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Options September 19, 2020:

Celebrating Global Music Month: New Multi-Culti Music of the US & Canada

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WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise joins in celebrating Global Music Month this September! Global Music Month is a collaborative online mega-festival featuring content from nineteen festivals and event producers in the US and Canada, most of whom normally present in-person festivals and concerts in the summer and autumn months. Because that's not possible this year they've teamed up to cross-promote online events all this month under the Global Music Month banner.

On tonight's show we celebrate Global Music Month and its spotlight on festivals in the US and Canada with three hours of new multi-culti music from the US and Canada!

The full daily schedule for Global Music Month is here.

Here's a highlight from this past week's Global Music Month offerings: New York's own Flushing Town Hall presents one of their fun Global Mash-Up concerts from 2018 - Balkans Meets El Barrio with Raya Brass Band & Spanglish Fly:

You can find out more and watch lots and lots of great live-streamed and archival performances from the nineteen and presenters listed below, all September, at:




Global Music Month participating festivals and presenters: Afro Roots Festival, Miami, FL, USA • Arts Midwest World Fest, Midwest, USA • Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto, Canada • BU Global Music Festival/Boston University, Boston, MA, USA • City of Chicago World Music Festival Chicago Chicago, IL, USA • Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY, USA • Global Roots Festival/The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA • ¡Globalquerque!, Albuquerque, NM, USA • Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, Bloomington, IN, USA • Madison World Music Festival/Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison, WI, USA • NY Gypsy Festival/ Drom, New York, NY, USA • Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, USA • Pop Montreal, Montreal, Canada • Seattle Sacred Music & Art Small World Festival, Toronto, Canada • TD Sunfest, London, Canada • URGNT TRNTO • West Lafayette Global Fest Purdue University/West Lafayette, IN, USA • World Music Institute, New York, NY, USA

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Curha    Curha II  Chant Records  Curtis Hasselbring, trombone    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Jim Kimo West and others  Na Ali'i   Options Aloha: Radio Hawaii  Rhymoi Music  Canadian guitarist who plays w/ “Weird Al” Yankovic but also plays Hawaiian slack key style    0:02:55 (Pop‑up)
Rami Gabriel  Inanga Guitar   Options Arabic Xhaman        0:09:40 (Pop‑up)
Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko  Vers Isfahan   Options Traversées  Ma Case      0:13:40 (Pop‑up)
Gordon Grdina's The Marrow  El Baz   Options Safar-E-Daroon  Songlines Recordings    *   0:16:42 (Pop‑up)
Redwood Tango Project  The Blindness That Makes It Possible   Options We Become the Night Sky  Caverns Records    *   0:20:34 (Pop‑up)
David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg  Shron   Options Breath and Hammer    Composed by Roberto Juan Rodriguez, arranged by Tagg    0:25:34 (Pop‑up)
Ben Holmes  Two "Oh No!"s and an "Oh!", no "No!"   Options Naked Lore  Chant Records  "A soundtrack to the folktales your great-grandparents vowed to forget"    0:28:51 (Pop‑up)
Nightingale Trio  Zamruknala e Xubava Jana (Bulgarian: Dusk Fell around Fair Jana)   Options Love Songs    "Love songs in many forms: songs of courting, of longing, of dismissing unwanted attention, of the devotion of an artist or a learner, the love in tending for a hearth."  *   0:38:31 (Pop‑up)
Sultans of String  El Bint el Shalabeya   Options Refuge  CEN  Song famously song by Fairouz from Lebanon - this recording features Syrian refugee Majd Sekkar, Algerian mandole player Fethi Nadjem, and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis  *   0:41:09 (Pop‑up)
Nohe & Sus Santos  Pajarito   Options Tempestad  Avokado Artists Recordings  Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (Bloomington, IN) streams a Nohe performance this Friday (Sept 26) as part of Global Music Month  *   0:44:21 (Pop‑up)
Baracutanga  Cuida Tus Espaldas (Watch Your Back)   Options Single        0:47:45 (Pop‑up)
Buscabulla  NTE   Options Regresa  Ribbon / Domino    *   0:52:47 (Pop‑up)
Lido Pimienta  Eso Que Tu Haces   Options Miss Colombia  Anti- ‎      0:55:28 (Pop‑up)
Neel Murgai  Moom Moom Gong Bong   Options Reorientation        1:06:24 (Pop‑up)
Sunny Jain  Maitri Bhavanu (ft. Ganavya)   Options Wild Wild East  Smithsonian Folkways  In the liner notes, Sunny - whose dad came to Rochester, NY from North India - writes: "I believe the immigrants are our current-day cowboy and cowgirl: a diverse cast of human beings from all corners of the world in search of freedom, a new way, a new life from what they knew before, courageous and by all accounts teaching and inspiring us all."    1:12:04 (Pop‑up)
Falsa  Aaj Rang Hai (Today There is Color Again)   Options American Sufi        1:18:20 (Pop‑up)
Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive  Africa 21   Options Ragmala  Meta Records      1:28:39 (Pop‑up)
Rini  Marina   Options Blue Carpet Sessions    Harini “Rini” Raghavan  *   1:41:37 (Pop‑up)
Toronto Tabla Ensemble  Monkey Tale   Options Unexpected Guests        1:45:52 (Pop‑up)
Mike Block and Balla Kouyate  Iniche Cosebe   Options Guzo      *   1:59:43 (Pop‑up)
Mark Stone  Kakaire   Options Kakaire        2:03:22 (Pop‑up)
Dr. Pete Larson and His Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band  Tano Tano Tano   Options Dr. Pete Larson and His Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band  Dagoretti Records      2:07:13 (Pop‑up)
Sebastian Cruz  La Fotografia   Options El Tigre      *   2:14:05 (Pop‑up)
Orkesta Mendoza  Paleta   Options Curandero  Glitterbeat ‎      2:16:26 (Pop‑up)
Battle of Santiago  Queen   Options Queen & Judgement  Made With Pencil Crayons    *   2:19:01 (Pop‑up)
Duende Libre  Lafe (Hamana)   Options The Dance She Spoke    The album title refers to concepts pioneering ethnomusicologist Ruth M. Stone learned about in her field work in Liberia  *   2:23:23 (Pop‑up)
Nation Beat  Forró de Dois Amigos   Options The Royal Chase  Avokado Artists Recordings  Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (Bloomington, IN) streams a Nation Beat performance this Thursday (Sept 25) as part of Global Music Month  *   2:35:37 (Pop‑up)
ZRNA  FDT   Options Single      *   2:40:17 (Pop‑up)
Raif Hyseni  Vicianum   Options Raif Hyseni 24      *   2:44:54 (Pop‑up)
Sonido Pesao  Escapate   Options Todo Revuelto      *   2:50:10 (Pop‑up)
Captain Planet feat. Chico Mann  Rebosando   Options No Visa  Bastard Jazz Recordings    *   2:56:54 (Pop‑up)

WFMU and WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise denounce explicit and implicit racism; condemn the culture of white supremacy, which enables the brutalization of black people and other communities of color, and support Black Lives Matter and the movement it stands for.

Here's a link to WFMU's Public Service page with links and info for / related to racial justice issues, coronavirus testing, food and economic assistance, musician aid, voting rights organizations and lots more: https://wfmu.org/psa/.

Also: BRIC has an extensive and regularly updated pandemic crisis resource list on its website with artists, performers etc. in mind but relevant for everyone. See it here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/blog/resources-artists-during-public-health-crisis.

For a list, with links, of organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees. click here.

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Check out the Transpacific Sound Paradise All-Time African Music Faves Spotify Playlist at http://tiny.cc/tsp-africa. Here's a live performance of one of the gems that's also on our playlist:

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 5:49pm chresti:

Hi Rob and sound paradisios!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm mariano:

Hey Rob, Ruth, chresti, everyone. Love this Curha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm steveo:

Greetings! Sorry if this in the FAQ, but may I know who is the vocalist on your opening theme?
  6:04pm M&K:

Yo yo yo you so groovy
Avatar 6:07pm Ruth Booth:

Long time! Mariano
Avatar 🎸 6:07pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob & worldly crew!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Worldwide greetings, all! Hi, Ruth!
Avatar 6:09pm TDK60:

Hi Rob, happy day of Saturn and fall temperatures in the Jersey City metro.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Rob W:

@ steveo - my better half Katie Gentile does the vocal on the open! She plays violin in a band called "Special Pillow".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm McGroovey:

OK, a few minutes ago I want to hear Todd keep going past 6:00, but now it's past 6:00 and I want to hear Rob keep playing music past 9:00.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm steveo:

thanks, Rob! wonderful!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:27pm chresti:

Thank you for bringing the festivals to us, Rob and Ruth Booth
Avatar 🎸 6:28pm Bas NL:

Got to enjoy your Marathon Premium 'Switched-on' today Rob; it's great! (Swag arrived yesterday.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm mariano:

That's a robust cumbia.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm radioronan:

Good evening Rob & global citizens of the comment board!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm mariano:

Damn! Missed my chance to say "Mamma mia! That's a robust-a cumbia!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm WR:

U zed et Mariano! Hi all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm mariano:

Hey WR.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm adamdoesit:

Thanks for reminding me about the diverse, inclusive, musically absorptive US (and Canada) that I love, Rob (and Ruth). Really need it tonight.
Avatar 7:22pm TDK60:

Beautiful voices, sounds.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:24pm chresti:

Very nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm PaulRobeson1920:

WFMU sounding good! Good evening music lovers!
Avatar 7:37pm TDK60:

This is a massive cut.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Rob and all
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:04pm deesat:

Hi Rob - intriguing music, as always!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, all! Greetings from between the US and Canadia.

Kate tried to post this comment, and the system wouldn't let her for some reason, but:

Hello Rob and WFMU Friends! Greetings from Handy H and Kate from the woods of Maine...Saturday is not Saturday without Transpacificsoundparadise, which I (Kate) always, ALWAYS love to sing along with the theme song...
Avatar 8:05pm litmus0001:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm mariano:

Good evening, Handy and Kate!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Handy Haversack:

We're California cheating here (on such an autumn's day) -- fire in the wood stove. chresti, hope things are doing some better.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:16pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Been digging the show since the beginning, whilst bbqing in this autumn weather.
  8:17pm winston legthigh:

halloo kate and handy!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:18pm Handy Haversack:

winston! Mariano! Hey, pals!

Going down into the mid-thirties up here tonight. So weird. The dog is pointedly claiming a blanket.
Avatar 8:19pm litmus0001:

@Rob. I'd be surprised if you hadnt heard of Horse Lords out of Baltimore. Very similar to the West African guitar × Disciipline-era King Crimson thing. But guitar and bass fretted to microtonal scales with just intonation. 2 drummers,one of who also goes to sax and delivers "sheets of sound". I think you'd dig it.

We saw them in Portland a few years ago and my wife called it "adderall jazz". Pretty apt.
  8:19pm winston legthigh:

mr pipes is what kind of dog may i ask?
Avatar 8:19pm litmus0001:

Eeeeek?!?!? Did someone fall on the board?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hiya, Kate, Handy and your little dog, too!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:25pm chresti:

Hi Handy and mariano! Fire went the other direction, smoke has cleared a bit on our side, thanks.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, chresti. Any aftershocks today?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:29pm chresti:

AQI is 185 right now.
Hi Ken, yes, do not feel them as they have been at lower magnitudes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm PaulRobeson1920:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm mariano:

Hi chresti!

Also, did somebody say they had Adderall? Asking for a friend.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:40pm chresti:

Would Ritalin or Vivarin do?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Handy Haversack:

winston, Bagpipe is a catahoula/pit bull mix (that's a catahoula leopard cur, Mariano, state dog of Louisiana!).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm PaulRobeson1920:

This song reminds me of The Doors
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:45pm chresti:

Ken, Last night we felt it good, epicenter is about 5 miles away from us, there was a good jolt and shudder. A bottle of dishwashing detergent fell in the sink.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm PaulRobeson1920:

ZRNA very cool
  8:48pm winston legthigh:

wish u guys all the best in the great white north handy.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks, winston! We were paddling on the bay today. That water is coooold.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:52pm chresti:

That cold water sounds great, Handy.
  8:54pm winston legthigh:

somebody said the ocean is 87 degrees here. thats nvts
Avatar 8:54pm Megaroni:

Great show tonite Rob :)!, thanks for making this evening so filled with cool music
Avatar 8:55pm Cp304:

<—leans like a chola..good evening peoples
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:55pm chresti:

Wow, that´s hot, Winston.
Avatar 8:56pm TDK60:

Night Rob. Spock salute, \\//
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Handy Haversack:

It was pretty nice, chresti. Cold green water, bald eagles, one pouty dog, a stiff breeze, and nothing else we had to do.

Thanks, Rob! Thanks, crew!

Great to be catch some time here with you fine people. Hope to see some of you at Marty's.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Glad it wasn't any worse, chresti. Thanks, Rob and the skeleton bunch!
Avatar 🎸 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm radioronan:

Thanks Rob - Thanks skeleton crew.. Be well Be kind Be heard!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm chresti:

Hola Cp!
Salute TDK60
Thanks Rob and crew!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm PaulRobeson1920:

Thanks Rob and Skeltons! Good stuff!
Avatar 8:58pm Cp304:

Hola Chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm mariano:

Thank you Rob W, Skeletons, bye all!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:59pm chresti:

Likewise radioronan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone, take care!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:00pm chresti:

Thanks all nighter Darren!
  9:06pm winston legthigh:

all the best chresti, handy. u guys really pick me up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob! take care
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