & so beautiful (o:
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:07pm Rob W:

Thank you ! I X Key !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 7:32pm Hugh:

These guys are great! Wish I could catch the show tomorrow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/4/15 7:42pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Me too. These guys must be a blast live.
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:42pm Rob W:

Thanks Hugh! Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of them in the future...
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:46pm Erella:

Rob, your show is always wonderfully inspiring and fun to listen to. Today, wow! These guys are great.
Chichamuffin! What a wonderful band! Thank you all.
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:47pm Erella:

Will they be playing Toronto? The website doesn't say.
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:50pm Rob W:

Hi Erella, no sad to say, they won't make it to Toronto this time around - but hopefully sometime in the future...
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:51pm Rob W:

And thanks very much Erella!
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 7:54pm Erella:

Thank you!
and thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 8:22pm Hugh:

Thanks for the track, Rob! A great show as always!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 8:27pm maestroso:

Loved that Luzmila Carpio track...
  Sat. 4/4/15 8:30pm New 2 the show:

What was playing before el coyote? Luved it!
  Sat. 4/4/15 8:34pm New 2 the show:

Nevermind, now I can see the playlist. It's so detailed I missed it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 8:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Well, I never made it to The Falcon last night. Maybe some show in the future.
Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 8:49pm Rob W:

Ah well Ken... hey, they're hoping there will be more opportunities of course!
  Sat. 4/4/15 8:53pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob. Lurking away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 8:53pm JakeGould:

Avatar Sat. 4/4/15 8:56pm Rob W:

Hello late posters, glad you could be with us, and good night everyone, see you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/4/15 9:03pm JakeGould:

Thank you and fare thee well!
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