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Saturday, February 17, 2018 Favoriting
Dingonek Street Band: NY's Newest Brass Powerhouse!

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A fabulous new horn-driven band has burst onto the Big Apple scene: Dingonek Street Band! This talented and eclectic outfit, led by trumpeter Bobby Spellman, draws on African and East European music, jazz, NOLA second line traditions and lots more. What's a Dingonek you ask? Find out when Dingonek Street Band celebrates the release of their superb debut LP Primal Economics with a live set right here on WFMU!

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TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see Tal National w/ Kaleta & Super Yamba Band Friday, February 23 at 8 pm in a World Music Institute Concert at Littlefield, 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn!

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (Two pairs of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight Sunday. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s ‘Kaani’, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had become Niger’s most popular band, with songs constantly blasted on national TV and cell phones everywhere. Following FatCat Records’ release of ‘Kaani’, Western audiences and critics quickly embraced the band’s singular and finely-honed sound. Gearing up for their third album for FatCat, Tal National look back on a fertile period spent honing their sound and touring the US several times – leaving audiences sweaty and stunned time after time. At their core, that’s Tal National’s intent, to make the people dance. With new album ‘Tantabara’ out this month, the band continues their ongoing quest to translate that energy to tape, bottling the party for personal use.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (Two pairs of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight Sunday. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Carol Kim: Cái Trâm Em Cài (Your Hair Clip) Favoriting / Various Artists: Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 / Sublime Frequencies (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Rita Chao: Tao Hua Ziang Favoriting / Xiang Xiang Gu Niang / Columbia (0:05:35 Pop-up)

Yao Su Yong: Warm Sun (溫暖的太陽) Favoriting / Movie Star Yao Su Yong Sings (電影明星"姚蘇蓉"歌曲精選) / Life Records (0:09:39 Pop-up)

Shin Jung Hyun & Yup Juns: 산아 강아 (Mountain Child) Favoriting / Volume 2 / Jigu (0:12:54 Pop-up)

Coreyah: I Should Have Been Angry Favoriting / Volume 3 (Seoul Folks) / CJ E&M Music (0:14:49 Pop-up)

Dolores Vargas: ¡A La Pelota! Favoriting / La Terremoto: Anana Funk Hip 1970-1975 / Pharaway Sounds (0:19:13 Pop-up)

Orkesta Mendoza: Mapache Favoriting / ¡Vamos A Guarachar! / Glitterbeat Records (0:23:16 Pop-up)

Chico Trujillo: Alturas Favoriting / Reina de Todas las Fiestas / Barbès Records (0:26:25 Pop-up)

Picaflor de los Andes: Un Pasajero en Tu Camino Favoriting / Un Pasajero en Tu Camino / Radio Music (0:29:11 Pop-up)

Conjunto Perlas de Huascaran: Yo Soy la Indicita Favoriting / Various Artists; Huayno Music of Peru, Vol.1 (1949-1989) / Arhoolie Records (0:32:21 Pop-up)

Malagasy Guitar Masters: Volo Hazo Favoriting / Volo Hazo / Buda Musique / * (0:34:07 Pop-up)

Catrin Finch & Sekou Keita: Teranga-Bah Favoriting / Soar / ARC Music / * (0:39:08 Pop-up)

Les Filles de Illighadad: Eghass malan Favoriting / Eghass Malan / Sahel Sounds / * (0:49:17 Pop-up)

Tal National: Pama Favoriting / Tantabara / Fat Cat Records / * (0:56:03 Pop-up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Friday night, World Music Inst. concert @ Littlefield in Brooklyn (w/ Super Yamba Band) - check the instructions on this page to enter the drawing for a pair of tickets!

Amadou Balaké: Bar Konon Mousso Bar Favoriting / Various Artists: The Original Sound of Burkina Faso / Mr Bongo / * (1:01:22 Pop-up)

Coulibaly Tidiani et l'Authentique Orchestre Dafra Star: Sie Koumgolo Favoriting / Various Artists: Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque Upper Volta / Numero Group (1:06:29 Pop-up)

Mokoomba: Njawane Favoriting / Luyando / Out Here Records (1:11:54 Pop-up)
GIG: Thursday night at BRIC House, Brooklyn, w/ Mandingo Ambassadors

Paa Kow: Go With It Favoriting / Cookpot / Paa Kow Music / * (1:16:37 Pop-up)

DJ Katapila: Monkey Favoriting / Aroo / Awesome Tapes From Africa / * (1:20:02 Pop-up)

Dingonek Street Band: Siddhartha (Live on WFMU Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:26:54 Pop-up)

Dingonek Street Band: Eat the Weak (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:31:51 Pop-up)

Dingonek Street Band: Crystal Ball (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:40:06 Pop-up)

Dingonek Street Band: Dance of the Dingonek (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:49:09 Pop-up)

Dingonek Street Band: Brothers and Sisters (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (1:58:19 Pop-up)

Dingonek Street Band: Grandfather Domovoi (Live on WFMU) Favoriting / Unreleased / N/A (2:05:14 Pop-up)

Hailu Mergia: Anchi Hoye Lene Favoriting / Lala Belu / Awesome Tapes From Africa / * (2:12:19 Pop-up)

King Ayisoba: Dapagara Favoriting / 1000 Can Die / Glitterbeat (2:19:35 Pop-up)

Zanmari Baré: Bande Mizisiyin Favoriting / Voun / Cobalt / * (2:24:33 Pop-up)

Maalem Mahmoud Gania: Ba Yourki Favoriting / Colours of the Night / Hive Mind / * (2:29:14 Pop-up)

Titi Robin and Mehdi Nassouli: Flamenhijaz Favoriting / Taziri / World Village (2:36:36 Pop-up)

IndiaLucia: Gangaquivir (feat. Ambi Subramaniam & Paquito Gonzalez) Favoriting / Acatao / CM Records / * (2:44:51 Pop-up)

Cuneyt Sepetci: Seni Bir Gun Gormrsem Favoriting / Bulgar Gaydas / LM Duplication / * (2:49:24 Pop-up)

Mehmet Polat: Something is Moving Favoriting / Ageless Garden / Mehmet Polat / * (2:54:24 Pop-up)

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

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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.

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 6:02pm Bas NL:

Hey Rob!
  6:05pm freakazoid:

the guy who owns this sublime frequencies label also sort of wrote zion the rocket shop popular song these days on wfmu
  6:18pm Mark Gergis:

Show sounding great!
  6:19pm Mandy:

Rob, I loved your pick for World Cover this week. thanks for sharing Luna Lee with the world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm Megaroni:

Coolio TPSP! I taught ESL in The Andes, turtlely know this style of sounds from such a magical region
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Rob W:

Thanks Mandy and Mark, hi Bas, and very interesting Megaroni!
  6:48pm Zetti:

That was wonderful. Thanks Rob
Avatar 6:49pm TDK60:

Great sounds. Too sweet for WFMUers? No. I love harp -- West African, Celtic, etc.
Avatar 6:54pm βrian:

Say, this is way better than Prairie Home Companion!
Avatar 7:06pm TDK60:

This heats it up here in the Jersey City Metro Area, where we're having a snowstorm.
Avatar 7:15pm TDK60:

Hallo nogmaals Bas over de zee. (Hello once again to Bas across the sea). Hee, used quick online translation.
Avatar 7:18pm Fox:

Hullo everyone.
Avatar 7:29pm Fox:


These guys are lovely!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Bas NL:

Works for me @TDK60!Hi there!
Avatar 7:34pm Linda Lee:

wow beautiful!
Avatar 7:35pm βrian:

Tight but unruly. How does that work?
Avatar 7:35pm Linda Lee:

Avatar 7:41pm TDK60:

Massachusetts -- I've heard of it...
Avatar 7:50pm TDK60:

You're saying "Lydian"? Isn't that a mode or scale?
  7:55pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and weekenders.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Rob W:

Composer George Russell's theory of Western music is named after the Lydian mode, yes, though I don't know exactly why - but if you're curious bandleader Bobby Spellman's essay about George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is here:
  8:06pm billyiswilliam (Montreal):

Holy heck that was great!
Avatar 8:09pm TDK60:

Sounds hot, thanks street band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone!
  8:12pm billyiswilliam (Montreal):

Whenever I hear this style of music makes me think of David Bowie’s Blackstar
  8:15pm cowfriend:

That was a great set, hooray!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:19pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone - please give the band a facebook "like" if you enjoyed it at - THANKS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Smilty69:

Great show, Rob! Even though my wife and I had an intense debate about the Moorish influence on Spanish music thanks to the "A La Pelota!" track. Still a great show. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Rob W:

Thanks Smilty69. And well that debate has been going on for centuries, you're not alone!
Avatar 8:48pm TDK60:

Aw come on Smilty69, everyone knows Spanish music merely comes from the Visigoths.
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Fab show tonight, Rob. Thanks for the live set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Rob W:

Thanks Ken and everyone!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Bas NL:

Oww! Nice!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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