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Saturday, February 24, 2018 Favoriting

Music For Thinking About Supporting WFMU, In That Our Fundraiser Officially Starts Soon, But the More We Raise Before the Fundraiser, the Happier We Are When the Fundraiser Starts!

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TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see World Music Institute Presents Africa Now! at the Apollo Saturday March 3rd featuring Black Coffee, Tony Allen & Jeff Mills, Ayo and Pierre Kwenders!

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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. (One pair of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight TONIGHT. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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Now in its sixth season, the annual Africa Now concert at the Apollo celebrates the best of today’s African music scene. This year’s concert spotlights the continent’s contemporary trends in electronic music. Black Coffee Black Coffee is a South African record producer and DJ who defies convention. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favor of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee's penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but fresh and future-focused. He has released several acclaimed albums and remixes - all in his inimitable Kwaito style - South Africa’s home-grown music that is based on US house music infused with South African melodies and rhythms. Tony Allen & Jeff Mills The duo of acclaimed Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen (Nigeria), who was the original drummer for Fela Kuti and is often credited with inventing the foundations of Afrobeat music, and brilliant techno music DJ and producer Jeff Mills will perform together for the first time in the United States. As two legends who revolutionized their respective musical areas, they will bring Afrobeat and techno together in a collaboration that’s like a conversation, building off of each other. Pierre Kwenders Singer/songwriter Pierre Kwenders’ music is a response to a world that so often asks people who fit comfortably in multiple boxes to pick only one. Born in Kinshasa, Pierre draws on his wide-range of experiences and sings and raps in five languages - English, French, Lingala, Tshiluba and Kikongo. While Pierre’s music ranges from icy R&B to electronic and futuristic hip-hop, his style is rooted in Congolese rumba, the ubiquitous sound of The Democratic Republic of Congo.

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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. (One pair of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight TONIGHT. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Sharhabeel Ahmed: Argos Favoriting / Various Artists: Habibi Funk 007: An eclectic selection of music from the Arab world / Habibi Funk Records / * (0:00:00 Pop-up)
From Sudan - still active we believe in jazz

Ayaléw Mèsfin & Black Lion Band: Feqer Aydèlèm Wèy Favoriting / Various Artists: Éthiopiques 13: Ethiopian Groove - The Golden Seventies / Buda Musique (0:04:59 Pop-up)

Qwanqwa: Kemakem Favoriting / Volume Two / FPE (0:09:18 Pop-up)

Oumar Konaté: Magani Favoriting / Live in Bamako / Clermont / * (0:14:23 Pop-up)

Jaro Milko & The Cubalkanics: Suelta La Rienda Favoriting / Various Artists: Rock Gitano: Pandemonium Gitano (A Compendium of Global Gypsy Tunes) (0:22:08 Pop-up)
Based in Switzerland

Marian Conde: Tómame Que Tómame Favoriting / Various Artists:¡Naino! Spanish Gipsy Soul Funk Disco 1974/1984 / Adarce Records / * (0:24:45 Pop-up)

La Banda Morisca: Ya Adili Billah Favoriting / Algarabya / Fol Música (0:27:46 Pop-up)
GIG: La Banda Morisca: Las Huellas de la Memoria @ Joe’s Pub (Part of Flamenco Festival NY) Sun, March 11, 9:30pm

BaranBand: Menziane Favoriting / Mn Bo To / Global Music Centre (0:33:28 Pop-up)
Band based in Finland led by brothers (Gian and Marouf Majidi) with Kurdish-Iranian roots

Mehmet Polat: An Anatolian Bulerias Favoriting / Ageless Garden / Mehmet Polat / * (0:39:25 Pop-up)
Based in Netherlands, roots in Turkey

Niyaz: The Hunt Favoriting / The Best of Niyaz / Six Degrees (0:44:14 Pop-up)
GIG: Niyaz @ Pace University Schimmel Center (LIve Sounds presents) Sat, 10 March, 7:30 pm

Massa Dembele: Seguin Favoriting / Mezana Dounia / Iznit (0:52:23 Pop-up)
Big corrections to my intro: This was recorded in August 2015 in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, he plays Kamale N'goni (not kora) and the label is based in Washington DC (no European connection despite what I said).

House of Waters: Juice Favoriting / House of Waters / Up (0:57:22 Pop-up)

Vieux Farka Touré: Homafu Wawa Favoriting / Samba / Six Degrees (1:00:51 Pop-up)
GIG: Vieux Farka Toure @ Brooklyn Bowl, tomorrow night, Sun, 25 February, 8 pm / note the "I Shot the Sheriff" riff

Imarhan: Imuhagh Favoriting / Temet / City Slang / * (1:06:20 Pop-up)
GIG: Thursday, May 18, 7:30 pm, presented by World Music Institute at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets; FREE ADMISSION but get there early to make sure you can get in!

Hudna: Blue 9/8 Favoriting / Kaynaşma / Sahel Sounds (1:11:30 Pop-up)
Based in Denmark

Cemil Qocgiri: Omedo Giran Favoriting / Zalal / Ahenk Müzik (1:14:58 Pop-up)
He's singing in a dying language from Turkey called Zazaki

Ramazan Sesler: Arpa Buğday Daneler Favoriting / Babadan Ogula / Sony (1:19:30 Pop-up)

Cüneyt Sepetçi: Osman Aga Favoriting / Bulgar Gaydas / Living Music Duplication / * (1:23:00 Pop-up)

WoWaKin: Sulgostow Favoriting / Kraj Za Miastem / Baba Sound Studio / * (1:34:10 Pop-up)

Kapela Maliszów: Zagrej Mi Muzycko Favoriting / Wiejski Dżez / Unzipped Fly / * (1:37:34 Pop-up)

Okra Playground: Nine Moons Favoriting / Ääneni Yli Vesien / Nordic Notes / * (1:40:39 Pop-up)

Olga Bell: Perm Krai Favoriting / Krai / One Little Indian Records (1:44:06 Pop-up)

Sutari: Krawczyki Favoriting / Osti / Unzipped Fly / * (1:48:44 Pop-up)

Lost Bayou Ramblers: Si J'aurais Des Ailes Favoriting / Kalenda / Rice Pump (1:51:29 Pop-up)
GIG: Lost Bayou Ramblers @ Joe's Pub Sun, 15 April, 9:30 pm

Mdou Moctar: Allagh N-Tarha Favoriting / Sousoume Tamachek / Sahel Sounds (1:58:49 Pop-up)

Frances Baloyi & Shangaan Band: Sati Wa Vakwela Favoriting / Various Artists: Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM / Dust-to-Digital (2:04:59 Pop-up)
Tsonga language, Mozambique

Malagasy Guitar Masters: Tsakoraraké Favoriting / Volo Hazo / Socadisc / * (2:07:34 Pop-up)

Les Metis: Nengam-baly Favoriting / Video Only / Fida Cyrille Rydt Didi (2:11:39 Pop-up)

Pierre Kwenders: Mardis Gras (featuring Jacobus) Favoriting / Le Dernier Empereur Bantou (2:22:04 Pop-up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Saturday night (March 3) African now concert @ the Apollo with Black Coffee, Tony Allen & Jeff Mills and Ayo - follow the instructions on this page to get in the running!

Afrikan Protocol: Gbegbe Fever Favoriting / Beyond the Grid / * (2:24:01 Pop-up)
Burkina Faso / Belgium

Tony Allen: Push and Pull Favoriting / The Source (2:28:33 Pop-up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Saturday night (March 3) African now concert @ the Apollo with Black Coffee, Tony Allen & Jeff Mills and Ayo - follow the instructions on this page to get in the running!

Dingonek Street Band: Siddhartha Favoriting / Dance of the Dingonek / Accurate Records. / * (2:35:22 Pop-up)

Banda Nella Nebbia: Green Grove Favoriting / Banda Nella Nebbia / Unzipped Fly Records ‎ (2:39:26 Pop-up)

Samurai Accordion: Tarantella Rouge et Noir Favoriting / TE (2:44:16 Pop-up)

Anda Union: Hoorai Favoriting / Wind Horse (2:50:25 Pop-up)

WA Rubbers: Llamar a Un Gato Rojo Favoriting / Mou Ashi Beat (2:53:53 Pop-up)

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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 6:04pm katie:

glad you made it.
Avatar 6:04pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi Katie!
Avatar 6:04pm On the Yazoo:

Why does my head want to sway from side to side?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm katie:

Hi Bas
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Katie and greetings everyone! Had a little car trouble on the way, had to take the tram! Which of course is better for the planet... but I'm spoiled...
  6:22pm drunken creep:

Sounding wonderful! Been hearing that Sharhabeel Ahmed quite a bit lately, that track brings me a smile.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Rob W:

Yes, I learn from my fellow DJs - I heard the Sharhabeel Ahmed track on Samantha's show and knew I had to play it too!
Avatar 6:30pm TDK60:

Hola Rob and World, rockin' out again I see....hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Rob W:

Doing what we can, thanks TDK60!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Rob. Enjoying the program tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Rob W:

Thanks Ken, TDK60 and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm maestroso:

Just joining, digging this Kaynaşma... Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Smilty69:

Hello Rob and friends. I'll check out Niyaz next Saturday, if tix still available. They remind me a bit of Dead Can Dance. Thanks for the great set, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Rob Weisberg:

Yes Smilty69, that's a good call on the Niyaz influence! Actually singer Azam Ali goes further in that direction on her solo albums.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm хтinа:

cuneyt sepetci has me wishing i was out in a turkish nightclub tonight dang. will have to check that album out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm maestroso:

Drat! I'll be flying out on March 9. Will miss the Niyaz, would love to see them live.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm maestroso:

Wow, this Olga Bell piece is great.
Avatar 7:55pm Megaroni:

Greetings TPSP! Great world tour of music selections tonite, cheers to you from Brooklyn
Avatar 7:57pm Bas NL:

Not related to The Lost Bayou Boys by chance? I spent a great night with the Boys in NOLA some 15 years ago..
Avatar 7:59pm TDK60:

L.B.R. reminded me of The Band just a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Rob W:

Pretty sure there's no connection btw Lost Bayou Ramblers and Lost Bayou Boys - the Ramblers are younger and based in Lafayette (though they certainly spend lots of time in NOLA I'm sure!).
Avatar 8:07pm Bas NL:

I liked the Ramblers too. ;)
Avatar 8:17pm TDK60:

Yikes this band is f a s t ....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm katie:

This fiddle is amazing.
Avatar 8:25pm TDK60:

Well that fiddle was nice and scruffy.
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(Sorry, not tuned in. But am reading wfmu donation 4pager, rec'd recently. Wanted to say I'll be doing my usual donation PLUS 1%, something I started after Occupy. Maybe others will want to as well. Every little bit helps. End.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:41pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks so much Herb!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm maestroso:

Rapid 7/8 really gets me going! Chair dancing here...
Avatar 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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