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Saturday, August 26, 2017 Options
Waning Days

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Come to our fall live events in Hoboken and Jersey City!

• Saturday September 9th: Live broadcast from Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Highway, Hoboken:

Martin Vejerano’s NYC Gaita Club (deep flute and drum traditions from Colombia's Caribbean Coast); Tuki Buki Trio featuring Smokey Hormel, Ngor Jallow and Issa Sow (shimmering West African songs); Maracatu NY (driving northeast Brazilian style percussion) and Akoko Nante Ensemble (Powerful West African style drumming) Issyra Gallery is an amazing space, it must be seen to be believed, jam-packed - floor to ceiling - with traditional African art and contemporary art. Info about the space and photos at: .

Free admission, free WFMU swag!


• Thursday October 12th: HONK NYC! at WFMU’s Montgomery Hall, 7:30 to 11 pm

with Damas de Ferro (electrifying all-female brass band from Brazil), New Creations Brass Band (New Orleans second line power), Pussy Grabs Back (a bombastic brass band response to the State of the Union), the Balkan-inspired revelry of Veveritse Brass Band and the first-ever Montgomery Hall appearance by NYC’s first and finest agit-brass leviathan, Hungry March Band!

Get your tickets now at !

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

The Moonstones with Indrani Perera: Sigiriya Options / Various Artists: Sri Lanka : The Golden Era of Sinhalese & Tamil Folk​-​pop Music / Akuphone (0:00:00 )
From the Sooriya Records archives

The Sherbone Stars: We Joe Options / Nokuzola / Ziya Duma (0:02:56 )
South Africa, 1979

The Movers: Movers on the Way Options / Best of the Best Volume One / Gallo (0:06:00 )

Barro: Mato o Nego Options / Miocardio / * (0:08:25 )

Curumin: Boca de Groselha Options / B O C A / Fonomatic / * (0:15:24 )

Juana Molina: Boca de Groselha Options / Halo / Crammed Discs / * (0:18:54 )

Tongues in Trees: Is Falling Flying Options / Parallel / SinJ (0:24:19 )

Navatman Music Collective: Offering Options / An Untimely Joy / Navatman (0:29:35 )
GIG: at Navatman's Drive East Festival, Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side, Sunday (TOMORROW) afternoon at 2.

Maracatu NY: Dia do Caboclo Options / Baque do Brooklyn (0:41:12 )
GIG: Saturday September 9th: WFMU Transpacific Sound Paradise live broadcast from Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Highway, Hoboken, 6-9 pm

Emilsen Pacheco y su Bullerengue Tradicional de San Juan de Urabá: Pelen Pelen Options / Mi Tambor es Mio / Sonidos Enraizados (0:47:34 )
GIGs: Tonight starting around 7:30 at C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn; Sunday evening workshop and performance at Starr Barr, 214 Starr St., Brooklyn: Monday night at 9 at Barbes, 376 9th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; Tuesday night at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst, Queens at 8 pm.

Innov Gnawa: Banwari Options / Innov Gnawa (Live at Xoomba Loft, Brooklyn) (0:51:42 )
GIGs: Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, Sun Aug 27 (tomorrow) at 8 pm; C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn Fri Sept 1 at 11 pm; Fri Sept 15 at Barbes, 376 9th St. in Park Slope at 10 pm, and opening for Group Doueh at Le Poisson Rouge, Fri Sept 29 at 8 pm.

DJ Tudo e Sua Gente de Todo Lugar: Sid Sma Xango Iansa Options / Gaia Musica Volume 2 / * (0:56:52 )
Collaboration with Moroccan gnawa musicians

Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique de Kinshasa: Bilonda Options / Around Félicité (Soundtrack to the film by French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis) / Crammed Discs / * (1:05:53 )
Kasai Allstars also appear in the film, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Ogun Afrobeat: Oro Le Gbo Options / Koko Iroyin / * (1:10:51 )
Based in Madrid, Spain; featuring musicians from Colombia, Senegal, Morocco, USA and Cuba

Jupiter & Okwess: Ofakombolo Options / Kin Sonic / Glitterbeat / * (1:15:04 )
Featuring Jupiter Bokondji from Democratic Rep. of Congo via Europe - Jupiter was formerly in Staff Benda Bilili

Lavaman: Cukus Bag Options / Various Artists: Pozee Rhythm / Julians / * (1:17:39 )
GIG: SOBs Thursday night Aug 31: SOBs, 204 Varick St: Soca show with Lavaman, Orlando Octave, Voice, Mr Legz and more. 11 pm.

Mahmoud Ahmed: Kantchi Gar Kalhonè Options / Ethiopiques 26: Mahmoud Ahmed & The Imperial Bodyguard Band / Buda Musique (1:26:39 )
GIG: Sept 15 (Fri) Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St: World Music Institute and Le Poisson Rouge present: Mahmoud Ahmed + Hailu Mergia at 7 pm.

Hailu Mergia and the Walias Band: Yikirta Lemminalehu Options / Tche Belew / Awesome Tapes From Africa (1:30:13 )
GIG: Sept 15 at Town Hall w/ Mahmoud Ahmed (see above)

Paa Kow: Lonely Options / Cookpot / * (1:33:58 )
GIG: Club Bonafide, 212 E 52nd St, Thurs Sept 7th, sets at 7:30 and 9:30 pm.

Markscheider Kunst: Mokili Options / Krasivosleva / S.B.A. (1:37:15 )
GIG: Sept 6 (Wed) Drom, 85 Ave A: Markschneider Kunst. 8 pm.

Salif Keita: Calculer Options / M'Bemba / Universal (1:42:14 )
GIG: SOBs, 204 Varick St., Sept 14 (Thurs) at 8 pm

Dilika: Lomhlaba Options / Various ‎Artists: A Night In South Africa / Sony (1:48:02 )

Toko Telo: Toy Raha Toy Options / Toy Raha Toy / Anio / * (1:49:34 )

Vakoka: Aomby Mazava Loha Options / Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa / World Music Network (1:54:46 )

Aurelio Martinez: Funa Tugudirugu Options / Darandi / Stone Tree / Real World / * (1:59:00 )

Kepa Junkera: Marea Zumaian Options / Maletak / Altafonte ‎– Folmusica (2:03:52 )

Carmelo Torres y los Toscos: La Camisola Options / 7" / Names You Can Trust (2:07:24 )

Luis Carlos Borges: Forró nas Missões Options / Single / * (2:11:27 )

Mdou Moctar: Amer Lyn Options / Sousoume Tamachek / Sahel Sounds / * (2:24:09 )
GIG: Sept 28 (Thurs) Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd St: Mdou Moctar. 7:30 pm. Free admission but get there early to make sure you can get in. Plus Thursday October 5th at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn (with Drunken Foreigner Band, who are inspired by music of NE Thailand, opening)

TisDass: Taladrot Options / Yamedan / Sahel Sounds (2:28:22 )

75 Dollar Bill: Beni Said Options / Wood Metal Plastic Pattern Rhythm Rock / Thin Wrist Recordings (2:33:24 )
GIG: Opening for Group Doueh at WFMU's Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St., Jersey City NJ., Sat Oct 7 at 8:30 pm

Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma Options / Zayna Jumma / Sublime Frequencies (2:45:52 )
GIG: WFMU's Monty Hall with 75 Dollar Bill Sat Oct 7th; also at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St in Manhattan with Innov Gnawa Fri Sept 29th

Amir El Saffar / Rivers of Sound: Hijaz 21/8 Options / Not Two / New Amsterdam Records / * (2:48:14 )
GIG: Sept 8 (Fri) Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd St: Amir ElSaffar and Brooklyn Raga Massive: Outside (In)dia. 7:30 pm. Free admission but get there early to make sure you can get in.

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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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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 6:04pm Megaroni:

Nice tropical vibe, fab Rob :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 6:05pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Megaroni, good evening everyone!
Avatar Sat. 8/26/17 6:10pm geezerette:

Sucker for Farsisa sound.
Hi, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 7:42pm ἶkε:

This sounds great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 7:44pm Rob W:

Thanks for breaking the silence ἶkε!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 7:44pm Bas NL:

I'm late! Hi Rob and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 7:44pm northguineahills:

I want Farsisa w/ Farfisa!
  Sat. 8/26/17 7:49pm Dave from MN:

Rob - Great show! Loved the Hailu Mergia song, Reminded me a lot of Getatchew Mekurya.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 7:55pm Rob W:

Oh now I feel guilty for poking... but thanks everyone for listening! I did a 2-6 am overnight show, summer of 1984, on WMFO in Medford Mass and I was never quite sure if anyone was listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:30pm Bas NL:

Must be a very musical family. the Moctar's?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:41pm Bas NL:

Wow to 75 Dollar Bill.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas, agreed, 75 Dollar Bill is quite something!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:49pm Bas NL:

That will be a great party downstairs, October 7th!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:50pm BnowB:

I have loved your show for so many years Rob Weisberg. Thank you! Transpacific Sound Paradise is so amazing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:52pm Threemoons:

Awesome set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:53pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Many thanks for the selections tonight. I was in the grocery store enjoying the show via the phone app.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/26/17 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 8/28/17 5:21pm хтinа:

v enjoyable show this week - a good one for doing creative work done. definitely lookin' forward to that 75 Dollar Bill show @ Monty for sure.
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