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M.A.K.U Sound System

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M.A.K.U Sound System's cathartic sonic cocktail takes off from traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms and soars through the punk-psychedelic-electronic-jazz-Afrobeat stratosphere. With a great new new vinyl / digital EP M.N.D. just released, the 8-piece juggernaut returns to WFMU for another scintillating live session.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Andrew WK: Gakuen Tengoku Options / Premium Collection / Universal (0:00:00 )
From his collection of J-Pop covers. A song originally sung by ’70s j-pop group, Finger 5, but which later had life as an Anime "character song" - for Mikado Ryugamine, who is voiced by Toshiyuki Toyonaga.

Soul Flower Union: 郡上節 (春駒~八竹 (Bamboo Spring) Options / Nagisa Miracle / BounDEE (0:03:30 )

Ramy Essam: 3oksha Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution - Bonus Disc / World Music Network / * (0:10:44 )

Berry Sakharof & Rea Mochiach: El Ne'elamim אל נעלמים Options / 11-Alef / Nana Disc (0:12:25 )

Mabrouk Band: Adani Options / Future Thoughts / Mabrouk Band (0:16:07 )
Charlie Sabach & Ran Bagno

D.A.M.: Born Here Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution / World Music Network / * (0:20:22 )
Palestinian hip-hop crew appearing at Drom, 85 Ave A NYC Sunday March 31

Maryam Saleh: Ana Mesh Baghanny Options / Mesh Baghanny / eka3 / * (0:23:50 )

Amal Murkus: Ah Ya Asmar Options / Na'na Ya Na'Na / ACUM (0:29:25 )
Palestinian singer

Gaida: Bint El Balad Options / Levantine Indulgence / Palmyra Recordings (0:34:21 )
DJ Error: I said this was a Mohammed Abdel Waheb composition but it's not - similar title but it's an original composition by Gaida. Thanks to listener Steve Po for the correction!

Hadar Maoz: Haleluya Options / Hadar Maoz / Unreleased / * (0:41:43 )

Pritam feat. Swanand Kirkire: Ala Barfi (Kaju Barfi) Options / Various Artists: Barfi (Bollywood Soundtrack) / UTV Motion Pictures (0:44:53 )

Don Cavalli: The Greatest Options / Temperamental / Because / * (0:49:38 )
With Xiao Li Zhan

Iva Bittová: Prani Options / Çikori / Indies (0:55:17 )
Playing a solo show @ Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker St. Sunday eve March 24

Meszecsinka: Marra Options / Meszecsinka / Hiperbole Records / * (1:00:53 )
Hungarian band pllaying at Trumpets, Montclair NJ April 18, Drom in East Village April 19.

Stellamara with Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma: Azade Options / The Golden Thread / Lucidity Music (1:04:35 )
Irish-transplant Greek traditional music star Ross Daly will perform with Ross Daly, Omer Erdogdular, Yurdal Tokcan, and Ahmet Erdogdular at Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th St. on April 4. They'll also be doing workshops in NY the following days - info @

Husnu Senlenderici & Laco Tayfa: Gökte Yıldız Ay musun - Tabancamın Sapı Options / Bergama Gaydası / Doublemoon (1:11:14 )
Husnu is playing a couple of shows with different lineups at Drom April 5

Red Baraat: Tenu Leke Options / Shruggy Ji / Sinj / * (1:12:44 )
Red Baraat is headlining a Festival of Colors at Webster Hall, 125 E 11 St on March 29 with Parijat Desai Dance Company + Vandana Jain

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: E Chora' Tu Anemu Options / Pizzica Indiavolata / PID (1:20:49 )
With Ballake Sissoko, kora

Mavrika: Dervish Dance Options / Mavrika / Psolista (1:25:41 )

M.A.K.U Sound System: La Tomba Options / Unreleased (1:32:39 )
Live on WFMU

M.A.K.U Sound System: Music Never Dies (M.N.D.) Options / Unreleased (1:43:46 )
Live on WFMU

M.A.K.U Sound System: Womyn Options / Unreleased (1:49:30 )
Live on WFMU

M.A.K.U Sound System: Jugo Options / Unreleased (2:02:04 )
Live on WFMU

M.A.K.U Sound System: Happy Hour Options / Unreleased (2:08:28 )
Live on WFMU

Pierre Akendengue: Taper le Diable Options / Destinée / Lusafrica / * (2:16:36 )

Saleta Phiri and AB Sounds: Imfa Ya Amuna Wanga Options / Various Artists - Afrique 1960-2010 (18 cd box set) / RFI, Syllart Productions and Discograph (2:20:20 )

The Shunters: Since Morning Options / Since Morning / New Cross (2:26:48 )

Freshlyground: Mina Nobhiza Options / Take Me to the Dance / Wommusic (2:33:20 )

Zakir Hussain: Nines Over Easy Options / Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience / Moment (2:50:05 )
Music Bed for Concert Info

Kobo Town: Mr Monday Options / Jumbie in the Jukebox / Cumbancha / * (2:49:12 )

Will Ferrell, Efren Ramirez and Adrian Martinez feat. Mitch Manker: Yo No Se Options / Various Artists - Casa De Mi Padre Soundtrack / Lakeshore Records (2:52:29 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Mr. Weisberg!: Very impressed w/ you & Sinfonia @ Finale doing Malian tribute tune! - esp. as a(nother lousy) guitarplayer myself clueless about African styles.
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 6:08pm Rob Weisberg:

Thank you kindly RR and good evening everyone, stay tuned for a great live set by MAKU Sound System!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 6:18pm Rob Weisberg:

TICKET GIVEAWAY: I have several pairs of tickets available for the following concert, two bands let by the wonderful and engaging klezmer drummer Eve Sicular. If you're interested just email me via the link on this page or robw AT wfmu DOT org, thanks!

Sunday April 7 @ Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Rd (near the intersection of Flatbush and Nostrand Ave.), Brooklyn: Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos. Daytime event: 2 pm. From the venue: "The Walt Whitman Theatre will be transformed into a Simcha Palace when these two internationally-acclaimed ensembles hit the stage with their unique interpretations of traditional Eastern European favorites, Yiddish swing and folk tunes, and original compositions." Info:
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...More challenging, of course, to Engineer & Mix several (& exotic?) instruments.
(...Did the Pogues *ever* get a good Live mix?...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:27pm doca:

hi rob and fellow listeners (:
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 6:28pm Rob Weisberg:

Greetings doca!
  Sat. 3/23/13 6:29pm Steve Po:

Great Music. Can we hear Gaida's Bint Elbalad off Levantine Indulgence. We just saw her at Lincoln Center on Thursday and she was spellbinding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Nice to hear oud (yes?).
- When lived in Santa Barabara, CA - was a Turkish (style) band - prob. associated w/ UCSB - occasionally played local bookstore for instance - w/ bellydancers! - totally free...
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 6:35pm Rob Weisberg:

Steve, glad to hear you enjoyed Gaida's show this week. I shoulda been there myself, she's great... and sure, I can play that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:46pm fred:

Hello Rob, I can't listen because it's too late for my neighbors, but I'm just back from a show you might have liked. Two words: Iranian bagpipes
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...No Turkish in there - but sounded quite similar?
...Your objective in First Hours to Adjust our Attitude by exhiliration of flight all over the Globe? : ) ...
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 6:51pm Rob Weisberg:

Oh yes Fred, you have me pegged! I did get to see Iranian piper Saeid Shanbehzadeh and his son in NY a few years ago when they played Globalfest 2009 (they've been back since then too). It was pretty great...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:53pm fred:

That's exactly who I just saw! Funny how close it sounded to the synth in Omar Souleyman's dabke
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:56pm I X Key!:

Rob Weisberg, that performance of yours during the marathon finale was so beautiful it made me cry, & I'm looking forward to getting your premium again this year
  Sat. 3/23/13 6:56pm Steve Po:

Hey Rob, Thanks for putting that up so quick. You have to make a retraction, though. Bint Elbalad is an original Gaida composition. The Mohammad Abdel Wahab song shares nothing in common, but the title. - But check this out, she just did a song called Anfass which was inspired by Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind. She did it at Lincoln Center. It's on iTunes under Anfass and there's a video on YouTube.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 6:58pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

A bit of a Digression!, but - on subject of synth drone :

...You would think an electronically distorted Guitar would make a more complex-shaped Sound/Sine Wave - but it actually makes a more regular one by chopping off the top & bottom ; The only instruments that make 'perfect' regular waves w/ no overtones or such are electronic synths - & flutes! (...or that's the received information, anyway)...
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 6:59pm Rob Weisberg:

OK thanks Steve, I stand corrected! I'll check out Anfass later... thanks again!
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:01pm Rob Weisberg:

Oh and thank you very much I X Key!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 7:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...The Malian situation saddens me for one reason because Sufism (Esoteric Mystical Islam) had some influence on my own views as a young 'post-psychedelic' person, shall we say.
- The book 'Dancing in the Streets' by Barbara Ehrenreich is about the History & Meaning of Communal Festival - & touches on how a Conservative & Militant Islam took over - comparable in some ways to what happened to Christianity in the 'West' w/ Calvinism & such...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 7:15pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I am thoroughly loving this set. All that's missing is a warm day and spits of kebab.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 7:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...always risky to discuss Politrix & Religion - &/or to give a 'Twitter' summary of a Pocket History - but I certainly liked the book - !...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 7:34pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- & on subject of Sufis - we start w/ 'Dervish Dance'. : )
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:37pm Dave B:

just wanted to check in and say thanks and congrats to Mr. W/WFMU for all you do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 7:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...or was that the last before M.A.K.U. - ?
- Either way - it's Lovely & Kewl...
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:47pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Dave B!
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:48pm Rob Weisberg:

RR - Dervish Dance was by Mavrika, a very interesting new Greek / Cypriot band based in the UK.
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:49pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks also Pete from Boston and NJ! Two fine places indeed...
  Sat. 3/23/13 7:50pm jay inthe woods:

Thank you Based God.
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:51pm Dave B:

Just scrolling back thru the comments - @Fred and RW - if you're not familiar with Rastak (contemporary Iranian folk stuffs) check it....


direct link for D/Ls (in Farsi):

I'm waiting for my cousins to provide translations....
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:53pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Dave B., I'll check out Rastak!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 7:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Sounds Great ! + + : )

...I am thinking about Os Mutantes~Caetano Veloso - Fela Kuti...This whole idea of Psychedelic AfroBeat makes me smile : )
- even as it makes me think of Phil Ochs noting how we ping-pong (paraphrase) from Activism to Mysticism 'these days'...

- This Performance blows on the warm embers of the Marathon Finale (a Communal Festival - *&* an SocioEconoPolitical Event - however small), it seems to me
- & helps herald Spring
- even in the Year of the Snake...
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 7:58pm Dave B:

BTW - M.A.K.U. is just what I needed this Saturday. But then I'm partial to any troupe with "sound system" in their name!

  Sat. 3/23/13 8:02pm JASSCONS:

Maku te estoy escuchando aca en Barranquilla, lili saludos de tu tio Toño que te ama
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 8:06pm Rob Weisberg:

¡Buenas noches Jasscons en Barranquilla!
  Sat. 3/23/13 8:08pm JASSCONS:

Hola salu2 a todos los integrantes de MAKU, buena por las mezclas
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 8:09pm California man:

M.A.K.U. Sound System is tearin it up man! Mas Mas Mas!!
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 8:11pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks California Man!
  Sat. 3/23/13 8:15pm Roadkill:

+You get paid by the unheard applause of your audience. Good stuff.
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 8:16pm Rob Weisberg:

You betcha, thanks Roadkill!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 8:18pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thanx~Gracias M.A.K.U. : )
Avatar Sat. 3/23/13 8:21pm Dave B:

^ what RRN65 said! ^
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/23/13 8:28pm I X Key!:

^ what Dave B said ^
  Sun. 3/24/13 11:37pm LanaBaja:

Hola todos! Liliana here from MAKU! Thank you all for your comments. we truly enjoyed our set! Much love to WFMU once again, and lets keep it funky! Hola tio!! Los amo! Abrazos!!
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