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Saturday, January 27, 2018 Options

Mauro Durante of acclaimed Italian roots revivalists Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
introduces the band’s surprising new LP of songwriting collaborations, Canzoniere

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - or CGS - is a band from Salento - a sub-peninsula of the Italian Peninsula, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot”.

Back in 1975, Rina Durante, a writer and champion of the culture of Salento, had the idea that it would be great to have a band that could both carry on and expand upon the distinctive music, dance and linguistic traditions of the region. She recruited Daniele Durante who became the original musical leader of the band. In 2007 Daniele passed the Baton to his son, fiddler, percussionist and singer Mauro Durante.

Today, the 7-piece band are leaders among a new wave of roots revival bands from Southern Italy. In 2010 CGS won Italy’s MEI award as Best Italian World Music Group.

The music of CGS is inspired by the traditional dance of Salento, driven by the hypnotic rhythms of the tamburello frame drum. Those rhythms drive the legendary trance-dance ritual, the pizzica tarantata, said to cure the taranta spider’s bite with its frenzied trance dances.

Over the years, in its two incarnations, the band has released 18 albums and played all over the world. And mainly on those albums you’ll hear traditional song or songs based primarily on traditional forms. But - the band’s excellent new album, Canzoniere (on the Ponderosa Music label) - which means Songbook - is different. While you'll still hear many traditional instruments and rhythms on the new disc, there's very little strictly traditional repertoire. Instead Mauro collaborated with an array of major pop songwriters to compose new songs, marrying the band's distinctive contemporary roots-inspired style with the Western Pop song.

On tonight’s show, Mauro sends us an audio postcard about the album, a fascinating new turn for the band, giving us the background and introducing several of the songs. Plus he guest-DJs a set of music by Italian artists spotlighting songs that incorporate elements of traditional music.

You can get the band’s new album Canzoniere here .

If you like what you hear, be sure to give CGS a “like” at .

And learn / see / hear more at .

This Week's Playlist:

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Hugh Masekela & the Union of South Africa: Shebeen, Djambo Options / Hugh Masekela & the Union Of South Africa / Chisa (0:00:00 )
Caiphus Semenya, Hugh Masekela, Jonas Gwangwa

Hugh Masekela: Ha Lese Le Di Khanna Options / Greatest Hits / Columbia (0:08:59 )

Otto: Caminho do Sol Options / Ottomatopeia / Press Pass / * (0:18:23 )

Cordero: Rezando Por Amor Options / Lamb Lost in the City (0:22:00 )

Sol Okarina: Flores y Vestidos Options / Planet4 / Lata / * (0:25:16 )

Son Palenque: Luca Mini Options / Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia / Palenque Records (0:28:48 )

Tulipa Negra: Cume Mundo Options / Riba Mundo / Ze Orlando (0:32:45 )

João Cirilo : Po D'Terra Options / Various Artists: Space Echo - The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! / Analog Africa (0:38:23 )

Calle 13: Vamo' A Portarnos Mal Options / Entren Los Que Quieran / Sony Music Latin (0:43:43 )

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet: Garaba Mama Options / Ladilikan / Nonesuch / World Circuit / * (0:50:55 )

Nordic Raga: Folk Dreams Options / Nordic Raga / Riverboat / * (0:53:39 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Pizzica Caddhipulina Options / Focu D'Amore / Ponderosa Music & Art (1:05:26 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Lu Giustacofane Options / Canzoniere / Ponderosa Music & Art / * (1:13:22 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quannu Te Visciu Options / Canzoniere / Ponderosa Music & Art / * (1:19:14 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Ientu Options / Canzoniere / Ponderosa Music & Art / * (1:24:56 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Moi Options / Canzoniere / Ponderosa Music & Art / * (1:29:26 )

Carmen Consoli: 'A finestra Options / Elettra / Wrasse (1:35:19 )

CapaRezza: Fuori Dal Tunnel Options / Verità supposte / EMI (1:40:27 )

Sud Sound System: Le Radici Ca Tieni Options / Lontano / V2 records (1:46:04 )

Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta Options / Taranta Project / Ponderosa Music & Art (1:51:55 )

Spaccanapoli: Aneme Perze Options / Lost Souls [Aneme Perze] / Real World (1:57:00 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Con Le Mie Mani Options / Canzoniere / Ponderosa Music & Art / * (2:01:53 )

Mari Boine: 2-4-6-7-8-9-in One Options / See the Woman / MPS Records / * (2:06:32 )

Gyda Valtysdottir: Seikilos Epitaph Options / Epicycle / Figureight / * (2:11:24 )
Based on the The Seikilos epitaph, believed to be the oldest surviving complete musical composition, including musical notation, from anywhere in the world.

Kaynak Pipers Band: A Bre Yunache, Ludo I Mlado Options / To Chicago and Beyond / Electric Cowbell (2:16:24 )

Iberi: Kuchkhi Bedineri Options / First / * (2:23:38 )

Quintet Urmuli: Pot-Pourri of Rachian Songs Options / Vol V (2:25:31 )

Pērkonvīri & Skaistkalnes Pūtēji: Bralu Gabals (Song Of Brothers) Options / Various Artists Native Music 8 - Traditional - Folk - Worldmusic - Latvia / Latvian Music Information Centre (2:26:57 )

Saz'iso: Bëje Dru në Përcëllime Options / At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song / Glitterbeat / * (2:31:42 )

Stavros Pazarentsis: Macedonian Syrto Options / Chalkina / FM (2:35:42 )

Mamak Khadem: Do, Don't Options / The Road / Innova Recordings (2:37:10 )

Mr. Lif and Brass Menažeri: Doppio Macchiato Options / Resilient / Waxsimile / * (2:42:06 )

Samurai Accordion: Kuru Options / TE / Visage Music / * (2:50:44 )

Spanglish Fly: Bugalu Pa' Mi Abuela Options / Ay Que Boogaloo! / * (2:57:14 )
GIG: w/ Joe Bataan Feb 8 @ Highline Ballroom

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see

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. 1/27/18 6:23pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 6:33pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas and everyone!
  Sat. 1/27/18 6:40pm Katie:

Hi Rob. Ricki is doing great and I’m crashing Bonnie and Neil’s well prepared dinner. Can you pick me up when you leave WFMU?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 6:42pm Rob W:

Katie - that's great and yes - but check your email - I don't have my phone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 6:49pm Megaroni:

Oh wow! I heard Calle 13 speak at a Bernie Sanders rally in the Bronx, he was amazing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 6:50pm Ken From Hyde Park:

That must be Ricki Moskowitz you mentioned last week. Happy to hear she's doing well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 6:56pm Rob W:

Yes Ken that's right, thanks!
  Sat. 1/27/18 6:58pm Katie:

Ok. Thank you. I’ll email you gmail the address.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:04pm mb:

Cheers all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:35pm Bobby Whirlwind:

stirring stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:47pm Linda Lee:

loving the music! molto bene!! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:48pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda and Bobby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:48pm Aaron Hali:

This’s is HOT! It’s got like a Spanish/Scandinavian feel to it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:49pm Aaron Hali:

Aww, Italian makes PERFECT sense!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:50pm Linda Lee:

so rarely hear new music from my mother's country! this is wonderful!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:51pm Aaron Hali:

Sup, Ken?
  Sat. 1/27/18 7:53pm Katie:

We’re listening. It’s like you’re here but not.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:55pm Rob W:

Well I'm never quite sure where I am Katie...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:56pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Man, this is really great music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 7:58pm Rob W:

Thanks maestroso and everyone!
Avatar Sat. 1/27/18 8:02pm Andrew S:

Discover so much from this show each week, always reminds me how narrow my musical knowledge is in comparison with the wide world of wild sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 8:02pm maestroso:

This is right up my alley. Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 8:28pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hey, Aaron ... Doing pretty well considering I went snowboarding with my daughter today (second time ever). I whomped my tailbone a couple times, so trying to find a comfortable sitting position. We had fun, so that's the main thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 8:30pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@Linda Lee - We were at Bellayre, so probably not far from your general vicinity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 8:38pm slugluv1313:

wonderful, fascinating show - as always! thank-you Rob!
  Sat. 1/27/18 8:42pm slowbear:

mariachi horns
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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