Back to Transpacific Sound Paradise Playlist index
Transpacific Sound Paradise Main Page:
Contact Rob Weisberg by sending him e-mail.
Rob Weisberg's avatar View Rob Weisberg's profile Options

Saturdays 6 - 9pm (EST) | On WFMU (Info) | 91.1, 90.1, 91.9 FM &
WFMU LIVE Audio Streams (Get help):   Pop-up  |  128k AAC  |  128k MP3  |  32k MP3  |  32k Windows

Transpacific Sound Paradise Options
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Options
Riyaaz Qawwali interview: Sufi qawwali music and more, from the Lone Star State

Hear this show now: | Add or read comments

You may know the late great Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose ecstatic Sufi qawwali music broke through to international audiences. That success paved the way for other qawwali artists from South Asia to go global.

But now there is a top-notch qawwali ensemble right here in the US: Houston-based Riyaaz Qawwali, who are in town to play tomorrow - Sunday night April 30th at 7 - at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn as part of the weekend-long World In Trance Festival. (Niyaz, from Canada via Iran, plays the festival at Roulette tonight at 8.)

Riyaaz, with two albums out - Ishq and Kashti - has an emigre twist: While much of the material is based in Sufi mysticism, this multi-cultural group - with members from several countries - incorporate Hindu, Sikh and other themes as well. We'll learn about that and more on this week's show!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *



* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

To get in the running for a pair of tickets to any of these events: Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second and even third choice among the three events available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight for Omar Souleyman and Sunday at midnight for the Penn World Voices events. Winners will be notified on Monday. Thanks and good luck!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

We have these ticket giveaways on offer today:

Omar Souleyman performing dynamic modern dabke and baladi dance music from Syria at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., Thursday May 11th at 7:30 pm. Presented in conjunction with the World Music Institute. 1 pair available.

Concert info c/o Le Poisson Rouge here.

More info on the World Music Institute’s excellent ongoing series of international concerts around NYC at

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


This week’s Penn World Voices Festival, which in full runs from Sunday April 30th through Sunday May 7th: Tickets for two events on offer:

Cuban Dreams/Cuban Histories at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West (enter at 81st St.), Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm. Two pairs of tickets available.

Background: Explore mythologies and lived experiences of Cubans with renowned contemporary poets Nancy Morejón and Derek Palacio, while immersing yourself in an after-hours discovery of the Museum’s exhibition ¡Cuba!. Moderated by Ana Luz Porzecanski.

Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi at Dixon Place, 161 A Chrystie St. in the Lower East Side, Saturday, May 6th at 7:30 pm. Four pairs of tickets available.

Background: Poetic battles, called Sheyr Jangi in Afghanistan, has roots in the early medieval Central Asian Courts. For this event, we pay homage to this tradition—but with a twist. Our “deck” of poems will be based on the theme of Gender and Power, and with the audience’s help, we invite poets to duel. With Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Purvi Shah. Moderated by Sahar Muradi and Zohra Saed and produced with CityLore and Ping Chong + Company.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

To get in the running for a pair of tickets to any of these events: Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second and even third choice among the three events available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight for Omar Souleyman and Sunday at midnight for the Penn World Voices events. Winners will be notified on Monday. Thanks and good luck!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

More on the Penn World Voices Festival: Founded in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S. and the world, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in America, and the only one in the world with a human rights focus. More info at

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

More on Omar Souleyman: Hailing from Syria, Omar Souleyman has become a worldwide sensation in modern world and electronic music circles. Souleyman, who has collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, began his career as a prolific wedding singer, releasing nearly 500 live albums before civil war broke out in his native Syria in 2011. He then moved to Turkey and in 2013 released Wenu Wenu which NPR called, “…a jam so visceral, thrilling and intense as to make the mysterious matter of earthly borders seem hardly worth the time to contemplate.” Souleyman’s new album, To Syria, With Love, is set for release June 2 via Mad Decent. The follow up to 2015’s Bahdeni Nami marks Souleyman’s third full-length studio record. More at

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Mexrissey: International Playgirl (The Last Of The Famous International Playboys) Options / No Manchester / Nacional (0:00:00 )
GIG: May 4-5 (Thurs-Fri) Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg: Mexrissey. 8 pm. La Misa Negra open Thursday, Los Crema Paraiso open Friday.

Willie Rosario: Shining Knight Options / Various Artists: Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous in Young Nuyorica / Honest Jons (0:04:09 )

Pete Rodriguez: I Like it Like That Options / I Like It Like That (A Mi Me Gusta Asi) / Allegre (0:08:12 )

Los 300: What a Girl Options / The Fighting Kangaroo / * (0:12:35 )

Star No. 1: Yaye Boy Options / Various Artists: Senegal Flash - Kaolack (0:15:51 )

Eddie Palmieri: Bomba del Corazon Options / A Man And His Music - The Sun Of Latin Music / Fania (0:20:57 )
GIG: Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St: Eddie Palmieri Quintet: Una Noche del Son Cubano with Special Invited Guest Nelson Gonzalez: 8 and 10 pm sets. Rene Lopez, Recording Producer & Musical Historian gives a Pre-Concert Lecture.

Idrissa Soumaoro et L'Eclipse De L'Ija: Djama Options / Le Tioko-Tioko / Mississippi / * (0:29:05 )
New reissue

Ouedraogo Youssef: He Ya Wannan Options / Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé - Belle Époque In Upper Volta / Numero Group (0:34:10 )

Mokoomba: Mokole Options / Luyando / Out Here / * (0:44:43 )
GIG: Wednesday night at 7:30 and 9:30 at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St.

Angelique Kidjo: Koro Koro Options / Fifa / Mango (0:48:52 )
GIG: Friday, May 5 at 8 at Carnegie Hall

Acid Arab: A3ssifa Options / Musique de France / Crammed Discs (0:52:32 )
Featuring Rizan Said, Omar Souleyman's Keyboardist - GIG - see our giveaway for their May 11th show at Le Poisson rouge on this page!

Omar Souleyman: Ya Bnayya Options / To Syria, With Love / Mad Decent / * (0:59:23 )
GIG / Giveaway: Thursday May 11th at 7:30 pm at Le Poisson Rouge - enter the drawing for a pair of tickets by following the instructions elsewhere on this page.

Metá Metá: Toque Certeiro Options / MM3 (1:06:16 )

Pedro Santos: Quem Sou Eu? Options / Krishnanda / Mr Bongo / * (1:10:06 )
Reissue, from 1968

Juana Molina: Estalaticas Options / Halo / Crammed Discs / * (1:11:56 )

Niyaz: Parishaan Options / Best of Niyaz / Six Degrees (1:16:50 )
GIG: Tonight at 8 at Roulette in Brooklyn

Riyaaz Qawwali: Tujhe Dekhen (When I Look At You) - Bahadur Shah Zafar Options / Ishq (1:39:19 )

Riyaaz Qawwali: Vaishnava Jana To Options / Kashti (2:02:38 )

Riyaaz Qawwali: Man Laagyo Options / Online only - (2:22:28 )

Riyaaz Qawwali: Ishq mujhko nahi Options / Online only - (2:30:08 )

Riyaaz Qawwali: Itna Bhi Karam Unka (Even This Small Gesture By You) Options / Ishq (2:40:46 )
GIG: Tomorrow Night at 8 at Roulette

Chartwell Dutiro and Spirit Talk Mbira: Zunde Options / Dendere Ngoma (2:55:46 )
GIGs - tomorrow night at House of Neoillusion, 63 N 3rd St No. 304, Tuesday night at Bar LunAtico, 486 Halsey St., Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and more, see

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

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.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 4/29/17 6:06pm liam in denmark:

Drums are sounding great
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:10pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:10pm Listener Robert:

Oh. I thought that number a few back was going to be the one that goes, "My love for you is stronger than dirt, stronger than stains, stronger than pain...."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:16pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:18pm annie:

actually listening in real time! hi rob..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:19pm Rob W:

Hi real-time annie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:33pm DMcK:

Always enjoyed Amadou & Mariam's take on this, but this is the first time I learned it's a cover!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:40pm Drunken Creep:

Sounding excellent as always!
  Sat. 4/29/17 6:41pm liam in denmark:

Great set, Rob! Loving it here trans Atlantic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:51pm Rob W:

Thanks for staying with us Liam, and thanks Drunekn Creep, and thanks very much DMcK for pointing out that reference - I will have to play the two versions back to back sometime!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 6:57pm βrian:

This playlist reads like a Dr. Bronner's soap bottle label. You could spend all night reading it ... in the bathroom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 7:01pm βrian:

Ooh,"Tthe qawwali goes in before the name goes on."

Love it.
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 7:04pm Listener Robert:

Yeah, Brian, Bronner's fights not only grease & grime, but also communism! But if you're referring to no. of linked items in the playlist frame, Mr. Weisberg's still got nothing on Mr. Shelley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 7:05pm Rob W:

Ah yes, good one, thanks βrian! As for my homespun playlist - I actually would like to change the template because I didn't cram in all this info when I started doing playlists online 17 or so years ago... but we're in a bit of playlist limbo right now. It doesn't really work for me to use the standard FMU playlist template and I can't create a new template right now, but hopefully within a few months...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 7:11pm βrian:

No doubt templates can be peculiar straightjackets.

Loving the music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 8:41pm Bas NL:

Thanks Riyaaz Qawwali! Very interesting session!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 8:54pm coelacanth∅:

Great stuff Rob!
-and just by the tail of the interview that i heard he seems like a genuinely good human being.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 8:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

An enjoyable and informative show once again. Thanks much, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/29/17 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Post a comment!
Email address
(optional, not public):
Your comment: (No HTML, please)

RSS feeds for Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg: RSSPlaylists feed | RSSMP3 archives feed

Back to Transpacific Sound Paradise Playlist index
Transpacific Sound Paradise Main Page: WFMU main page:
Contact Rob Weisberg by sending him e-mail.

Generated by KenzoDB, (C) 2000-2018 Ken Garson