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Saturday, November 12, 2016 Options
El Foukr R'Assembly: North Africa meets West Africa +
Weekend Pledge Drive

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El Foukr R'Assembly is a cross-cultural collaboration between musicians from Algeria and various countries in sub-Saharan West Africa, spearheaded by Algerian filmmaker Oualid Khelifi. The vibrant band aims to close the cultural divide between two very different parts of Africa.

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineers, Manny Yupa and Jake Brown!

The band’s new EP Look South is out now. In his very positive review of the new release, Afropop Worldwide’s Banning Eyre says: “El Foukr R’Assembly is a rarity among North African bands in that they really take their “Africanness” seriously. Where many in this part of the continent identify more with their Arabian than their sub-Saharan neighbors, this group has shown deep fascination with music and culture to the south. Hence the title of this impressive six-song EP.”

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We’re pitching tonight because our ‘silent’ Marathon didn’t quite reach its goal in silent mode. So we’re opening our mouths a bit more this weekend in order to reach an important budget baseline. Click on the pledge box atop this page or here to donate to WFMU.

We are also GIVING AWAY two pairs of tickets to see FELA! The Concert: A celebration of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, featuring a 10-piece Afrobeat band and cast members of the original Tony-winning Broadway show Fela. The concert is Wednesday Night, November 16th at 7:30 pm at NJPAC, 1 Center St in downtown Newark. Concert info:

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets (two pairs are available), Email me, Rob W, here and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. You don't have to pledge to enter the ticket giveaway drawing, but I hope you will!

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But we’re giving away a lot more tonight aside from the Fela tickets: If you pledge there’s also lots of swag to choose from as thank-you gifts, including my custom cd Transpacific Sound Paradise presents Electro-Planet: from Turkish psych to Balkan beats, Thai mor lam to Ethiopian grooves, global traditions amped up for the modern world.

Or if you have it already, you can choose another FMU DJ cd - see the full selection at We also have great new t-shirts available, and a fabulous hoodie, and lots more. You can you can peruse all fabulous swag on offer station-wide at various pledge levels - our beautiful new t-shirt, hoodie, sticker and more - at

And don’t forget to enter your pet (real or imaginary) into our mascot contest!

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Khana Phloenphil: Molamsing Waichap Chul Options / Molamsing Waichap Chul / RS (0:00:00 )

Sonthaya Kalasin: Lam Phloen Hard Options / Lam Phloen Grade A Guy / Em / * (0:05:58 )

Angkanang Kunchai: Lam Toei Myanmar Options / Never Forget Me / Em / * (0:07:52 )

Trebunie Tutki with Twinkle Brothers: Going to the Village Options / Higher Heights: Twinkle Inna Polish Stylee / Twinkle Music (0:14:47 )

Yishak Banjaw: Libey Ma'Aduley Options / Love Songs Vol. 2 / Teranga Beat / * (0:15:53 )

Kikusuimaru with Sangeeta and Roop Lal: Tayori Nishite Masse Options / Hore Hore Hare Hare / King (0:28:35 )

Rinkenband with 3 Mustaphas 3: Nenjyukuduchi Options / Rikka / Rinken Records (0:30:25 )

Jesus Army Gospel Band: Toteleni Options / Toteleni / Jesus Army Gospel Band (0:33:24 )

Claudio: Raphael Zougadeur Options / Various Artists: Soul Sega Sa ! Indian Ocean Segas From The 70's / FolkWelt / * (0:52:13 )

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou : Finlin Ho Options / Madjafalao / Because Music / * (0:55:26 )

El Foukr R'Assembly Live: Live on WFMU Options / Unreleased / N/A (1:12:06 )

Hanggai: Dorov Morlaril Options / He Who Travels Far / Four Quarters Entertainment (2:39:57 )
Also on my Premium CD ($75 Pledge Level) - Electro-Planet - traditional songs amped up for the modern era

Saor Patrol: Wee Jigs Options / Two Headed Dog: Duncarron Electric / ARC Music (2:44:12 )
This too is on my Premium CD ($75 Pledge Level) - Electro-Planet

Kalascima: Mary di Salem Options / Psychedelic Trance Tarantella / Ponderosa (2:46:57 )
And this too is on my Premium CD ($75 Pledge Level) - Electro-Planet

Värttinä: Seelinnikoi Options / Seleniko / Spirit (2:54:12 )
One last track from my Premium CD ($75 Pledge Level) - Electro-Planet

Tuletaar: Odotan Options / Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal / Bafe's Factory / * (2:55:03 )

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Email here to JOIN the TSP E-MAIL LIST for giveaways, show news!

If you want to be on an email list for special ticket and music giveaways and to hear news about upcoming specials and special events (including our remote broadcasts from Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn - send an email to Rob W here and be sure to write "list" in the subject line.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 6:07pm common:

very good
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 6:08pm DanH:

Hi Meghan, glad you're back on the air. Quick, trick Rob to leaving the studio so you can lock him out and take over.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 6:09pm Meghan:

good evening all! Let's start the show of right! Pledge now to help the station!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 6:15pm Folsom:

How about a Rob/Meghan show for the 6-9 slot?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 6:24pm Meghan:

We take over the morning slot! yeah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 6:26pm Folsom:

I'm thinking if Rob/Meghan takes over the 6-9 slot and gets a lot of followers, they can do a Jonesy and get a pay increase!
  Sat. 11/12/16 6:28pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Meghan. Ears on, California!
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 6:33pm maestroso:

Hi Rob, Hi Meghan! Love this Okinawan sound.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 6:35pm Meghan:

How is everyone this evening?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 6:42pm Folsom:

The 6-9 show is supposed to be called Wake and Bake, that's Rob and Meghan!
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 6:50pm

Ken said he used to not like cats, I think. But he now has one and loves them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 6:52pm Meghan:

he does have a cat.... but dogs still rule in that house
  Sat. 11/12/16 6:59pm Carmichael:

Nice fuzz guitar. Who's that lady?
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 7:06pm

(Was gonna post this on Dave Hill's chatbd) Author Alex Shakar had this in a novel, "The savage girl", paraphrased, "people get dogs to receive the love that their children never give them. People get cats to give the love that they cant show to their parents." --- I've written this 2,3x on wfmu: Nachum's leaving? Ach, he's dead to me. (Joke!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 7:09pm Meghan:

Yes! No more Nachum! No more JM in the AM! I legacy will be going off on his own and it's a great opportunity for us to be able to really spread our freeform wings. Help us spread those wings!!!
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 7:28pm maestroso:

Oh man, this Poly-Rythmo is brilliant.
  Sat. 11/12/16 7:29pm wild neil:

peace. wow this really rowdy stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 7:41pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Bon soir, Rob & Meghan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 7:43pm Folsom:

With all this pet talk, i put in a Bosco memorial pledge for Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 7:45pm Meghan:

awwwww my man..... saw a dog like him today and my heart broke a little....
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 8:14pm Ike:

Hey, you mentioned Bojack Horseman! Bojack Horseman is hilarious, though it takes a couple of episodes to get really interesting.
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:16pm Rob W:

Yes Ike, we agree, you have to give Bojack Horseman a little time!
  Sat. 11/12/16 8:23pm Carmichael:

I just got turned onto Stranger Things on Netflix. Very Twin Peaks ish.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 8:23pm Meghan:

Station has made it to the 95% mark! Help us get Rob to the 75% mark! only 5% left to go until you don't have to hear us begging for your donations!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 8:24pm Meghan:

Stranger things was a great show. Netfilx has really been putting up some great shows
  Sat. 11/12/16 8:29pm Carmichael:

Boy, I just thought of Mdou Moctor here.
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:30pm Bas NL:

Great sounds by El Foukr R'Assembly! Thanks!
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:41pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas and everyone!
  Sat. 11/12/16 8:46pm Carmichael:

Excellent, "Saor" patrol!
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:48pm JakeGould:

Hello people!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 8:49pm Meghan:

Hello Jake!
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:51pm JakeGould:

Actually went to today’s protest at the Trump Tower. Very surreal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/12/16 8:52pm Meghan:

it's all so surreal
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:56pm maestroso:

Love the Varttina
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 8:57pm Ike:

@Jake, what time was that? I missed it. Got there way too late. Hardly anybody there.
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:57pm JakeGould:

@Meghan: Indeed! But the NYPD were nice and even overheard one cop say that this was different than other protests to him since people were being nice to him.
Avatar    Sat. 11/12/16 8:58pm JakeGould:

@Ike: Around 4:00pm or so. Just around sunset since it was light when I got there but dark when I left.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/12/16 9:03pm Ike:

Oh shit, I just missed it. Was it that tower at Columbus Circle? I can't keep all his dumb buildings straight.
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