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Saturday, May 23, 2015 Options
Las Alegres Ambulancias - Afro-Colombian Palenque Legends

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Las Alegres Ambulancias come from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a remote village with a rich African heritage - it was the first town formed by freed slaves in the Americas. The ensemble originated as a drum-and-vocal group way back in 1905, and their mission is to carry on centuries-old Afro-Colombian traditions. But these are living traditions - so nowadays the band spices things up with electric guitar and more. Tonight we'll hear a sizzling live session by these coastal Colombian cultural icons - recorded live at WFMU during their 2014 US tour.

Big thanks to Javier Mutis of Om Producciones, Colombia; Kaisha Johnson of CTMD, and our illustrious engineer Dan Barker.


We have two more pairs of tickets available to see Red Baraat, the dynamic Indian-inspired brass band led by superb percussionist Sunny Jain on the final date of their month-long Friday residency at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. in lower Manhattan, Friday May 29 at 8 pm. Red Baraat is celebrating the release of its latest cd, Gaadi of Truth.

We also have two pair of tickets for a show this Tuesday night May 26th at 9:30 - to see another band making a stand - Jon Madof’s Zion80, who are playing Tuesday nights at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street the next three weeks. If a 13-piece all-star band that blends Jewish melodies and downtown improv with Fela-inspired Afrobeat isn’t enough, this Tuesday night’s show features a special guest, Brazilian-born super-percussionist Cyro Baptista.

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here and please put "TIX" in the subject line. Indicate which concert you're interested in - or if both, indicate first and second choice. The deadline to enter is Sunday, May 24 at midnight.

Anyone may enter but I will draw first among entrants who have not won tickets in the past 8 weeks (not counting our Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival giveaway), and then I'll draw again from all entrants if tickets are still left.

Winners will be notified by noon (NYC time), Monday, May 25th, 2015.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Lena Lim and the Stylers: Luna, Luna Options / Various Artists: SIngapore a Go-Go / Sublime Frequencies (0:00:00 )

Lam Yong: Kati Sorn Jai (Lessons for Life) Options / Various Artists: Thai Pop Spectacular II - Siamese Soul / Sublime Frequencies (0:04:59 )
Southern Thai Manora style

Sita Nurhaliza: Cindal Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide Malaysia / World Music Network (0:09:33 )

Rafeah Bugang: Joget Pahang Options / Sharifa Aini & Rafeah Bugang / Remaco (0:14:09 )

P. Ramlee: Hancur Badan Dikandung Tanah Options / Lagu-Lagu Terbaik P. Ramlee Lagu Dan Filem / EMI Malaysia (0:17:00 )

Abdelardo Barroso: En Guantànamo Options / Cha Cha Cha / World Circuit / Nonesuch (0:20:13 )

Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès: Mariama Yayou Salam Options / Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 / Teranga Beat (0:23:30 )

Jon Madof and Zion80: Holy Brother Options / Zion80 / Tzadik (0:36:14 )
GIG: Tuesday nights through June 9, 9:30 at Joe's Pub. GIVEAWAY: We have two pairs available for this Tuesday's show - follow the instructions atop this page to enter the drawing to win a pair of tickets!

King Sunny Ade: Sunny Loni Ariya Options / Sweet-Banana / Atom-Park (0:45:21 )
GIGs: World Music Institute concert at 92nd St. Y, Fri June 26; plus a free BAM afternoon concert at Metrotech, Thursday July 2 at noon

Octa Push featuring Isaac: Khuchende Halala Options / Various Artists: Ten Cities / Sound Way / * (0:52:15 )

Tal National: Farila (Chimurenga Renaissance Remix) Options / Single Only / Fatcat / * (0:55:18 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: La Cosita (Live on WFMU) Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:07:47 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: Makako (Live on WFMU) Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:18:11 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: Tambolero (Live on WFMU) Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:25:28 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: Guayabita Madura (Live on WFMU) Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:39:38 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: Chimankongo (Live on WFMU) Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:46:50 )

Las Alegres Ambulancias: A Traditional Lumbalu (Live on WFMU) Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:54:59 )

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Te Duniya Laban Options / Ba Power / Glitterbeat / * (1:58:58 )
GIG: July 9 (Thurs) Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival at Metrotech: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Noon to 1:30 pm, free admission.

Leila Gobi: Imidiwani Options / Leila / Clermont Music / * (2:04:16 )

Tamikrest: Assikal Options / Chatma / Glitterbeat (2:08:45 )
GIG: July 16 (Thurs): Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell, 62 West Drive (near 9th St), Prospect Park, Brooklyn: Vieux Farka Touré + Tamikrest + DJ Dakar.

Mamer: Kargashai Options / Eagle / Real World (2:11:28 )

Sabahat Akkiraz & Orient Expressions: Gül Fidanı Kırılır Options / Külliyat / Doublemoon (2:15:26 )

Folksy: Backwater Experience Options / Folksy / De Kulture (2:20:05 )

Gnawa Diffusion: Kambe Options / Shock El Hal / Tam (2:25:21 )
GIG: July 16 (Thurs) Lincoln Center Rubinstein Atrium, Broadway and 63rd St: Gnawa Diffusion and InnoVe Gnawa. 7:30 pm, free admission.

Ross Daly: Makrinitsa Options / The Other Side / Ross Daly / * (2:33:40 )

Polka Madre: Turkish Delite Options / Endless / Casete (2:37:32 )

Meridian Brothers: Somos los Residentes Options / Salvadora Robot / Sound Way (2:41:12 )
GIG: June 17 at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District (near the Whitney Museum)

Jose Conde y Ola Fresca: Pollitos de Primavera Options / Elixir / Pipiki / * (2:47:37 )
GIG: CD release show at Drom, 85 Ave A Wed June 10.

Red Baraat: Gaadi of Truth Options / Gaadi of Truth / Sinj / * (2:53:32 )
GIG: This Friday night at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District (near the Whitney Museum) - TICKET GIVEAWAY - we're giving away tickets - info on how to enter a drawing to win a pair of tickets elsewhere on this page.

Listener comments!

Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 6:44pm Bas NL:

Good evening Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 6:46pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas and everyone!
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 6:56pm Bas NL:

Two weeks back i did some repairs on traditional (electrified) Malinese instruments and got invited to their show. It was Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba. Wow, did i get a good deal.. they were amazing!!
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 7:02pm Rob W:

Wow, that's amazing Bas! Bassekou and Ngoni Ba are coming over here this summer - though I can't really help repair their instruments. (They're playing a free show at BAM Metrotech Thursday afternoon July 9...
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 7:04pm Bas NL:

Do check them out; you won't be disappointed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/23/15 7:05pm common:

this has been terrific! thank you, rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/23/15 7:27pm doca:

Evening, Rob and fellow listeners!
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 7:33pm Rob W:

Good evening doca and all our far-flung listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/23/15 7:42pm Santos L Halper:

Enjoying the show Rob. I'll echo the plaudits for Bassekou K. Saw them a couple years ago (on a double bill with Bill Frisell (!)
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 8:00pm Bas NL:

Great show by Las Alegres Ambulancias! And again fantastic recording.
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 8:02pm Bas NL:

Bassekou Kouyate! Nice! ;)
  Sat. 5/23/15 8:44pm Hel:

Fascinating interview Rob & Las Alegres Ambulamcias! I'm wondering if the "ambulance" explained in the interview is what we refer to as a "hearse"? Well, whatever very interesting nonetheless. I'm wondering if you're ever going to play ndigenous Samii music from Norway- it's something most people don't know about.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/23/15 8:49pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for a wonderful presentation tonight, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/23/15 8:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- yes, another delightful show Rob ; I truly appreciate the musical flavors & uplift
& Muchas Gracias to Las Alegres Ambulancias from this listener!
  Sat. 5/23/15 8:56pm Dave in Cleveland:

This show has the worst possible time slot and it's killing me!!
Avatar    Sat. 5/23/15 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Great show again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/23/15 9:18pm Ike:

Cool stuff, Rob.
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