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Options October 3, 2020:

Tusk Festival: Moulay Ahmed Elhassani: Electric Roots From Morocco

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Moulay Ahmed Elhassani is a prolific Moroccan artist doing things his own way: Recording at home and playing every instrument! His fifty-plus albums released in Morocco feature original songs blending traditional and modern styles. Hive Mind Records released his first international album, Atlas Electric , in 2018.

We hear Ahmed as part of WFMU's collaboration with the adventurous Tusk festival - usually held in Newcastle UK but this year online and on WFMU.

Above: A video clip of Ahmed warming up for his Tusk Festival performance (apologies, the aspect ratio is a little off). Here's more on Moulay Ahmed Elhassani (from https://tuskfestival.com/artists/moulay-ahmed-elhassani/):

Though he’s released over 50 albums on cassette in his home country of Morocco, Ahmed is barely known at all outside his home country. Running the show in true DIY style, he plays and records all parts of his music (with occasional guest vocalists) at home and releasing mostly through his own label Sawt El Hassani.

The sound he has created spans the generations, blending the folk music of the Amazigh (Berber) people with chaabi and rai and realizing the result with synths, autotune and psychedelic microtonal guitar playing. Its a baked and dreamy sound that he’s created, female vocals and reverb adding a seductive heat-haze shimmer.

Thanks to our friends at Hive Mind Records, Moulay Ahmed Elhassani is now finding a new audience outside Morocco and hopes to make his first appearances on the European festival circuit next year (would’ve been this year but, you know..). Hive Mind put together a collection of his standout recordings for the album Atlas Electric, which has been well received over here, especially at TUSK HQ. We’re excited to give him some more international exposure and we think you might just love his ancient/modern tales of love and loss too.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
Habte Awalom  Addis Adrashashin   Options Single  Meddy Records  1985      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Mulatu Astatke and Black Jesus Experience  Ambassa Lemdi   Options To Know Without Knowing  Agogo    Black Jesus Experience is based in Melbourne, Australia  *   0:05:23 (Pop‑up)
Etenesh Girma  Ababile   Options Various Artists Ililta!: New Ethiopian Dance Music  Terp  2009      0:11:26 (Pop‑up)
Ozferti  Hagir Fikir (Love of the Country) feat Eténèsh Wassié   Options Solarius Gamma  Humpty Dumpty      *   0:16:38 (Pop‑up)
Zazou Bikaye  Nakangi   Options Mr. Manager  Crammed Discs    Reissue of 1985 EP with many tracks added  *   0:25:00 (Pop‑up)
Ekow Shallo & Samini  Laluu   Options Jay Q - Jama & Hiplife King  Akwaaba Music      *   0:28:33 (Pop‑up)
Kazuyuki Sekiguchi & Sazan All Stars  Minami Taiheyo Ondo (Caribbean Version)   Options World Hits!? of Southern All Stars  Victor Japan        0:33:40 (Pop‑up)
Minyo Crusaders & Frente Cumbiero  Mambonegro Daisakusen   Options Minyo Cumbiero: From Tokyo to Bogota  Mais Um Discos      *   0:37:00 (Pop‑up)
Various Artists: Los Viajeros Siderales  El Champanero   Options La Locura de Machuca 1975​-​1980  Analog Africa      *   0:40:49 (Pop‑up)
Manzanita y su Conjunto  Manzaneando   Options Manzaneando Con Manzanita  XM    New Reissue of 1974 LP from Peru  *   0:43:32 (Pop‑up)
Meridian Brothers  Cumbia de la Igalidad   Options Cumbia Siglo XXI  Les Disques Bongo Joe      *   0:51:22 (Pop‑up)
Bab L’Bluz  Africa   Options Nayda!  Real World      *   0:54:56 (Pop‑up)
Afel Bocoum  Avion   Options Lindé  World Circuit      *   1:00:36 (Pop‑up)
Moulay Ahmed el Hassani  Tusk Festival Performance   Options From his home in Beni Mellal, Morocco        *   1:09:15 (Pop‑up)
N to the Power  The God Particle   Options Autogenesis  Xenotone      *   2:15:18 (Pop‑up)
Santrofi  Kwaa Kwaa   Options Alewa  Out Here Records      *   2:19:41 (Pop‑up)
Claudio Veeraragoo  Qui Fine Arrivé   Options Various Artists: Moris Zekler: Fuzz & Soul Sega from '70s Mauritius  Born Bad Records      *   2:24:10 (Pop‑up)
Los Fantasios  Assez Pleure   Options Various Artists: Soul Sega Sa! Indian Ocean Segas From The 70s Vol. 2  Les Disques Bongo Joe        2:26:48 (Pop‑up)
Albet Bongu  Koseka Moniga Te   Options Various Artists: The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo 1954-55  Honest Jon's Records ‎        2:30:47 (Pop‑up)
The Good Ones  Soccer (Summer 1988)   Options Single        *   2:33:16 (Pop‑up)
Memphis Minnie  When the Levee Breaks   Options Various Artist: Roots of Zeppelin        *   2:38:33 (Pop‑up)
Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn  Four Seasons   Options Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn  Smithsonian Folkways        2:41:41 (Pop‑up)
Coreyah  How Far You've Come   Options Clap & Applause        *   2:52:32 (Pop‑up)
Leenalchi  Crying Softshell Turtle   Options Sugungga  Zanpar      *   2:56:58 (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 6:02pm Handy Haversack:

Hello, Rob and global friends!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm chresti:

Hi Rob, hi sound paradise! Hi Handy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, chresti!
Avatar 6:05pm βrian:

Hello from the isthmus.
  6:07pm M&K:

Checking in from the backyard glider
Avatar 🎸 6:10pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Friends!
Avatar 6:10pm βrian:

If only we were all sitting on backyard gliders. We need more backyard gliders.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Handy Haversack:

I'm on a backyard chair. Getting kind of chilly!
  6:16pm Martinibomb:

Hello Rob W!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm Ike:

Good evening!
  6:22pm M&K:

Chilly is right
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Smilty69:

We’re ducking foul balls from the little league game behind my house. At least a few parents complimented me on the music.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm chresti:

I'm in the kitchen and other room. Party night.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Rob W:

Heads Up Smilty69!
  6:32pm M&K:

Movin to keep warm!
Avatar 6:34pm βrian:

46 degrees on our front stoop. Time for thermal reinforcement.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:34pm chresti:

Chilly sounds good, brrr!
  6:37pm M&K:

Party lites helping a bit
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Mx. Granny (e/em):

Hey Rob and folx! sounding festive in here!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm chresti:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Mx. Granny (e/em):

Avatar 6:43pm βrian:

Hola, AbuelitX!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Smilty69:

Los Viajeros Siderales track is a perfect Saturday tune.
Avatar 6:53pm vanya moscow:

oh no, sales have ended for karaoke! is there a way? some kind of backdoor?
Avatar 6:55pm Cp304:

Funky stuff to shower too.. good evening peoples
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:00pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Rob and globules. How does Zoom work? Do I need to create an account with and ID & password and then enter the karaoke code?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Handy Haversack:

Ken, you don't need to create an account
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Handy Haversack:

You will be asked to DL the program, and then the password is in the link from Stashu.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:03pm Handy Haversack:

I uninstall Zoom after every time I use it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Rob W:

I believe it's possible to run Zoom from your browser but not sure I can explain it exactly...
Avatar 7:12pm Cp304:

That’s how it worked for me Handy. First time I used it was a few weeks ago for one of Danny’s shows
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Handy Haversack:

You can -- usually on the splash page there's a link for it. Though it does not run as smoothly, usually.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Ken From Hyde Park:

OK, coolio. I am in via the Zoom program. Flipping the TSP stream to the phone.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Handy Haversack:

Ken, we are going to be late.
Avatar 🎸 7:30pm Bas NL:

Great music by Moulay Ahmed el Hassani!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas!
Avatar 7:43pm Cp304:

dudes timing with the drum machine is on point!
Avatar 7:47pm Cp304:

and the squeaky chair is a nice element..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Rob W:

An unexpected homage to WFMU's squeaky chair tradition...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Rob W:

Hey dear listeners, while we're here, if anyone wants to make a pledge to our October "Hellraiser" Fundraiser to thank Music Director Olivia for bringing the Tusk Festival to WFMU you'll see that special box at the top of the page - you know what to do. Thanks!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Ike:

This is AWESOME.
  8:14pm Carmichael:

Finally! Heya Rob and transters. Been listening but driving all over town.
  8:15pm Marie:

Man, that was SO great! Wow. Thanks WFMU and Rob and Tusk and Olivia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar 8:18pm Cp304:

i know the feeling Carmichael, finally settling down
  8:34pm johnzo:

great show as always, thanks!!
  8:35pm listener marianne:

Well, Rob, you’ve done it again!!
And thanks too, Olivia
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Rob W:

Thanks listener marianne and johnzo!
  8:44pm Carmichael:

Thanks Rob, Olivia and all!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:51pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar 🎸 8:54pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. October is going to be a good month.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:59pm radioronan:

Thank you Rob.. Thanks skeleton crew.. be well and stay kind fine people..
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