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Saturday, July 30, 2016 Options
Democratoz - Powerful roots, rock and rai tinged reggae from Algeria

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Democratoz - photo by Achraf Tello, courtesy of Center Stage

Dynamic Algerian seven-piece Democratoz, from Oran, the country's cultural capital, is at its essence a reggae band. But their music draws on elements of Oran's famous rai music as well as other pop and traditional styles from the Maghreb, sub-Saharan African music, rock, and more. They're also inspired by classic reggae's (often) socially conscious lyrical spirit.

Democratoz wraps up their first US tour, supported by NEFA and the US State Department's cultural exchange initiative Center Stage, with several dates in California through August 5th. And they make their first-ever full-band radio appearance right here on WFMU!

Big thanks to tour manager Theresa Teague, Robert W. Henderson for tour production assistance, Deirdre Valente and Lisa Booth of Lisa Booth Managment, and of course to our illustrious engineer, Mark Koch,

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis: Oulden Oida (I Know Nothing) Options / NYN / Riverboat / * (0:00:00 )

Cahit Oben: Sey Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon: Türk Müziğinin Miladı, 56 Unutulmaz Eser / Doğan Music Company (0:05:41 )

Adnan Othman & the Rhythm Boys: Budi Bahasa Options / Bershukor: A Retrospective Of Hits By A Malaysian Pop Yeh Yeh Legend / Sublime Frequencies / * (0:08:20 )

Sroeng Santi : Mao Chon Nuek Mai Ok Options (0:10:15 )

The Wailers: Put It On Options / The Wailing Wailers / Studio One / * (0:16:30 )

Busty & Cool: What a World Options / Various Artists: Coxsone's Music: The First Recordings Of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat 1960-62 / Soul Jazz (0:18:57 )

Cuban Marimba Band: Beberu Options / Various Artists: The Tanzania Sound / Original Music (0:21:34 )

Pierre Bakia: Gitari Na Congo Options / Various Artists; Congo Traditional 1952 & 1957 / SWP / * (0:24:07 )
Zandi Musician on Kundi Harp

Osei Korankye: Besu Options / Seperewa of Ghana: Emmere Nhyina Nse / Akwaaba Music (0:26:41 )

Krar Collective: Tizita Options / Ethiopia Super Krar / Riverboat (0:35:39 )

Beti Kamanga: Dale Wangu Ukamunyenga Masotho Options / Various Artists: Malawi Grooves 1950, '57, '58 (LP Version) / SWP / * (0:38:55 )

Kende Soloist: Mbile Options / Various Artists: African Gems / SWP (0:42:25 )

Konono N°1 and Batida: Nlele Kalusimbiko Options / Konono N°1 Meets Batida / Crammed Discs / * (0:49:13 )

Democratoz: Pollution (Live on WFMU) Options (0:59:14 )

Democratoz: Interview Options (1:05:06 )

Democratoz: Impossible (Live on WFMU) Options (1:14:00 )

Democratoz: Look What They've Done To Us (Live on WFMU) Options (1:22:37 )

Democratoz: Come and Ask My Aunt for Marriage (Live on WFMU) Options (1:28:45 )

Democratoz: Grand-père (Live on WFMU) Options (1:35:20 )

Democratoz: Douniya (Live on WFMU) Options (1:43:51 )

Paris to Kyiv: Call Options / Fragmenti Remixes / Balanced / * (1:51:32 )

Mahmoud Ahmed with Invisible System: Melkam Kehonelish (If That's What You Want) Options / Punt: Made in Ethiopia (1:57:41 )
GIG: Oct 22 (Sat) Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium, 881 7th Ave: Mahmoud Ahmed. 8 pm. For 50 years Mahmoud Ahmed has deftly combined the traditional Amharic music of Ethiopia with pop and jazz, yielding some of the most adventurous, passionate, ear-opening, downright surrealistic sounds. Undeniably Ethiopia’s most famous singer of its golden era (circa late 60s / early 70s), still going strong today.

Zmei3: Aș Munci la Plug și coasă Options / Rough Romanian Soul / Six Degrees / * (2:01:17 )
Originally by Romica Puceanu

Slavic Soul Party: Depk Options / Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite / Ropeadope (2:05:24 )

De Jongens Driest Brassband: Jazz Cocek Options / In Full Colour (2:11:20 )

Eyon'le Brass Band: Halaja Options / Empreinte du Pere (2:18:17 )

Cabruera: Erectos Cactos Options / Various Artists: Brazil Classics 7: What's Happening in Pernambuco, New Sounds of the Brazilian Northeast / Luaka Bop (2:29:15 )
GIG: Aug 6 (Sat) Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, 72 St. (mid-park): Monobloco + Cabruêra + Boogarins + DJ Luiz Santos (show is part of the Brasil Summerfest multi-venue series)

Satanic Samba Trio: Forro Matta Options / Bad Triptych (2:32:41 )

Sociedade Recreativa: Xote Natural Options / Sociedade Recreativa (2:35:07 )

Chancha Via Circuito (ft. Miriam Garcia): Coplita Options / Amansará / Wonderwheel (2:40:22 )

Balvina Ramos and Gaby Kerpel: Huella Huellita Options / Tira Torito / Folklore (2:43:29 )

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/30/16 6:08pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
  Sat. 7/30/16 6:12pm Lygia:

Good afternoon! Apologies in advance for the naive question, but how come we listen to some greek contemporary music every Saturday? I just noticed and I find it very pleasantly surprising!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 6:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Loving this 'Bodega Pop'-ish opening set :)
...but then this program always delivers...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/30/16 6:16pm Bas NL:

Because Greek music of any era is way cool, @Lygia!
  Sat. 7/30/16 6:18pm Lygia:

Dear @Bas NL, there is some really bad greek music out there...... I wish you never have to be acquainted with it :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/30/16 6:21pm Bas NL:

Hi Lygia! I hope so very much! But i've seen dozens of only great Greek music live acts and i have quite a nice collection at home! ;)
  Sat. 7/30/16 6:33pm Lygia:

Sounds like you know more than I do! enjoy the show
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 6:34pm Rob W:

Hi Lygia - it's a bit of an accident - I kicked off with the new album by Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis the past couple of weeks, I'm a little partial to them (they were guests on my show in a session recorded when I attended the WOMEX world music conference in Thessaloniki a few years ago) but I don't do that every week! I hope you liked it. Greetings Bas and everyone...
  Sat. 7/30/16 6:55pm Lygia:

Hi! Yes, that was obviously a positive comment, and also a reminder that we are here listening to your show. Thank you for the music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 6:59pm Rob W:

Thanks Lygia and thanks everyone for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/30/16 7:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Democratoz!! Great set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 8:10pm Linda Lee:

you're saving my night with this music Rob! delicious. thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 8:15pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda Lee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 8:15pm Folsom:

This Slavic Soul Party is really good.
  Sat. 7/30/16 8:27pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Trans-Pacificers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 8:54pm Linda Lee:

oh my. non stop gorgeous music. lovely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/30/16 8:55pm Linda Lee:

loved the Balvina Ramos / Gaby Kerpel track. haunting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/30/16 8:58pm Bas NL:

Only the best on TSP! Thanks Rob, great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/30/16 8:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Fun show tonight. Thanks, Rob.
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