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Saturday, January 28, 2017 Options
The Seven Countries

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

The following message is being circulated on Facebook (original post here),
from Matthew Covey, directory of Tamizdat (a non-profit musical / cultural exchange organization that among other things has a service to provide visa service for international musicians coming to the US):
U.S. ARTS PRESENTERS: If you have a currently booked performance with a performing artist from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan or Yemen, please send an email with the information about the performance to matthew (at) tamizdat (dot) org. We are trying to document the immediate impact denying entry to individuals from these countries would have on cultural programming. Please indicate whether the booking can be shared with the public or not. (IMPORTANT: Information will be confidential unless you indicate otherwise, but, alas, will NOT be protected by attorney client privilege). PLEASE COPY AND REPOST.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Azita: Tezareh Options / Various Artists: Zendooni: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation / Pharaway Sounds (0:00:00 )

Shahrokh: Koolehbaar Options / Various Artists: Sedayeh Del: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop From the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation / Pharaway Sounds (0:06:39 )

Farrokzhad: Avazekhan Na Avaz Options / Various Artists: Sedayeh Del: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop From the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation / Pharaway Sounds (0:08:27 )

Shego Band : Juba Aaka Options / Kabeebey / MCM Entertainment (0:12:29 )
(Somalia, via Canada)

Alsarah and the Nubatones: 3Roos Elneel (Bride of the Nile) Options / Manara / Wonderwheel Recordings / * (0:23:45 )
GIG: Feb 2 (Thurs) BRIC House TV Studio, 647 Fulton St: Alsarah and the Nubatones - performance and interview. 7:30 pm seating, doors close 7:45, taping 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Free admission but you must be there before 7:45 to gain admission!

Refugees For Refugees (Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Tibet via Belgium) featuring Fakher Madallal (Syria): Fawq Alna Khel Options / Amerli / MuziekPublique / * (0:29:16 )

Ibrahim Rahim and Iraqi Ensemble for Traditional Music: Mawwal Options / Iraq - Traditional Rhythmic Structures / UNESCO/Auvidis (0:33:54 )

Hanan Blublu: b2 Options / Cassette (0:39:16 )

Abdel Gadir Salim All-Stars: Sudani Options / The Merdoum Kings Play Songs of Love / Shanachie (0:41:09 )

The Kamkars: Dekay Ambar, Dekay Auber Options / Nightingale With A Broken Wing / Real World (0:52:32 )

Saied Shanbehzadeh: Hajiuni Choupi Chaki Options / Iran: Musiques du Golfe Persique / Buda Musique (0:55:08 )
Iran (via France)

Waza Trumpet Ensemble: The Woman Slept on an Old, Dirty Mat Options / Blue Nile - Sudan / Wergo (1:04:26 )

Kuusow: Muumina Options / Various Artists: Jamila - Songs From a Somali City / Original Music (1:07:41 )

Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2001 Options / Highway to Hassake: Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria (1:09:31 )
GIG: May 11 (Thurs) Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St: Omar Souleyman. However, the Syrian visa ban is indefinite so unless he no longer has a Syrian passport, Souleyman may not be allowed to enter the country. As of today this show is listed on the venue website - arts presenters are scrambling to figure out how to handle this situation.

Abu Wafsi: Deg Deg Degdaglo Options / Various Artists: Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran / Shams (1:32:49 )

Rizan Said: When Vans Turn Into Clubs Options / King of Keyboard / Annihaya (1:21:09 )

Googoosh: Pishkesh Options / Googoosh / Finders Keepers (1:31:55 )

Sajida Obeid: Mesafrah (Traveler) Options / Various Artists: Choubi Choubi 2 / Sublime Frequencies (1:35:31 )

Waaberi: Rog Rogosho (Changing) Options / New Dawn / Real World (1:39:30 )

Abdel Karim el Kably: El Jamil el Fik Options / Sudan: The Music and Songs of Abdel Karim el Kably / Afrotone (1:44:58 )

Kawaabani Brothers: Wa Seed Ana Lak Min Al Khodan Options / Music from Yemen Arabia / Rounder Select (1:50:06 )
Recordings by Ragnar Johnson with Jessica Mayer in Taez, north Yemen, 1973 (song repertoire from Sanaa, Lahej and Aden, Yemen)

Shahram Nazeri, Daiush Tala'i and Bijan Kamkar: Bobo (Kurdish folk song) Options / Iran: Les Maitres de la Musique traditionnelle / Ocora (1:57:25 )

Yahya Arouma: Taba'an Liqa (It Was Nice to Meet) Options / The Music of Islam Volume 11: Music of Yemen / Celestial Harmonies (2:10:07 )

Mohammed Bin Shamikh: Tarhib Options / Yemen - Chants du Hadramawt / UNESCO/Auvidis (2:14:12 )

Majid Kiani: Avaz Dashti Options / Grands Maitres Du Santur / Auvidis (2:17:58 )

Iraqi Traditional Group - : Bedouin song Options / Music of Iraq / King Records (2:23:54 )

Ibrahim Muslimani and Singers: Fasel Al Sawi Options / Nawa ‎– Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs From Aleppo / Lost Origin Sound Series (2:25:00 )

Maryam Mursal: Nin Hun (Bad Man) Options / The Journey / Real World (2:30:17 )

Abdel Aziz El Mubarak: Tahrimni Minnak Options / Tahrimni Minnak / GlobeStyle (2:35:50 )

Shohreh: Del Options / Various Artists: Persian Funk / Secret Stash (2:41:13 )

Ja'afar Hassan: Palestinian Options / Various Artists: Choubi Choubi! Folk & Pop Songs from Iraq, Volume 1 / Sublime Frequencies (2:43:42 )

Raja Ali: Hom Bel Hawa Ya Nas Walaoni (They Made Me Fond of Love) Options / Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen / Parlortone (2:45:54 )

Ibn Thabit: Al-So'aal (The Question) Options / Various Artists: Khalas Mixtape 1: Mish B3eed (2:55:40 )

Dur-Dur Band: Dooyo Options / Volume 5 / Awesome Tapes From Africa (2:58:21 )


Listener comments!

  Sat. 1/28/17 6:05pm ?:

What about that Trans-Pacific Partnership, comrade?
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:07pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Paradisians.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:07pm whatever:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:08pm Undead83:

Great show ^^
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:11pm Barba Yiorgi:

As soon as I heard that Iranian funk cut, I sussed out what the theme of the show was likely to be unite, bravo!
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:19pm ?:

Unite? Leave the corners of the fields of plenty for the needy, Israel and America,
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:21pm JakeGould:

What do Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen have in common? None of them have any connection to Trump’s business interests. “Not a single American was killed on U.S. soil by citizens from any of those countries between 1975 and 2015…”
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:22pm rascal yammers:

Thank You
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:22pm sandy:

Sending you all love from Toronto, Canada. Thank you, Rob, for doing the show for us today. xoxo
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

You're fighting the Good Fight, Rob. & you always do - by bridging Cultures, showcasing Humanity, & helping to neutralize Xenophobia.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:23pm ?:

We pray for peace in Jerusalem
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:24pm djsheilab:

Hi Rob: Just wanted to check in and say I share your heart break. And please do talk about this! I and so many others appreciate you doing so. I'm an Iranian-German with a US greencard and I am terrified.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:24pm Woodie Guthrie's Guitar:

Thank you for speaking out with such honesty, Rob. My heart is breaking too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:24pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:24pm stephanie monseu:

thank you for your honesty, for your open heart, and for the soulful connection you make between us and the world... music and art are the unbreakable bond between cultures. thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:26pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for bringing attention to the situation, Rob. It's truly a shameful state of affairs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:28pm Dave in Vermont:

this is a video of the ongoing protest
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:29pm katie:

@Revolution rabbit - I second your comment. And thank you Bas and the Netherlands for your sanity in picking up some of the global women's healthcare that we are now gutting. I'm sure you'll soon be banned from our shores for it.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:29pm James:

There's also a protest happening at Newark Terminal B - info on the Make the Road NJ Facebook page
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:30pm JakeGould:

@djsheilab: To be fair, your deep knowledge of 1960s girl pop really threatens the American-based doo wop nostalgia industry so hey…

But seriously, fuck this ban crap. I had 2-3 hours of sleep this past Wednesday when I decided to go to the protest the then proposed ban in Washington Square Park after work. But it was worth it. Now we’re in this crazyland already?
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:31pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Rob thank you so much for your thoughtful shows. I loved last weeks show too. Just tuned in and you are uplifting as usual.
Avatar Sat. 1/28/17 6:31pm Dave:

Rob, your words made me smile and tear. thanks for bringing out compassion even in these darkest times. As a radio person myself, it is hard to continue bringing out music without conceptualizing and discussing the darkness the world also faces. Thank you for doing so and for inspiring me to do the same. Tried to call and give thanks, but understandably the lines are busy. Solidarity!
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:32pm ?:

Nehemiah kn*w,
get a clue too, most honorable J*w.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:32pm maestroso:

Rob: Sharing your heartbreak as well. I can't believe it has come to this. Thanks for sharing this wonderful music. Sending out love to you and djsheilab.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:33pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The Facebook video worked for me for a few minutes, but died moments ago. Anyone else have it fail as well?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:33pm Bas NL:

@Katie That was a great move by our minister Ploumen! Big cheers when i read it..
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:36pm Lonnie, son of Marvin:

Get enough snowflakes together and you have an avalanche.
Avatar Sat. 1/28/17 6:38pm Dave:

  Sat. 1/28/17 6:40pm Carmichael:

I am born and raised in Ireland. Will I be deported? They'd have to close down lots of bars to do that. Sheila B, it will take years of litigation before anyone is deported. By then, Trump will fade from memory like the Nehru jacket.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:40pm Barba Yiorgi:

What I posted was: "As soon as I heard that Iranian funk cut, I sussed out what the theme of the show was likely to be 2nite, bravo!" (spellcheck mangled part of t) Bravo also to your spoken words. Please keep it up. much appreciated. This is not the time for silence.
Avatar Sat. 1/28/17 6:41pm Dave:

Rob, cowards hide their faces until they are a mob hiding in the shadows. Ignore the trolls.

Come out cowards. Show your beautiful faces and speak freely as you wish. I am sure the world would love to listen as much as see who you truly are :)
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:42pm ?:

America, we have much to learn from our Israeli brothers, God's chosen.
Out in the open, in the light.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:42pm JakeGould:

@Carmichael: You realize they are detaining green card holders from that list of countries if they come back to the U.S. right now? That is why there are protests at JFK right now.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:43pm Carmichael:

The real victim of this election is civility. No more talking, just lots of yelling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:43pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Enuff of Immigrants w/ possible dangerous intent: Send everybody back but the Arapaho, the Cherokee, the Sioux. That would leave our troll...& his family, & all his Conservative friends here - I'm sure...though I'm sure some of them are good people...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:44pm JakeGould:

For the record, none of the 9/11 hijackers came from the countries on that horseshit list.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:44pm Carmichael:

I know now Jake, thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:46pm JakeGould:

@Carmichael: No problem! Peace! More details here, “Today, reports are coming in that refugees are being detained at airports after landing, travelers from the listed countries are not being allowed to board flights to America and that the order even extends to people from the banned countries who already hold green cards.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'Trump' - an English word w/ a distinct meaning - isn't their real name - it's Drumpf. & They're Immigrants. & so is his wife, who worked here illegally.
- & now you're a Music Critic, qualified to critique Rob's curation & presentation. We think he's pretty good, actually.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:51pm ?:

thank you Rob, you don't censor your commenters
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:51pm Carmichael:

I hope plan B isn't turntable 2 ....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:'s called an ad hominem attack: forget the topic - assault the person. You don't like it - but you stay.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:56pm Lonnie, son of Marvin:

Google is your friend -
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 6:56pm Asheville Jon:

  Sat. 1/28/17 6:57pm tim from champaign:

Great show tonight. Glad to hear sonic solidarity with Middle Eastern people.
  Sat. 1/28/17 6:58pm Carmichael:

He he ... poof is right! Next time, have something meaningful to contribute.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:06pm Asheville Jon:

time to shut the message board down
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:06pm Ike:

Holy shmow, some wingding biz up in heres! Good to see y'all making it lit up! Usually this comment section is (unjustifiably) snorestown.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:07pm Rob W:

@Asheville Jon - we're getting close. Never had to do that before...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:07pm Asheville Jon:

have y'all watched this? it's pretty great
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:08pm Asheville Jon:

well Rob, the guy keeps popping up (not just here). it's a bit much.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. Don't let trolls win.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:09pm Ike:

(And of course by "lit up" I mean all these constructive & positive responses to bile-spewing rage-a-holinks.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:14pm katie:

NYC yellow cabs are boycotting JFK and released a statement in support of immigrants and against Trump's ban. Makes me want to start taking taxis everywhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 7:16pm Rob W:

Huzzah for the Yellow Cab drivers!
  Sat. 1/28/17 7:22pm tinkle bear:

These aren't my own words. But I'll leave them here:

"It is critical to recognize and fight against the unique elements of Trump's extremism, but also to acknowledge that a substantial portion of it has roots in political and cultural developments that long precede him. Immigration horror stories, including families being torn apart, are nothing new. As ABC News noted last August, 'The Obama administration has deported more people than any other president's administration in history. In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.'"
  Sat. 1/28/17 7:27pm ddooly:

thank you for tonight's show
  Sat. 1/28/17 7:34pm tinkle bear:

something else the seven countries have in common:
  Sat. 1/28/17 7:55pm Sam:

Hi Rob, the show is wonderful as usual! To add to the info about the protests at JFK and Newark Airports, evidently the NY taxi union is stopping pick-up and drop-off at that airport. And the Working Families Party has people at JFK who are saying they will stay until the people detained there are released. The more the merrier at the protest!
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:06pm Carmichael:

@tinklebear, the difference of course is that Obama never acted on that list during his 8 years in office. Trump acted in 7 days. If you think it was necessary, please state as much and quit apologizing.
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:09pm S & T (in LA):

Thanks for another great show & keeping us up to date on East Coast reaction to the refugee crisis
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:15pm Marie:

Good point RRN.One of the potentially scarier points to me is
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:23pm tortugatara:

thanks so much for this program tonight, it means a lot - beautiful sounds
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:30pm tinkle bear:

Carmichael: Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act which, as Sarah Harvard's article explains, "improved" the Visa Waiver program by denying visa waivers to foreign travelers and dual citizens as follows:

"At the initial signing of the restrictions, foreigners who would normally be deemed eligible for a visa waiver were denied if they had visited Iran, Syria, Sudan or Iraq in the past five years or held dual citizenship from one of those countries.

"In February 2016, the Obama administration added Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list of countries one could not have visited — but allowed dual citizens of those countries who had not traveled there access to the Visa Waiver Program. Dual citizens of Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Iran are still ineligible, however."
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:31pm Glenn J.:

Really enjoying the music this evening. Thank you.
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:35pm Carmichael:

So, what is your point? That Trump isn't such a bad guy after all? That he's just following in the footsteps of Obama? That it's what America wants? Again, please state your point and quit apologizing for our present POTUS.
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:39pm tinkle bear:

Carmichael: You may want to consider the possibility that people who state facts that do not reflect well on politicians you favor are not necessarily fans of politicians you despise.
Also, enjoy the show. (Thanks, Rob!)
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:52pm Carmichael:

Good Lord, you're simply a waste of time. You throw out reams of data for no apparent reason. Apparently you have no political stance at all, rather a "know it all" persona with no direction.
  Sat. 1/28/17 8:58pm asheville jon:

Yay politics! (Insert rolling eyes here)

Thanks for a real nice show Rob
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/28/17 8:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the nice sounds tonight, Rob. I hope next week brings us better times in this world.
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