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Saturday, April 22, 2017 Options
Sounds of Kolachi: Rock meets Pakistani Roots

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They've been called "one of the more exciting music acts to emerge from the Pakistani music scene" by Pakistan's Dawn Magazine - and they're playing live on our show tonight! Led by musical visionary Ahsan Bari, Sounds of Kolachi deftly mixes raga with western harmony; counterpoint with South Asian melodic lines; rock instrumentation with sitar and bowed sarangi.

Thanks to the US State Dept's Center Stage cultural exchange program, Sounds of Kolachi toured the US for the first time this spring, celebrating the release of debut album Elhaam. We're thrilled to host their Garden State debut!

Massive thanks to Deirdre Valente and Lisa Booth Management, tour manager Theresa Teague, Center Stage, NEFA and our illustrious engineer Mark Koch, and assistant Bobby Schock of Crust! Photo of Sounds of Kolachi above by Usman Dadi.

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We have two pairs of tickets available for each of two superb shows this week:

Mokoomba, the distinctive, highly acclaimed and truly exhilarating young band from Zimbabwe at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St, Wednesday May 3rd at 7:30 pm.

Concert info c/o Subrosa here.

Yuri Yunakov, the Bulgarian-born, NJ-based sax wizard and US National Heritage Fellow and his dazzling band Masters of Gypsy Music at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, Saturday April 29th:
Dance Concert at 8:30 pm, with workshops and more starting at 4 pm (in association with Opre Khetanes! a weekend Symposium and Festival of Romani Culture at NYU).

Concert and conference info c/o CTMD here.

To get in the running for a pair of tickets to either show: Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second choice among the two concerts available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is Sunday night at midnight; winners will be notified on Monday. Thanks and good luck!

More on Mokoomba:

More on Yuri Yunakov:

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Erkin Koray: Hadi Hadi Ordan Options / Mechul / Sublime Frequencies (0:00:00 )

Mamadou Kelly: Nakaam Options / Politiki / Clermont Music / * (0:04:48 )
GIG:May 6 (Sat) Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave: World Music Institute Presents: Ali Farka Touré Band (feat. Mamadou Kelly, Afel Bocoum and others) / Terakaft: Festival in the Desert - Caravan of Peace Tour. Daytime event: 3 pm. Pre-show discussion with musicians at 2 pm.

Afel Bocoum: Yarabitala Options / Alkibar / Nonesuch (0:14:18 )
GIG:May 6 (Sat) afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a member of the Ali Farka Toure Band - see immediately above...

Mariem Hassan: Baad Rahili Options / La Voz Indomita / Nubenegra / * (0:21:00 )
Posthumous release

Noura Mint Seymali: Suedi Koum Options / Arbina / Glitterbeat / * (0:23:55 )

The Nile Project: Omwiga Options / Jinja / * (0:26:42 )
GIG: April 29 (Sat) Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St: The Nile Project. 7 pm.

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & Chitra: Chamanthi Puvva Puvva Options / Mugguru Mongallu (Telegu OST) (0:40:14 )
GIGS: Today, Tamil concert at Sun National Bank Center, Trenton (started at 6 pm); Tomorrow, Telegu concert at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton at 5 pm.

Mohammed Rafi: Kiss Kiss Se Pyar Karoon Options / Tumse Achha Kaun Hai (Bollywood OST) (0:44:51 )

T.K. Ramamoorthy: Udaya Ravu Chandrika Options / Fabulous Notes And Beats Of The Indian Carnatic Jazz / EM Records (0:50:16 )
Reissue of 1969 HMV India release

Sounds of Kolachi: Allah Hi Dayga (Live on WFMU) Options (1:00:34 )

Sounds of Kolachi: Interview Options (1:09:05 )

Sounds of Kolachi: Aey Ri Sakhi (Live on WFMU) Options (1:18:08 )

Sounds of Kolachi: Tarana (Live on WFMU) Options (1:38:35 )

Sounds of Kolachi: Chakardaar Options / Elhaam / Elements Media / * (1:50:29 )

Niyaz: Dilruba Options / The Best of Niyaz / Six Degrees / * (1:57:41 )
GIG: April 29 at 8 pm - middle night of Robert Browning's three-night World in Trance Festival - at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn

DJ Click: Terbeh Options / Labesse Club / * (2:04:31 )

Acid Arab: La Hafla (feat. Sofiane Saidi) Options / Musique de France / Crammed Discs / * (2:07:59 )

Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2001 Options / Highway to Hassake / Sublime Frequencies (2:12:02 )
Also title cut to his Syrian release of the same name. GIG: May 11 (Thurs) Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at 7 pm (produced by World Music Institute).

Yuri Yunakov and Richard Hagopian: Istemem Babacim Options / Rough Guide to Bellydance / World Music Network (2:21:19 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Hungarian House 213 E 82nd St: Yuri Yunakov and Grand Masters of Gypsy Music + dance workshop + a panel discussion in association with the Opre Khetanes! A Symposium and Festival of Romani Culture. Email Rob W via the link on this page to get in the running for a pair of tickets!

Sväng: Svängarska Kopanitsa Options / Hauptbahnhof / * (2:24:58 )

Charan Po Rantan: 墓場までご一緒に / たがいの鍵穴 / Mastard (2:29:34 )
GIG: April 24 (Mon) Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St: Charan-Po-Rantan. 7:30 pm; they're also performing as part of Godzilla Legend — the music of Akira Ifukube at the Japan Society on Friday night.

Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L: Hirttäjämies Options / Rammat Jumalat (2:32:33 )
GIG: May 1 (Mon) CUNY Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave: Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L (Bones of the Dead Crazy Horses) 7 pm. Produced by Live Sounds

Alash: Dynggyldai Options / Live at Cafe Oto / Otorouk / * (2:38:01 )

Chartwell Dutiro: Karimugomba Options / Chivaraidze (2:49:52 )
GIG: Fri April 28 at 8 pm - first night of Robert Browning's three-night World in Trance Festival - at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn

Mokoomba: Kulindiswe Options / Luyando / Out Here Records / * (2:51:48 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: May 3 (Wed) Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St: Mokoomba. Email Rob W via the link on this page to get in the running for a pair of tickets!

Aurelio Martinez: Dondo Options / Darandi / Real World / * (2:56:51 )

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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!

  Sat. 4/22/17 6:07pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/22/17 6:56pm cory:

well, i guess i'm not leaving the apartment until after 9
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/22/17 7:02pm Rob W:

Hey folks, thanks for listening, apologies for the false start on our live-through-the-wonders-of-audio-recording-technology set tonight!
  Sat. 4/22/17 7:24pm Carmichael:

No worries, Rob. Chill Saturday night.
Avatar Sat. 4/22/17 7:45pm terribilia:

this is curing my depression
  Sat. 4/22/17 7:52pm Santos L Halper:

Really enjoyed those guys Rob, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/22/17 7:56pm Rob W:

Thanks very much Santos and terribilia! - R.
Avatar Sat. 4/22/17 8:10pm βrian:

Ah, I've stumbled through the door at a good time. Hello, Rob W & listeners.
Avatar Sat. 4/22/17 8:41pm northguineahills:

I was just listening to Finn Mika Vaino, and turn on WFMU and Pekko Kappi & friends were playing, more Finns!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/22/17 8:51pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for the Pakistani adventure tonight, Rob. Enjoyable as always.
  Sat. 4/22/17 9:00pm Carmichael:

Thanks, Rob
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