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Fall 2002 - Spring 2003:
  • Options December 29, 2002: Gogol Bordello -- Unplugged | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    Three members of Gogol Bordello, the merry pranksters of Ukrainian-Russian-Israeli-American ethno-punk-burlesque-cabaret join for live peformance, cd tracks and an attempted interview.
  • December 22, 2002: Ravel filled in.
  • Options December 15, 2002: Songs O' the Season + a touch of African Gospel | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 8, 2002: Mixed Bag | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options December 1, 2002: Dan Rosenberg / Black Music of the Americas + New Releases | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    Hour 1: New releases and mixed bag. Hour 2: Broadcaster / writer / world-music cd producer and anthologist Dan Rosenberg talks about his experiences tracking down black music of Central and South America.

    Among many varied world music-oriented cd projects, Dan has specifically explored the black music of the Americas in compilations and individual artist cds produced for Network and Detour records and the Rough Guides series (in addition to writing for the Rough Guides world music volumes, He has produced related radio programs for Afropop Worldwide. For several years he also produced his own radio program Cafe International at WCBN at the University of Michigan.

    Find out about Dan's musical travels and his cds, radio programs, writing and more at his homepage: http://www.cafeint.com/

  • Options November 24, 2002: Sounds of the Seventies | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 17, 2002: Mixed Bag / New Releases | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 10, 2002: Smokey and Miho | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options November 3, 2002: Angele and Goce Dimovski | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    In the second hour: Live performance by Angele Dimovski and Goce Dimovski (click on the names for bios) of the Orchestra of Traditional Folk Instruments of Radio-Television Skopje, Macedonia.   The Dimovskis are masters of several traditional instruments including kaval (flute) and gaida (bagpipes) and they also are responsible for WFMU’s first ever zurla onslaught! The zurla is one of the world's most bombastic instruments. If you don't believe us tune in! 

    The Dimovskis are joined by NY-based Balkan-ophilic agitators Matt Moran, Adam Good and Jerry Kisslinger.  Engineered by Chris Stubbs.

    Plus new releases and mixed bag in the first hour.

    If you want to learn where you can check out (and maybe even dance or jam with) musicians like the Dimovskis in person and find out more about all sorts of Eastern European traditional music and dance activities in the United States visit http://www.eefc.org/

  • Options October 27, 2002: Radio Ping-Pong: Rob vs Pat Longo | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 20, 2002: Guess this week's theme! | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options October 13, 2002: Mixed Bag | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
Summer 2002:
  • Options October 6, 2002: Badenya Preview | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    West African roots music: Preview of the Badenya record release party Saturday Oct 12 at Joe's Pub, plus guest-dj hijinks.  With guests Sylvain Leroux and DJ Ayo.

    Badenya, a cd released on Smithsonian Folkways, documents traditional Manden Jaliya culture as it exists in and around New York.   And it’s a great showcase for some of the growing number of wonderful West African musicians living in this area.

    Manden are an ethnic / cultural group from West Africa (perhaps a term used more frequently in the past, ”Mandingo”, is more familiar). ”Jaliya” refers to the tradition of singers whose job it is to sing the praises of patrons and preserve the history of the Manden people in song. Find out about the concert / cd and the traditions by visiting the site of the organization that produced the cd, Center For Traditional Music and Dance:  http://www.ctmd.org/



  • Options September 29, 2002: Mixed Bag / New Releases | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 22, 2002: Mbira Music: Irene Chigamba | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    First hour: New releases and mixed bag.

    Second hour: In the studio: Irene Chigamba of the Mhembero Mbira Ensemble performs on the Shona mbira from Zimbabwe. 

    The mbira is a melodic instrument featuring plucked metal strips on a wooden soundboard, set in a gourd resonator.

    The Irene Chigamba interview and performance were recorded last year with the help of the East Village world music shop Tribal Soundz.  Tribal Soundz is bringing two other mbira players to New York in October 2002: Cosmas Magaya & Beuler Dyoko.  They will perform at the New York Open Center, 83 Spring St in Manhattan on Saturday evening Oct 5; and they will lead daytime workshops at Tribal Soundz, 340 E6 St on Sunday Oct 6.  Visit http://www.tribalsoundz.com for details.  Tribal Soundz also stocks mbiras and mbira-related cds. Magaya was featured on the seminal 1977 Nonesuch Explorer recording "Shona Mbira Music" which has just been re-released (click here for a review by Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide) .

    For information about the Mhembero Mbira Ensemble CD Pasi Mupindu ("The world is changing") visit http://www.shumba.ch/cds/cd's_en.html

    From Irene's bio:

    Communicating with spirits is a central element of the life of Shona people of Zimbabwe.  Communicating with the spirits is the main use of the mbira instrument.  Irene started learning to play mbira, sing and dance at age 8 from her mother and father.  Soon thereafter, she learned from a spirit medium that she would be required to be a mukaranga, a caretaker of the spirits in the material world.

    As the oldest of the Chigamba children, creative responsibility and authoritative decision making seem to come naturally to Irene.   After performing with mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, Irene was invited to join the National Dance Company, a government group that frequently showcased Zimbabwean musical culture abroad. Today Irene is lead singer as well as mbira player in the Mhembero Ensemble,  a family group led by her father Tute Chigamba.  Mhembero means "celebration" in the Shona language. 

    For more about the culture of the Shona, mbira and the global community of mbira players visit the mbira music web portal http://www.dandemutande.com.

  • Options September 15, 2002: Early fall concert previews | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 8, 2002: Cross-Cultural Collaborations | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options September 1, 2002: Labor of Love: Radio Ping-Pong with Rob Weisberg and Katie Gentile | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • August 25, 2002: Robin Edgerton filled in for Rob on this date. Click here for Robin's archives.
  • August 18, 2002: Robin Edgerton filled in for Rob on this date. Click here for Robin's archives.
  • August 11, 2002: Robin Edgerton filled in for Rob on this date. Click here for Robin's archives.
  • Options August 4, 2002: Mixed Bag | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options July 28, 2002: Musicians of The Festival of Mongolia Ensemble + New Releases | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options July 21, 2002: Rolando Alexandre: Timbila from Mozambique | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options July 14, 2002: Bastille Day with Bebe Eiffel Live | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options July 7, 2002: Lincoln Center Festival "Maghreb Mashreq" Preview | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    With Guests Erica Zielinski, General Manager, Lincoln Center Festival; and Limor Tomer, Concert Producer.

    Maghreb-Mashreq: East-West Alchemy is a musical subset of the annual midsummer Lincoln Center Festival. Performance dates are July 16, 17, 18 and 20, 2002 (different artists each night).

    Maghreb-Mashreq features performers from the Middle East and North Africa and also musicians from the United States in collaboration with musicians from those regions. For more information visit http://www.lincolncenter.org.

  • Options June 30, 2002: Music from Greece and beyond | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
  • Options June 23, 2002: World Cup + New Releases | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    First 45 minutes features African soccer songs and other soccer and World Cup related songs; remainder of the show features new and recent "world music" releases.
  • Options June 16, 2002: Father's Day with Isle of Klezbos | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
    All-women's klezmer band Isle of Klezbos performs live for the entire show! The perfect Fathers' Day present...

    Isle of Klezbos performs at Joe's Pub, 475 Lafayette Street adjacent to the Public Theatre and near Astor Place on Tuesday, June 25 at 7.30pm. For information about this and all other live and recorded manifestations of Isle of Klezbos and its brother/sister band Metropolitan Klezmer, visit http://www.metropolitanklezmer.com.

    This just in: Kudos to Isle of Klezbos drummer and leader Eve Sicular, just named Outstanding Producer by the OutMusic Awards!

  • Options June 9, 2002: Fula Flute with Sylvain Leroux and Bailo Bah | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop‑up player!
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