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Saturday, August 25, 2018 Options
Yuriy Gurzhy of RotFront & Russendisko's Day-After-Ukrainian-Independence-Day Audio Postcard from Ukraine via Berlin

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Yuriy Gurzhy, originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine, has made a name for himself in Berlin as a musician, DJ, producer, and radio broadcaster.

In the 90s he was one half of the DJ duo Russendisko Sound System, whose legendary club nights at Berlin's Kaffee Burger brought new indie music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans (and by emigre artists from those places) to the dancefloor: Cutting edge music that at the same time called on folk and pop roots - and with a sense of humor too. The name Russendisko alludes to a pejorative nickname for State-approved dance pop music of the Soviet era - in a sense, the club reclaimed the name for the post-Wall generation.

[His Russendisko partner, Wladimir Kaminer, also wrote a book-turned-film about Berlin's 90s East European émigré culture called Russendisko. (The English-language version of the book is entitled Russian Disco.)]

Yuriy also is a co-founder of the "Emigrantski Raggamuffin Kollektiv RotFront" - better known simply as RotFront. RotFront is an uproarious band that truly brings the Russendisko ethos to life. He's also a leader of the Disorientalists, a sort of biographical tribute band to quixotic early 20th century Azerbaijani Jewish-turned-Muslim writer Essad Bey.

He's produced ten compilation albums including several under the Russendisko monniker and the fabulous Shtetl Superstars wide-ranging Jewish-themed compilation, as well as releasing albums with RotFront, the Disorientalists and more. Russendisko is no more (both for musical and socio-political reasons as you'll hear from Yuriy). However Yuriy now has launched what he calls "a DJ and research project on the past, present and future of the Ukrainian music" called Born in UA.

Yuriy also hosted the music program “Russendisko Klub” on Germany's Radio MultiKulti. And to celebate the Day-After-Ukrainian- Independence-Day, Yuriy gets back behind the mic to send us an audio postcard from Berlin. He'll introduce us to the music of RotFront. And he'll also introduce a set of great new indie sounds from Ukraine from his latest compliation project, Borsh Division - Future Sound Of Ukraine on Trikont Records, Germany's first and finest indie music label.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Los Candelos: Bailen Mi Rumbita Options / Various Artists: Rumbita Buena / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:00:00 MP3 | )
New compilation

Chango: El Guapo Options / Various Artists: Rumbita Buena / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:02:49 MP3 | )

Los Chichos: Ni más ni Menos Options / Ni más ni Menos (0:06:23 MP3 | )

Eddie Palmieri: Pa' Huele Options / Superimposition / Fania (0:11:59 MP3 | )
GIG: TOMORROW evening (Sun Aug 26) at 6 - double bill w/ Tony Vega @ Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield

Wendo Kolosoy & Rumbanella Band: Marie Louise Options / Various Artists: El Congo Brazza: Rumba Congolaise / Marabi (0:17:59 MP3 | )

Joseph Kabasele & African Jazz: Africa Mokili Mobimba Options / Various Artists: Golden Afrique Volume 2 / Network Medien (0:21:56 MP3 | )

Orchestre Tropicana: Joyeux Tricentenaire Options / Carnaval Fusee / Marc (0:27:37 MP3 | )

Khaira Arby: Khaira Options / Timbuktu Tarab / Clermont (0:36:14 MP3 | )
May she rest in peace...

Khaira Arby: Dja Cheickna Options / Timbuktu Tarab / Clermont Music (0:40:46 MP3 | )

Khaira Arby: Ya Rassoul Options / Ya Rassoul (0:43:52 MP3 | )

Sway Machinery and Khaira Arby: Sourgou Options / The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1 / JDub Records (0:48:49 MP3 | )

Khaira Arby: Tchini Tchini/Gossip/Commerages Options / Gossip / Clermont Music (0:53:07 MP3 | )

Yuriy Gurzhy of RotFront: Audio Postcard From Berlin Options (1:02:39 MP3 | )

RotFront: Emigrantski Raggamuffin Options / Emigrantski Raggamuffin / Essay Recordings (1:09:09 MP3 | )

RotFront: Sovietoblaster Options / Emigrantski Raggamuffin / Essay Recordings (1:12:39 MP3 | )

RotFront: VisaFree Options / VisaFree / Essay Recordings (1:15:44 MP3 | )

RotFront: Gay Gypsy and Jew Options / VisaFree / Essay Recordings (1:18:38 MP3 | )

Yuriy Gurzhy of RotFront: Audio Postcard From Berlin Options (1:24:10 MP3 | )

RotFront: German Dance Options / 17 Deutsche Tänze / GMO - The Label ‎ (1:28:02 MP3 | )

RotFront: 1990s Options / 17 Deutsche Tänze / GMO - The Label ‎ (1:31:43 MP3 | )

Yuriy Gurzhy: Audio Postcard From Berlin re: Russendisko & new sounds from Ukraine Options (1:36:24 MP3 | )
Note: We'll hear some tracks from the Russendisko comps and Shtetl Superstars later but Yuriy will select some tracks from his latest comp of Ukrainian music first.

Dakha Brakha: Karpatskyi Rep Options / Various Artists: Borsh Division - Future Sound of Ukraine / Trikont (1:44:36 MP3 | )

Hycz Orkestr: TinDenSum Options / Various Artists: Borsh Division - Future Sound of Ukraine / Trikont (1:50:31 MP3 | )

Ruslana Khazipova & MaMa Diaspora: Metelyk Options / Various Artists: Borsh Division - Future Sound of Ukraine / Trikont (1:56:14 MP3 | )

Perkalaba: Tikhobivi Options / Various Artists: Borsh Division - Future Sound of Ukraine / Trikont (2:01:44 MP3 | )

Konsonans Retro: Freylekhs No. 5 Options / Various Artists: Russendisko presents: Ukraine Do Amerika / Russendisko (2:06:48 MP3 | )

Yukazu: Rote Äpfel Options / Various Artists: Russendisko präsentiert: Die Lieblingslieder der deutschen Taxifahrer / GMO (2:09:49 MP3 | )
(Russendisko presents: The favorite songs of German taxi drivers)

La Mula Santa: Ich Liebe Dich Options / Various Artists: Russendisko präsentiert: Die Lieblingslieder der deutschen Taxifahrer / GMO (2:14:06 MP3 | )

Polkageist: Ick Liebe Dir Options / Various Artists: Russendisko präsentiert: Die Lieblingslieder der deutschen Taxifahrer / GMO (2:17:46 MP3 | )

Vopli Vidopliassova: Galu, Prihod Options / Various Artists: Russendisko presents: Ukraine Do Amerika / Russendisko (2:21:03 MP3 | )
Yes well and also, Highway to Hell

Boom Pam: Souvlak Options / Various Artists: Shtetl Superstars - Funky Jewish Sounds From Around The World / Trikont (2:23:09 MP3 | )

The Astroglides: The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Options / Various Artists: Shtetl Superstars - Funky Jewish Sounds From Around The World / Trikont (2:27:21 MP3 | )

Red Elvises: Cosmonaut Petrov Options / Various Artists: Russendisko Hits / Trikont (2:34:16 MP3 | )

Nogu Svelo: The Little Chinese Bells Options / Various Artists: Russendisko Hits / Trikont (2:36:34 MP3 | )
GIG: Nogu Svelo's 30th anniversary USA Tour @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Sat Sept 15

Zdob Si Zdub: A Gipsy And A U.F.O Options / Various Artists: Russendisko Hits / Trikont (2:40:49 MP3 | )
Zdob Si Zdub is from Chișinău, Moldova

Markscheider Kunst: Kokeiro Options / Various Artists: Russen Soul / Trikont (2:43:29 MP3 | )
St. Petersburg-based band that calls on African, Latin sounds etc.

Paperny T.A.M. : Tänze Options / Various Artists: Russen Soul / Trikont (2:45:50 MP3 | )
Paperny = Russian actor and musician Alexey Paperny

Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey Options / Who Was Essad Bey / Oriente (2:48:18 MP3 | )
From Yuriy Gurzhy's website: The Disorientalists are Yuriy Gurzhy (RotFront), Daniel Kahn (Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird) and Marina Frenk (Marina & Kapelsky). The three Berliners-by-choice joined forces to write and perform a musical based on the life of Essad Bey a.k.a. Kurban Said a.k.a. Lev Nussimbaum. "Who Was Essad Bey?" is a work in progress, performed regularly in the Studio Я of Gorki Theatre Berlin. The album with the same title is released by a Berlin-based record label Oriente

Invisible System: Banjougou Options / Bamako Sessions / World Music Network / * (2:53:40 MP3 | )



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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.

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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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 6:05pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Swag just arrived; I was just playing the last track of your fantastic(!!!) Marathon Premium.. seamless transitioning to 'live' TSP!
  Sat. 8/25/18 6:07pm Marcel M:

Hey Rob! Sounding great.
  Sat. 8/25/18 6:13pm harry watson:

loving the show , in England but your making it feel like I'm on holiday
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 6:28pm chresti:

Hell-O! Me and my ears are here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 6:43pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Bas! I guess it takes a while for FMU Swag to make it across the Atlantic - I think we send it sailboat-rate to save money...! And good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 6:59pm Bas NL:

Ha, no, it was such a lavish swag package it took a while to fill that humongous box!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:12pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, all. My Garbage Time shirt came today. Only my marbles in a blender shirt remains on back order.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:22pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Right NOW!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:26pm Rob W:

Yes indeed Granny Spicy Tuna!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:26pm Bas NL:

Really great these RotFront tracks!
  Sat. 8/25/18 7:30pm Steve:

Saw Chalaw Baswali last week at flushing town hall and his percussionist and partner got denied a visa at last minute from Madagascar things are so messed up
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:32pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

My new favorite band!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:35pm Rob W:

Yes, the visa thing for musicians has been an ongoing headache, even before you-know-who became President... really since Sept 11 2001... hey but it's great that you made it to the show at Flushing Town Hall Steve! Hopefully Chalaw will manage to come back with the musicians from Madagascar after they do their forthcoming album, we'll see...
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 7:40pm glenn:

speaking of you know who - mobile.twitter.com...
Avatar    Sat. 8/25/18 7:42pm slugluv1313:

hi Rob and everyone!
just tuned in -- very cool!
@ Steve -- ugh, that sucks -- & from Madagascar??!! messed up is right!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 7:48pm Rob W:

Hi slugluv!
Avatar    Sat. 8/25/18 8:01pm slugluv1313:

loving the music & its fascinating history -- thanks for all those links too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:03pm Rob W:

Sure thing slugluv! Yuriy's commentary section is over but I'm going to play some more tracks from his projects this hour.
Avatar    Sat. 8/25/18 8:14pm βrian:

Checking in from the isthmus. It's been a long day, and methinks this is a good way to wrap it up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:16pm Rob W:

I hope so βrian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:24pm хтinа:

just catching the tail end of the show but some is def better than none.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:26pm Rob W:

That's the spirit хтinа!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:39pm Megaroni:

Great show tonite to accompany gorgeous full moon! Thanks TPSP
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:42pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni, enjoy that big round moon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/25/18 8:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 8/25/18 8:59pm slugluv1313:

thanks so much for a great show, Rob! have a great week!
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