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A Midsummer Night's World Musicky Radio Program

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We have one pair of tickets on offer for each of these concerts:

Maria Pomianowska / Voice of Suka
at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Amsterdam Ave. and 65th St., Tuesday, July 25th at 8 pm
This is the first night of the Lincoln Center Festival’s Nomadic Nights series, five consecutive evenings of transcendent music from around the world. Schedule and info at

Mbongwana Star
at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., Wednesday, July 26th at 8 pm
This concert is a co-production with OkayAfrica, whose aim is “to connect a global audience to the African continent through compelling content and high-profile cultural events”.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to either of these shows: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. Please let me know which show you’re interested in - or if you’d be interested in either show, let me know which is your first choice. The deadline to enter is TONIGHT, Saturday June 22nd at midnight NJ time. If you’re a winner I’ll let you know by Monday.

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About the performers:

Maria Pomianowska:

In the 1990s, based on only a few centuries-old images and texts, Polish musician and composer Maria Pomianowska painstakingly reconstructed the Biłgoraj suka, a lost medieval ancestor of the modern violin played with an unusual fingernail technique. Since then, she has been crafting a new repertoire for the instrument, blending the plaintive melodies of Polish folk music with the flavors she’s absorbed in her musical travels across North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. With earthy vocals and a small instrumental ensemble, she spins a hypnotic musical experience that invokes powerful ancient spirits. Maria Pomianowska is also a Professor at the Academy of Music in Cracow and director of the Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival. As a student at the Academy, she was granted scholarship to learn sarangi under the guidance of maestros Ustad Sabir Khan and P.Ram Narayan in India. Since 1984 she has studied the unique techniques of playing European and Asian instruments. She has traveled to India, China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East. In 1994 she worked with prof. Ewa Dahlig and luthier Andrzej Kuczkowski on a successful reconstruction of two Polish folk string instruments, which have not been preserved to present times ? Biłgoraj suka and Płock fiddle.

Mbongwana Star:

Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza first formed a band fifteen years ago, inspired by their love of Congolese rumba and its pantheon – Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau and Pépé Kallé. That band, Staff Benda Bilili, hit the big time: two major albums, a world tour and starring roles in the acclaimed film ‘Benda Bilili’. But the band collapsed under the weight of its own success. Coco and Theo then gathered up the necessary parts of a new band from the younger generation, crammed them together and started belting out a shambles under the name Mbongwana Star – ‘mbongwana’ meaning ‘change’. Then they met Liam Farrell, aka Doctor L, a maverick musician and producer on the Parisian hip-hop and electro scenes who produced Tony Allen’s ‘Black Voices’. Though he’d eventually play on and mix the album, Doctor L initially set out simply to record as much as he could, chipping away, paring down, honing. And the result? A fusion (‘too smooth and seamless a word for this angular hodgepodge’ according to The Guardian) of traditional Congolese rhythms with a big fistful of European post-punk bass and busted electronics. .

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to either of these shows: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. Please let me know which show you’re interested in - or if you’d be interested in either show, let me know which is your first choice. The deadline to enter is TONIGHT, Saturday June 22nd at midnight NJ time. If you’re a winner I’ll let you know by Monday.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Hanni El Khatib: Mangos and Rice Options / Savage Times / Innovative Leisure Records / * (0:00:00 )

Group Doueh & Cheveu: Azaouane Options / Dakhla Sahara Session / BornBad (0:03:16 )
GIGs: Group Doueh will be in the US fall including gigs at WFMU's Montgomery Hall (date TBA) as well as Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan (Sept 29th)

The Ex & Brass Unbound: Theme from Konono No. 2 Options / Enormous Door / Ex Records (0:06:15 )

Mulatu Astatqé: Yèkatit Options / Éthiopiques Volume 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974 / Buda Musique (0:13:22 )
GIG: Aug 20 (Sun) Central Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, 72nd St. Mid-Park: Mulatu Astatke / Emel Mathlouthi / Alsarah & the Nubatones / DJ Sirak 6-10 pm.

Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke: Wallel Beli Options / Ethio Stars | Tukul Band, Addis 1988 / Piranha / * (0:17:15 )
New version of album originally released by Piranha in 1992

Vieux Farka Touré : Bonheur Options / Samba / Six Degrees Records (0:26:16 )
GIG: July 27 (Thurs) Wagner Park, 75 Battery Place, Battery Park City: Vieux Farka Toure. 7 pm, free admission. Final of the four River and Blues festival free concerts at Wagner Park.

Les Ambassadeurs: M'Bouram-Mousso Options / Various Artists: The Original Sound of Mali / Mr Bongo / * (0:34:22 )

Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar: Youssou Options / Étoile de Dakar Volume 4 - Khaley Etoile / Sterns (0:41:01 )
GIG: Aug 12 (Sat) Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell, 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY: Youssou N’dour | Yacouba Sissoko 7:30 pm.

Orchestra Baobab: Magnokouto Options / Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng / World Circuit / * (0:50:00 )

Volta Jazz: Were Were Magni Options / Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta / Numero Group (0:54:55 )

Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevayorkino: Anabacoa Options / Concepts in Unity (0:59:24 )

Los Wembler's de Iquitos: Ikárame Options / Ikárame / Barbes / * (1:05:46 )
GIG: Oct 16 (Mon) Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn: Los Wemblers de Iquitos.

Agrupacion Ilegal Los Imparciales: Ni Chicha Ni Limonada Options / 7" / Names You Can Trust (1:09:20 )

Juaneco y su Combo: Caballito Nocturno Options / Masters of Chicha, Vol. 1 / Barbes (1:12:05 )

Meridian Brothers: Lamento Calavera Options / 7" / Names You Can Trust (1:14:33 )

Señor Coconut y Su Conjunto: Home Computer Options / El Baile Alemán / Emperor Norton (1:18:23 )

Mbongwana Star: Suzanna Options / From Kinshasa / World Circuit (1:32:11 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Wed night at Le Poisson Rouge. We have a pair of tickets available - instructions and link to enter the drawing elsewhere on this page.

Hezeh Ndung'u: Bilshiba Options (1:35:48 )
Akorino gospel music from Kenya

Adu Kwasi and his Sweet Sound Band: Ankonam Boafo Options / Dman Beye Yie / MOK (1:40:09 )

Eddy Gustave: Mon Nom Est Mazurka Options / Traditional y Original Music Madiana / Eddy'son Consortium Mondial (1:46:05 )

Lieve Hugo: Dree Watra Options / Wang Piepel, Wang Nation / EMI (1:51:43 )

Ibibio Sound Machine: Guide You (Edu Kpeme) Options / Uyai / Merge (1:55:58 )
GIG: Aug 2 (Wed) Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Bandshell, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza: Angelique Kidjo’s Remain in Light + Ibibio Sound Machine 7:30 pm

H'Sao: Baby Jolie Options / H'Sao (1:58:49 )
GIG: Friday night, Lincoln Center Festival at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Amsterdam Ave. and 65th St. (part of the Nomadic Nights: Music at the Crossroads Series)

Ghalia Benali & Mâäk: Skarera Options / MwSOUL / W.E.R.F. (2:02:02 )

Trad Attack!: Kabala Options / Kullakarva / Trad.Attack! Music / * (2:06:36 )

Hyväluoma Group: Bulgarian Punishment Options / Reflection / Lusti Music & Arts / * (2:14:53 )

Frigg : False Legenyes Options / Frost on Fiddles / Frigg / * (2:17:53 )

Trio Tekke & Dave De Rose: Look, It's Dawning Options / Zivo / * (2:21:10 )

Ulaş Özdemir: Hepsi Bir Dem Options / Traces of Âşik / * (2:25:58 )

Maria Pomianowska : Ocean Options / The Voice of Suka (2:33:06 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Tuesday night, Lincoln Center, Stanley H Kaplan Penthouse, 8 pm. We have a pair of tickets available - instructions and link to enter the drawing elsewhere on this page.

Le Trio Joubran: Saraab Options / A L'ombre Des Ondes (2:39:31 )
GIG: Saturday night, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St (final night of Lincoln Center's Nomadic Nights Series and the only night at this venue).

La Cumbiamba eNeYe: El INdio Options / La Palma (2:45:29 )
GIG: TONIGHT - Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst, Queens: La Cumbiamba eNeYe. 10 pm. Also, Martin Vejerano leads his student group tomorrow as part of the big Queens Museum: FolkCOLOMBIA en el Museo Colombian Independence Day Celebration. 12:30 pm to 4 pm in Flushing Meadow Park adjacent to the museum.

Las Cafeteras: La Morena Options / Tastes Like LA (2:55:41 )
GIG: Thursday night as part of the free Nosotros Festival at Damrosch Bandshell, Lincoln Center, 7 pm.

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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.

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.

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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 Sat. 7/22/17 6:04pm geezerette:

Eat to the beat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 6:06pm Rob W:

That's right geezerette! Thanks for staying with us and good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 6:06pm Rob W:

RE: Todd-O-Phonic's DJ battle between Mike and Matt - geezerette is an electorate of one! Maybe that's what we need in the US...
  Sat. 7/22/17 6:08pm KP:

Good early evening, Rob
Avatar Sat. 7/22/17 6:08pm geezerette:

Rob, I'm afraid that's his actual plan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 6:13pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 6:15pm Ken From Hyde Park:

BRB, getting a bowl of mango ice cream. It's too hot to cook rice just now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/22/17 6:17pm JakeGould:

Yes! Mulatu Astatqé!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 6:48pm Bas NL:

Great Youssou N'Dour track!
Avatar Sat. 7/22/17 6:56pm geezerette:

Grooving non-stop.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 7:01pm Rob W:

Thanks geezerette, Bas, Jake!
  Sat. 7/22/17 7:03pm rick:

light rain shower.. under an awning with a cold beer.. beautiful music.. doesn't get much better than this
  Sat. 7/22/17 7:13pm rick:

damn.. you keep this up and i'll be dancin in the rain!
Avatar Sat. 7/22/17 7:18pm geezerette:

It's insanely happy music. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Avatar Sat. 7/22/17 7:19pm geezerette:

Happy skeleton!!!
  Sat. 7/22/17 7:19pm tim from Champaign:

This set's blowing my mind. Thanks, Rob!
Avatar Sat. 7/22/17 7:20pm geezerette:

Marimba bones. There's a Fleischer cartoon in my head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 7:20pm Rob W:

Thanks Tim, Rick and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/22/17 7:23pm slugluv1313:

wonderful music, thank you thank you thank you!
  Sat. 7/22/17 7:26pm rick:

yeah.. thank youtoo, rob.. now im soaked :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 7:40pm ! I X Key !:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 7:48pm ! I X Key !:

! This has been some of the best music happening in the world right now

The world is a finite area

Avatar Sat. 7/22/17 7:53pm geezerette:

Thanks Rob !!!
  Sat. 7/22/17 8:09pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Trannies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/22/17 8:18pm katie:

Fortunately for you and your record buying, my next conference is New Orleans. But Edinburgh beckons next June...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 8:24pm Rob W:

Yes, oddly enough New Orleans is not by biggest record buying city - just one of the best live music cities in the world. Ah well...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/22/17 8:25pm slugluv1313:

hi Katie!!!
Rob, what IS the best record buying city???
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 8:27pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Going to a friend's 50th birthday party tomorrow. I ordered Lucky Twoubadou's Poupe Kreyol CD for a present. Will have to see how he likes it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 8:28pm Rob W:

Slugluv, maybe it's better if I don't know the answer to that question. The best I've personally experienced are Portland Oregon, Melbourne Australia, SF Bay Area and London. But if anyone has any suggestions let us know!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 8:29pm Rob W:

Ken, you have my seal of approval, that's a fine 50th birthday present! If it leads to fisticuffs, you can blame me...
  Sat. 7/22/17 8:42pm Carmichael:

I can vouch for Portland and SF. London flea markets are also pretty good. Surprisingly, I found Belfast to be quite varied in tastes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 8:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Great, thanks for that, Rob. Now to find a web site that has a "_______'s Seal of Approval" GIF and fill in your name and print that out and I'm covered.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/22/17 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks for the sounds Rob! Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/22/17 8:58pm slugluv1313:

thanks for another wonderful Saturday evening, Rob -- AND all the upcoming concert info -- you're the best!
have a great week!
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