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Saturday, February 2, 2019 Options
Youssra El Hawary: A Compelling New Voice From Egypt

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Cairo-based Youssra El Hawary is an innovative and engaging songwriter and Paris-trained accordionist. Her bio notes: "In a very short time, Youssra became one of the strongest, most popular female voices on Egypt’s independent music scene, but the real turning point was her 2012 YouTube hit single El Soor (The Wall) [video below], a bold, biting statement about the political situation in Egypt.

Youssra El Hawary's excellent debut album No'oum Nasyeen was produced by Adham Zidan. [Adham is a member of Cairo-based band The Invisible Hands. a collaboration with Alan Bishop (of Sun City Girls and the influential record label Sublime Frequencies).] And - it was Egypt's first-ever crowd-funded album!

Youssra and band toured the US for the first time this fall. The tour was made possible by Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. We are thrilled that the tour included a stop at WFMU for their Garden State radio debut!

Massive thanks to Adham "Eddie" Zidan for mixing our session, with assistance from WFMU's own Mark Koch; to Deirdre Valente and Lisa Booth of Lisa Booth management, and tour manager Teresa Teague.

The photo above, by Sachyn Mital, is from Youssra El Hawary and her band's performance as part of Lincoln Center's great free Rubenstein Atrium performance series.


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This Week's Playlist:

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Peter Tosh & The Wailers: Don't Look Back Options / The Toughest / Heartbeat Records (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Coulibaly Tidiane & Dafra Star: Ram Passomaye Options / Various Artists: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta / Numero Group (0:03:35 Pop‑up)

Rodrigue Millien et Son Groupe Combite Creole: 6ème Leçon Options / Various Artists: Haiti Direct: Big Band Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds 1960-78 / Strut (0:09:30 Pop‑up)

Marie Helen Et Ses Créol's: Séga Le Sport Options / Various Artists: Ote Maloya / Strut / * (0:14:15 Pop‑up)

Hama Sankare: Remobe Options / Niafunke / Clermont / * (0:21:10 Pop‑up)

Harouna Samake: Lanaya Fouru Options / Kamale Blues / NCB / * (0:24:45 Pop‑up)

Salif Keita: Itarafo Options / Un Autre Blanc / Naïve / * (0:29:09 Pop‑up)

Remmy Ongala: Karola Options / Songs for the Poor Man / Real World (0:34:18 Pop‑up)

Toto Necessité: Coq Options / An Ba Besmint / Mini Records (0:39:44 Pop‑up)

Tabu Ley Rochereau & Mbilia Bel: Sina Mambo Options / La Beauté d'une Femme / Gaeta (0:45:21 Pop‑up)

Asere: Changüí Pa Mi Gente Options / Live / Asere / * (0:56:04 Pop‑up)
GIGs: As part of Havana Cuba All Stars @ Bergen Pac in Englewood, NJ this Thurs night Feb 7 (and on a slew of other North American tour dates)

Youssra El Hawary and her band: Fi Alshawarie Options / Live on WFMU (1:07:48 Pop‑up)
"On the Streets"

Youssra El Hawary and her band: Bas Kollo Yehoon Options / Live on WFMU (1:18:55 Pop‑up)

Youssra El Hawary and her band: Maron Galaseh Options / Live on WFMU (1:24:05 Pop‑up)

Youssra El Hawary and her band: Bahebb Agheeb Options / Live on WFMU (1:31:38 Pop‑up)
"Hide and Seek"

Youssra El Hawary and her band: Wana Mashi Options / Live on WFMU (1:36:24 Pop‑up)

Youssra El Hawary and her band: El Soor Options / Live on WFMU (1:43:47 Pop‑up)

Maryam Saleh/Tamer Abu Ghazaleh/Maurice Louca: Ekaa Maksour Options / Lekhfa / Mostakell (1:47:17 Pop‑up)

Tootard: Musiqa Options / Laissez Passer / Glitterbeat (1:51:46 Pop‑up)

Shiran: Nifrah Farah Options / Shiran / Batov Records / * (1:55:08 Pop‑up)

47Soul: Machina Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:58:32 Pop‑up)
GIG: 47 Soul + Underground System @ BRIC House, Brooklyn, Thursday, 7 March, 8 pm

Amal Murkus: Taht Elkhail Options / Na'na Ya Na'Na (2:01:29 Pop‑up)

Muluk el Hwa: Ghziel Miel Options / Cançons De Jmà-El-Fnà / Di-fusió Mediterrània (2:05:07 Pop‑up)

Zaïko Langa Langa: Zaiko Wa Wa Options / Various Artists: African Cavalcade / RetroAfric (2:11:41 Pop‑up)

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Kanto Kalena (featuring Habib Koite) Options / Miri / Out | Here Records / * (2:22:53 Pop‑up)
GIG: Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba + Habib Koite @ Le Poisson Rouge, Fri March 15th

Fatoumata Diawara: Bonya Options / Fenfo (Something To Say) / Shanachie / * (2:26:37 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sat March 30th, 7:30 pm @ Le Poisson Rouge

Okonkolo: Ochún Options / Cantos / Big Crown Records / * (2:30:12 Pop‑up)

Grupo Bahía : Descarga Corazón Sincero Options / Pura Chonta Recargado / Grupo Bahía (2:33:29 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Grupo Bahia Trio featuring Hugo Candelario & Nidia Gongora @ Terraza 7, Gleane St., Elmhurst, Queens, Tues Feb 12 @ 10 pm and at Nublu 151, 151 Avenue C, Fri Feb 15, 11 pm until late

Kakande: Temedi Kota Options / Dununya / Jumbie Records (2:41:24 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Sat's March 2 and April 6 @ the Shrine in Harlem (they play the first Sat. most months); Sat May 4 w/ Lemon Bucket Orchestra @ Flushing Town Hall

3MA feat. Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery: Anfaz Options / Anarouz / Six Degrees (2:50:24 Pop‑up)
GIGs: City Winery NYC Mar 15, McCarter Thea, Princeton NJ, Mar 16

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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.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety and well-being.

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.

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm chresti:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm S_Rah:

et alors de bon musique francophone merci
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm Bas NL:

Headphones set to full power here! I love this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Stanley:

Salif Keita was one of the best concerts I ever went to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Rob W:

Salif Keita is one of the great ones Stanley. He says the new album is his last - he's retiring from music...
  6:39pm lilmaloulou:

I have a Corolla...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm Stanley:

Rob: I didn't know that. I wish him well and a long retirement.
Sweet mix of old an new tonight.
  6:51pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and TSPers.
  7:09pm Brendan:

thanks so much for doing the show Rob it's the first time I've actually caught
it live and I'm loving it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Rob W:

Glad you've enjoyed it Brendan and hi Carmichael!
  7:13pm Carmichael:

Psyched to see Richard Thompson in just a few hours!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Bas NL:

Have a fun night @Carmichael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Rob W:

Have a great time Carmichael!
  7:34pm Carmichael:

Should be fun. This music is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Ken From Hyde Park:

<applause> Thanks for bringing Youssra tonight, Rob. Good sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Ken, Carmichael and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Bas NL:

Great sounds Youssra El Hawary & band! And excellent recording!
  Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Fermatseye:

Youssra and friends- so beautiful!! Thank you!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Rob W:

Thank you Fermatseye on behalf of everyone!
  7:52pm Carmichael:

Would love to see her live! Come to CA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Doobois:

LOL, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Smilty69:

Wonderful show, Rob. I hope everyone has a great weekend
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Rob W:

Thanks Smilty, same here, great weekend everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Great show!
Avatar 9:55pm slugluv1313:

fantastic show, Rob!
will catch what i missed via the archives -- have a great week!!!
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