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Saturday, September 9, 2017 Options
Live From Issyra African Gallery,
300 Observer Highway in Hoboken NJ:
Performances by NYC Gaita Club, Tuki Buki Trio, Akoko Nante, Maracatu NY.

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Issyra Gallery at 300 Observer Highway in Hoboken is an amazing space, it must be seen to be believed, jam-packed - floor to ceiling - with traditional African art and contemporary art. And for one night only we are filling this fabulous space with fabulous percussion-driven live music!

Please join us at Issyra for this week's show, Saturday September 9th, from 6-9 pm. Get there early for good seats in the comfiest chairs, and so our first band doesn't feel lonely!

Admission is free - and we're giving away free WFMU swag!

The entrance, 300 Observer Highway in Hoboken, is on street level, just west of Willow Ave.

Note - it's BYOB! And all ages are okay. (There's a beer and liquor store, Hoboken Vine, a couple blocks away, at 400 Newark St., corner of Adams St.)

If you can't make it in person, tune in live for performances by four dynamic ensembles:

- Martin Vejarano and the NYC Gaita Club (African and indigenous-rooted flute and drum traditions from Colombia's Caribbean Coast)
- Tuki Buki Trio featuring Smokey Hormel, Ngor Jallow and Issa Sow (shimmering West African songs)
- Akoko Nante Ensemble (powerful drumming with deep roots in West Africa)
- Maracatu NY (driving northeast Brazilian style percussion)

Photo of Issyra Gallery above is courtesy of tbishphoto, Hoboken. And if you are still not convinced you can check out more of their photos of this remarkable under-the-radar must-see space at

Massive thanks to our illustrious tech director Irene Trudel along with Rob Christiansen, Dave Satkowski, Rachel Herman, Chris Whitfield (audio), Ruth Hayduk and Jess Charle (video), Katie Gentile (hospitality, giveaways), James Fernandez (board op) and of course Issa Sow and Minou of Issyra gallery.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

NYC Gaita Club: Live from Issrya Gallery, Hoboken Options
El Bendito, Currura, La Morenita and other songs

Orchestre Laye Thiam: Kokorico Options / Orchestre Laye Thiam / Ibrahim Kassé Production (0:46:03 )

Tuki Buki Trio: Live from Issrya Gallery, Hoboken Options (1:01:31 )

Dieuf-Dieul De Thiès: Aling Na Djimbe Options / Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 / Teranga Beat (1:43:50 )

Orchestre Baobab: Foulo Options / Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng / World Circuit / * (1:52:32 )

Maracatu NY: Live from Issrya Gallery, Hoboken Options (1:56:29 )

Guelewar: Kele Fasane Options / Touki Ba Banju / Kindred Spirits

Akoko Nante Ensemble: Live from Issrya Gallery, Hoboken Options (2:46:45 )

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 6:21pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hot dog! Another great live show on TSP!
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 6:30pm Listener Robert:

I liked today's live opening than the usual version of your opening theme you've been playing for several years now. I never got that one, nor the one you had before that, but the multilinqual countdown is good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 6:32pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 6:45pm Smilty69:

Hello Rob and friends. Thanks for sharing the NYC Gaita Club fb link. I hope to see them live soon.
  Sat. 9/9/17 7:06pm kimzilla:

Sounds great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 7:14pm Bas NL:

Back in late.. Hi Rob!
  Sat. 9/9/17 7:20pm james on the boards:

tuki buki is amazing. swaying here at hq
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 7:22pm Bas NL:

They're all doing a great job at the gallery! Great sounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 7:41pm Bas NL:

Thanks Tuki Buki Trio!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 7:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 8:06pm Phillio:

Hey all! Really digging the music, Rob! I grew up in Brazil so what's playing now is *especially* grooving! Maracatu NY is amazing.
  Sat. 9/9/17 8:19pm Rebecca Sow (issa's wife):

Loving the eclectic show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 8:22pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Rebecca and Phillio!
  Sat. 9/9/17 8:54pm Richard From Venezuela:

Buenos ritmos
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 9:00pm Drunken Creep:

Beautiful broadcast this evening! Great musicianship, and nice sound boarding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/9/17 9:02pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob and all!
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