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Options February 8, 2020:

Fafa Ruffino and Niariu From Les Amazones d’Afrique: New Voices From Africa, With a Message

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Les Amazones d’Afrique is an inter-generational collective of gifted vocalists, mostly women, mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa via Europe. It's a musical project with a mission: To support the empowerment of women in Africa and around the world. Fafa Ruffino and Niariu are two superb singers currently touring with the group and featured on the new album Amazones Power (Real World Records). We're delighted that they'll join us on WFMU!

TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see the Grammy-nominated Malian-via-Paris singer Fatoumata Diawara at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street in Manhattan on Friday February 21st, 8 pm (with an opening set by Guatemalan-via-Los Angeles singer Gaby Moreno)!

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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 TONIGHT. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Haustor  Moja Prva Ljubav   Options Haustor  Jugoton      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Junior Soul  Glendevon Special   Options Various Artists: Derrick Harriott Rock Steady 1966-1969  Dub Store Records       0:06:03 (Pop‑up)
The Bliues Busters  Tell Me Why   Options Various Artists: Coxsone's Music: The First Recordings of Sir Coxsone, The Downbeat 1960-63  Soul Jazz      0:09:23 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Palmieri   Lázaro Y Su Microfono-   Options The Sun Of Latin Music  Fania      0:11:08 (Pop‑up)
Chano Pozo  Conga de los Dandys   Options Chano Pozo: El Tambor de Cuba  Tumbao Cuban Classics ‎      0:14:13 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Benson And His Combo  Taxi Driver, I Don't Care   Options Various Artists: Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa  Honest Jon's      0:17:01 (Pop‑up)
Jean-Bosco Mwenda  Twafuahi Mwaka Mupia   Options Jean-Bosco Mwenda  Mississippi  New anthology  *   0:20:19 (Pop‑up)
George Sibanda  Gijima Mfana   Options Various Artists: Bulawayo Blue Yodel  Mississippi  New compilation  *   0:23:03 (Pop‑up)
The Good Ones  Young People Are the Future   Options Rwanda, You Should Be Loved  Anti-  GIG: Friday May 29, 7 pm @ Elebash Hall at The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, Manhattan, presented by Live Sounds  *   0:25:51 (Pop‑up)
Sam Lee  Worthy Wood   Options Old Wow  Cooking Vinyl    *   0:34:32 (Pop‑up)
Jodelfisch  Hoch Auf Jenem Berg   Options Neue Gezeiten  Beste! Unterhaltung      0:39:04 (Pop‑up)
Tautumeitas  Klusit   Options Dziesmas No Aulejas  CPL Music    *   0:42:58 (Pop‑up)
Reant Sette  Les Despartita   Options Solo Chants De Haute Provence (a Cappella):  Buda Musique      0:44:33 (Pop‑up)
Yandong Grand Singers  The Waters of Fulu River   Options Everyone Listen Close  Pan    *   0:47:11 (Pop‑up)
Crystal Beth  Push Thru   Options Push Thru  Crystal Beth     *   0:48:51 (Pop‑up)
Hartyga  Chavydak   Options Agitator  Sketis Music      0:54:13 (Pop‑up)
Les Amazones d’Afrique  Dogon   Options Amazones Power  Real World  Feat. Mamani Keïta  *   1:05:11 (Pop‑up)
Fafa Ruffino and Niariu From Les Amazones d’Afrique  Interview   Options N/A  N/A      1:11:48 (Pop‑up)
Les Amazones d’Afrique  Heavy   Options Amazones Power  Real World  Feat. Niariu, Boy Fall & Jon Grace  *   1:20:26 (Pop‑up)
Les Amazones d’Afrique  Love   Options Amazones Power  Real World  Feat. Mamani Keïta  *   1:25:47 (Pop‑up)
Les Amazones d’Afrique  Fights   Options Amazones Power  Real World  Feat. Fafa Ruffino  *   1:36:13 (Pop‑up)
Les Amazones d’Afrique  Smile   Options Amazones Power  Real World  Feat. Niariu & Ami Yerewolo  *   1:43:09 (Pop‑up)
Les Amazones d’Afrique  Power   Options Amazones Power  Real World    *   1:50:02 (Pop‑up)
Fatoumata Diawara  Kokoro   Options Fenfo (Something To Say)  Shanachie  GIG / GIVEAWAY: Follow the instructions on this page to get in the running for a pair of tix to see Fatoumata Diawara @ Town Hall Friday Feb 21!    1:59:50 (Pop‑up)
Oumou Sangaré  Djoukourou   Options Mogoya  No Format  GIG: Apollo Theater Africa Now! Concert, Saturday night April 4th    2:03:08 (Pop‑up)
Taxis Stamou  Taximi #2   Options D.a.d.  Discrepant    *   2:11:19 (Pop‑up)
Issam Hajali  Yawma Konna   Options Mouasalat Ila Jacad El Ard  Habibi Funk    *   2:13:43 (Pop‑up)
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek  Oy Oy Emine   Options Kar Yagar  Les Disques Bongo Joe    *   2:17:36 (Pop‑up)
Zenobia  Ksr Ksr Ksr   Options Halak Halak  Crammed Discs    *   2:20:52 (Pop‑up)
Pixvae  La Balsada   Options Cali  Les Disques Bongo Joe  Based in Lyons, France though their inspiration comes from the Pacific Coast of Colombia    2:24:26 (Pop‑up)
Bantou Mentale  Bakoko   Options Bantou Mentale  Glitterbeat      2:30:39 (Pop‑up)
Orchestre Bana Luya  Animation Kifuti (Martin Meissonnier reconstruction)   Options Kinshasa 1978  Crammed Discs    *   2:36:26 (Pop‑up)
Stevo Atambire  Do Good feat. Medikal   Options Teach Me  Akwaaba      2:51:00 (Pop‑up)
Michael Brun, GuiltyBeatz & Mr. Eazi  Akwaaba Ayiti (ft. DJ Bullet, Dro & J Perry).   Options Single  Kid Coconut    *   2:54:47 (Pop‑up)

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Email here to JOIN the TSP E-MAIL LIST for giveaways, show news!

If you want to be on an email list for special ticket and music giveaways and to hear news about upcoming specials and special events send an email to Rob W here and be sure to write "list" in the subject line.

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see https://www.bustle.com/p/9-immigration-organizations-to-donate-to-if-you-want-to-support-daca-recipients-80757.)

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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:04pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm chresti:

Hi TS Paradise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

greetings, Rob and folx!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm chresti:

Hi Granny and Bas!
Avatar 6:14pm Bas NL:

Hi chresti! Hi folks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm Smilty69:

Que tal, Rob & amigos!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar 6:18pm Marc Francis:

Hi Rob! Hi all y'all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm SeanG:

epic songs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm ParUbi:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm listener 126464:

Don't mess with Crystal Beth, thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Smilty69:

Crystal Beth is my choice of singer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Having Crystal Seth on background vocals would be a pretty neat addition.
Avatar 7:01pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Rob brings the whole World !
...We are privileged.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm ParUbi:

We sure are!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm chresti:

Yes indeed we are!
Avatar 7:18pm хtina:

wowie.. Haustor takes me back. Is it too late to make a yugoSKAvia joke? hehe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Rob W:

Oddly enough хtina I had heard of Haustor's frontman Darko Rundek (who later had a couple of internationally-distributed albums on the German label Piranha) but I didn't realize until stumbling upon them last week that Haustor is where he came from!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Rob W:

But yes, yugoSKAvia indeed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm Ike:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm deesat:

These women are amazing! Great interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Rob W:

Thanks deesat and everyone!
  8:08pm upstate sean:

Sounding great Rob
Longtime listener, off and on, lots of lurking - love what you are doing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm maestroso:

Pixvae frequent my playlist quite often! Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Rob W:

I confess I haven't played Pixvae as much as I could have but yes, they are excellent!
  8:36pm JT:

Loving this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Megaroni:

TPSP concert calendar! Great community asset, thank you Rob
  8:47pm Cabbage:

Just got stood up. But I love the tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Rob W:

Oh I'm sorry Cabbage, I hope WFMU can help ease the pain!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Smilty69:

Wonderful show, Rob! Thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm chresti:

Digging the Orchestre Bana Luya
  8:53pm Cabbage:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm chresti:

Thanks Rob, always great stuff!
  8:55pm Cabbage:

The absence of pain is happiness, and I'm not in pain from this change of plans, so I reckon I'm happy, and I know in in good company with WFMU and y'all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. See you next time.
Avatar 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone! I"ll be away next week, Donna will be filling in playing a lot of deep African music I'm sure. I'll see you in a coupole of weeks. Thanks for listening!
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