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Options February 1, 2020:

Zhou Family Band From Eastern China Live: Exuberance and Virtuosity

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For generations, the Zhou Family, from Lingbi, Anhui Province, Eastern China, has played boisterous, exuberant - yet remarkably precise - horn-and-percussion music called Bolin Laba. It's music for weddings, funerals and everything in between.

Now they're bringing the music to international stages, from England's legendary WOMAD Festival to Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music - where in fact they'll perform on Wednesday night February 5th. (They're also playing a daytime Lunar New Year / Chinese cultural event at Webster University in the St. Louis area on Monday and a similar evening evening event at Middle Tennesee State University a week from tonight, Saturday February 8th.)

We're honored that the Zhou Family Band will make its US radio debut on WFMU!

Zhang Xin from Beijing Music Radio also joins us to translate and provide background.

Zhou Family Band: https://www.zhoufamilyband.com/

Massive thanks to Mu Qian for making this happen and to our illustrious engineer Mike Cohen!

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Juana Molina  Vagos Punk   Options Forfun  Crammed Discs    *   0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Aterciopelados  Florecita Rockera   Options El Dorado  BMG  GIGs: Thursday 09 April 2020 Webster Hall; Saturday 11 April 2020 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ,    0:03:02 (Pop‑up)
Nivid  Nationalism is Fun   Options Mernā  Barren Sound    *   0:07:59 (Pop‑up)
Sunny Jain  Wild Wild East   Options Wild Wild East  Smithsonian Folkways    *   0:10:53 (Pop‑up)
Kazan  Da Bin Znala   Options Ružo  Geenger    *   0:15:37 (Pop‑up)
Pokošovci Band   Bill Me Bandare   Options Pokošovci 2 - Ľudová Hudba  Môlča    *   0:20:18 (Pop‑up)
Trebunie Tutki  Oko Moje   Options Folk Karnawal  Tutki      0:21:15 (Pop‑up)
Muzsikás & Amadinda  Improvizáció   Options Live  Budapest Vinyl    *   0:24:02 (Pop‑up)
Lamia Bèdioui & Solis Barki  My Glorious Aunt   Options Fin'amor  Lamia Bèdioui      0:33:59 (Pop‑up)
Groove Lele & Ernst Reijseger  Oh Lele   Options Zembrocal Musical  Winter & Winter      0:38:29 (Pop‑up)
Ann O'Aro  Lo Shien   Options Ann O'Aro  Buda Musique      0:43:03 (Pop‑up)
Jean-Claude Viadère  Moin La Pas Fait Tout Seul   Options Various Artists: Oté Maloya - The Birth of Electric Maloya on Réunion Island 1975-1986  Strut      0:46:50 (Pop‑up)
Codona  Hey Da Ba Doom   Options Codona 3  ECM      0:51:18 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Red Forever   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased      1:05:15 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Interview   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased      1:09:05 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Song For New Baby   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased      1:14:16 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Song of Respect to Heaven, Earth and Ancestors   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased      1:19:43 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Regional Opera Song From Central China   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased  They use high-pitched suona (shawm) to imitate the voices of three different singers while shawm (mouth organ) plays the instrumental parts    1:27:30 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Regional Opera Song II   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased      1:36:32 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  Picking Dates   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased      1:43:34 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Family Band  100 Birds Saluting the Phoenix   Options Live on WFMU  Unreleased  On this song the suona (shawms) are imitating bird calls    1:50:19 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Benming  Líng Guǒ (Spiritual Fruit) 灵果   Options Awakening The Spirit of the Chinese Percussion Instruments: Inheriting Pioneer Music Works - World Suona Original Album  Zhou Family  Composed by Zhou Benming and Su Yi and arranged by Su Yi    1:57:45 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Benming  Dòu Lè (Music Competition) 斗乐   Options Awakening The Spirit of the Chinese Percussion Instruments: Inheriting Pioneer Music Works - World Suona Original Album  Zhou Family  Arranged by Su Yi    2:02:35 (Pop‑up)
Sančuari  Heandarat   Options Šleaŋgáčuoivvat  DAT O.S      2:09:15 (Pop‑up)
Ginger Baker  Mektoub   Options Middle Passage  Axiom      2:14:16 (Pop‑up)
Land of Kush  Trema   Options Sand Enigma  Constellation  Vocals (and lyrics) by Nadah El Shazly  *   2:20:56 (Pop‑up)
Dave Soldier  Water and Fire   Options Zalal  Mulatta  Vocals: Triana Bautista. Text from Al-A'Ma at-Tutili, the blind poet of Tudela (12th Century)  *   2:28:29 (Pop‑up)
Terremoto de Jerez  No Me Mires Malament   Options Various Artists; Legends of Gypsy Flamenco II  ARC Music      2:34:13 (Pop‑up)
Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto"  Maria Lisi   Options Anana Funk Hip 1970–1975  Pharaway Sounds      2:36:58 (Pop‑up)
Rumba Tres  Rumbita Tru, La, La   Options Various Artists: Rumbita Buena  Pharaway Sounds      2:40:41 (Pop‑up)
Chucho Valdés  Chucho's Mood   Options Jazz Batá 2  Mack Avenue      2:48:39 (Pop‑up)
Tuareg Women of the Tamesguidda Tribe  Azale   Options Tuareg Music of the Southern Sahara  Smithsonian Folkways  Vinyl reissue of 1960 Folkways album; recorded by Finola Holiday and Geoffrey Holiday  *   2:55:39 (Pop‑up)

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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.

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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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm chresti:

Hello sound paradise, from San Gabriel, CA.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm mariano:

Hey Rob and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
  6:07pm swk:

This is very good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm full metal monkey:

Hi Rob and everyone out there
  6:09pm Monica:

Saw Aterciopelados at Prospect Park last summer and they were awesome. Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm Rob W:

Thanks for the scene report Monica!
Avatar 6:14pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob and TSP listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm mariano:

I love that Aterciopelados song "No llores".
Avatar 6:20pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob and everyone!
Happy *almost* Imbolc and Ground Hog Day :)
yes, Aterciopelados are freakin' awesome!!! saw them some years ago -- Central Park Summerstage, i think?
  6:26pm Listener Robert:

This Trebunie Tutki reminds me of Grandma & Grampa's Yugoslav records.
  6:29pm ewa:

hello this is Ewa from Poland, now sitting in Prague
I am listening to the music and wow! so nice to hear the Highlander music from my country:)
I love folk musi c, here is my

bardzo dziekuje za cudowna muzyke swiata! milego wieczoru
Avatar 6:30pm slugluv1313:

@ Listener Robert -- Muszikás and Amadina are reminding me of The Hungarian Radio Hour, Sunday afternoons when i was a kid . . . not to mention a lot of the weddings i went to way back then!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm mariano:

That's really cool, Ewa - I look forward to watching the videos in the link.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:35pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, Poland! And the other cool places and people!
  6:37pm william:

Listening in Prague to your lovely central European, music...is this what it's like to drive through New Jersey at 6:36?
Avatar 6:38pm slugluv1313:

@ ewa -- hello from New Jersey!
yes! i am also looking forward to checking out your music!
  6:41pm Mary Wing:

Hi Rob and TSP fans! What time are you playing the Zhou Family Band live set? I need to run out for a bit and don't want to miss it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Rob W:

Mary: Top of the hour!
  6:46pm Mary Wing:

Ah, okay, I'll wait and go out afterward.
Hi Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm chresti:

A celebrity DJ, Mary Wing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Smilty69:

Codona track is uber chill
Avatar 7:04pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...This is a great Program.
Happy Metal Rat Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Smilty69:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Megaroni:

Very cool TPSP! A Chinese New Year celebration with live music guests
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm ParUbi:

Such a cool interview and performance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Rob W:

Thanks Par Ubi, Megaroni and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm maestroso:

This is so great, thanks Rob! I love this translator too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Rob W:

Thanks Maestroso. Yes I will have to look up her radio shows!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Handy Haversack:

Just tuned back in -- sounds so good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Nicely done. Who gets engineering credits? It sounds so good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm listener 126464:

Superb show and whoa, Aterciopelados in Asbury Park in a couple months w/Los Amigos Invisibles
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Rob W:

Thanks Handy Haversack and Ken. Mike Cohen gets the plaudits for engineering!
Avatar 7:41pm slugluv1313:

FANTASTIC! yes, Metal Rat indeed!
  7:46pm Cabbage:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm chresti:

Avatar 8:02pm slugluv1313:

so beautiful!
  8:02pm Mary Wing:

Great sounds, thanks, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm maestroso:

Wonderful sounds, thanks Rob! Could you post her name in Chinese characters?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Rob W:

Thanks Mary, sorry you had to delay your exit!
  8:05pm Mary Wing:

It was worth it, though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Rob W:

Maestroso: Do you mean Zhang Xin from Beijing Music Radio? I actually don't have it handy digitally - I will have to figure it out and get back to you separately but yes, there are a few Zhang Xins out there but I can't find her in English at leaat...
  8:07pm Mary Wing:

Oh and wow, you changed the playlist to the standard accu-playlist! (I know why, too!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm ParUbi:

The band itself is 周 家 班
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Cabbage:

Can I "favorite" songs if I'm using a desktop?
  8:13pm NIKHOLIS:

I keep hearing gang of four. . . In the music
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm Rob W:

Yes, sad about Andy Gill Nikholis. I once interviewed Gang of Four's drummer Hugo Burnham back in 1982 for my college newspaper! He's actually an arts / communication prof up in Massachusetts these days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm ParUbi:

Too young. Too many "too young" recently.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Armando:

Wow, what a voice on Triana Bautista on that Dave Soldier tune.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm maestroso:

@Rob @ 8:06 - yes, that's who I meant.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm chresti:

Thanks Rob for the nice show!
Avatar 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! I loved the live session by the Zhou Family Band! Great traditional music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Smilty69:

Wonderful show, Rob! Thanks Zhou Family Band!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm ParUbi:

I tried to go to the Beijing Music Radio website and got an error, which translates to "Sorry, your access is blocked because the URL you visit may pose a security threat to the website"
Avatar 9:03pm slugluv1313:

aghhhhh not Andy Gill!
always loved his *serious* guitar style/stance
Rob, that is so cool about Hugo! Gang played at Rutgers while i was there & volunteering with their concert committee; a friend of mine was married to Hugo for a bit :)
thanks for another wonderful show! have a great week!
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