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Saturday, April 20, 2013 Options
Season of Cambodia:
Kong Nay Live from the Asia Society, New York +
World Music Boston

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Brooklyn-based singer and setar player Mohsen Namjoo is one of Iran's most popular performers. But his songs have upset musical purists by mixing Persian classical traditions with popular styles like rock, blues and jazz. And his daring lyrical content really upset the Iranian government, which sentenced him, in absentia, to five years in prison. We'll get the story from Mohsen - and he'll give us a bit of intimate live performance. We'll also meet Rachel Cooper of the Asia Society who to talks about the Society's new Iran Modern exhibition and a sister series of concerts, New Sounds From Iran, that kicks off with a show by Namjoo later tonight.

Then, filmmmaker Adam Pogoff Joins us for a musical sampling of his new documentary Brasslands, which follows New York's Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band as it travels to a legendary brass band festival in Serbia. Brasslands will be shown alongside performances by Frank London and the Sazet Band at Drom in the East Village on Sunday evening September 22, as part of this fall's ninth annual NY Gypsy Festival.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Kong Nay: Excerpt from the film "The Flute Player" Options / Film Only (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
We'll simulcast (with Asia Society) the first part of his Asia Society New York concert tonight at 8 pm!

Blind Boy Fuller: Jitterbug Rag Options / Blind Boy Fuller, 1935-1938 (0:02:18 Pop‑up)

Lac La Belle: Around the World Options / Bring on the Light (0:04:23 Pop‑up)

Zoobombs: Ships are Alright Options / Let it Bomb (0:08:54 Pop‑up)

Mike Massy: Daye' Options / Ya Zaman (0:18:55 Pop‑up)
Email me if you're interested in a pair of tix for his Merkin Hall show, April 25th.

Mavrothi Kontanis and Mild Mannered Rebel: Ear to the Sky Options / Ear to the Sky / * (0:21:47 Pop‑up)
The band's cd release party is at Drom, 85 Ave. A, Friday April 25th.

Abdel Gadir Salim with Emmanuel Jai: Lemon Bara Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa / World Music Network / * (0:24:57 Pop‑up)

Yulduz Usmanova: Acom Acom Options / Buncha Guzal bu Haet (0:30:59 Pop‑up)
Popular Uzbek singer performing at Millenium Theatre, 1029 Brighton Beach Ave., Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Sunday May 4th.

Noura: Y Bnet El Hourna Options / Various Artists: Afrique 50 ans de musique, 50 ans d'indépendances : 1960-2010 / RFI, Syllart Productions and Discograph (0:32:46 Pop‑up)

Taraf de Haïdouks & Kočani Orkestar: Jarretelle Options / Band of Gypsies 2 (0:38:33 Pop‑up)
One of the great Balkan Brass bands, from Macedonia, playing at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. NYC w/ Sazet Band Saturday April 27th. We have a pair of tickets to give away - I'll choose a winner at random after the show (there may be a lot of competition for this one, so if you have a second choice from the list of giveaways at the top of this page, please let me know, thanks!)

Sonia M'Barek: Wasla Maqam Kurdi "Sabani Jamalek" Options / Takht / Network (0:50:56 Pop‑up)
Tunisian female singer who performs male classical styles. Performing at Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), 55 E 59 St: to kick off the World Nomads: Tunisia festival on Friday May 3rd.

Mohammed Bergam: Zine Mlih (Sublime Beauty) Options / Various Artists: Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco / Dust-To-Digital / * (0:55:27 Pop‑up)

Club d'Elf: Ghir Khoudouni Options / Electric Moroccoland (1:01:52 Pop‑up)
From Boston, mostly (Brahim Fribgane is based in NYC)

Zizi Mizik: Brizay Interlude Options / Cross Roads (1:09:04 Pop‑up)
All-Female French-Caribbean Group from Boston

Creole Livramento Joe Sextet: So Sabi Options / Various Artists: So Sabi - Cape Verdean Music from New England / Rounder (1:10:47 Pop‑up)
The phrase "So Sabi" literally means "How great" or "That's tasty." So Sabi: The 1996 New England Cape Verdean Folklife Festival was held on May 31 and June 1, 1996 at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston's historic South End.The event was produced by Cape Verdeans and friends from around Southeastern New England. This album was recorded at the festival.

Mendes Brothers: Vida Options / Palonkon (1:13:31 Pop‑up)
Leaders on Boston and New England''s Cape Verdean scene, with their band and the MB record label.

K'Mistry: Valkans Options / It's My Life (1:17:12 Pop‑up)
Haitian compas band active now, based in Boston.

Volo Volo de Boston: Caresse Options / Volo Volo de Boston Presente Caresse / Travesti Records (1:21:27 Pop‑up)
Boston Haitian compas band, 1975 album

Second Line Social Aid And Pleasure Society Brass Band: African Marketplace Options / Various Artists: Honk - Live at the Dilboy (1:29:37 Pop‑up)
Somerville, Mass brass band at Somerville's own annual Honk festival, a gathering of street bands from around North America (and often beyond). Recorded at the 2006 Honk Festival.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Some Nerve Options / Various Artists: Honk - Live at the Dilboy (1:32:40 Pop‑up)
Boston area band led by Ken Field

Dunya: Ceng-i Harbi Options / A Story (1:35:21 Pop‑up)
Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol's Boston-based Turkish music project

Warren Senders and Anti-Gravity: Weaving Time Options / Boogie For Hanuman (1:43:14 Pop‑up)

Vijay Iyer/Prasanna/Nitin Mitta: Duality Options / Tirtha / ACT Music / * (2:03:00 Pop‑up)

Bena Nogma: Banani Batawina Bena Ngoma Options / Various Artists: The Karindula Sessions / Crammed Discs / * (2:06:01 Pop‑up)

Rachel Cooper of the Asia Society: Opening Remarks prior to Kong Nay concert, discussing Season of Cambodia Options (2:14:28 Pop‑up)

Phloeun Prim of Cambodian Living Arts: Opening Remarks prior to Kong Nay concert, discussing Season of Cambodia Options (2:11:37 Pop‑up)

Kong Nay: Live from the Asia Society Options (2:18:48 Pop‑up)
Video stream is at

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Mali Koori Options / Jama Ko / Out Here / * (2:46:37 Pop‑up)

Debo Band: Ambassel Options / Debo Band / Sub Pop / Next Ambiance (2:53:10 Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/20/13 6:13pm Julie:

That was lovely!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/20/13 6:29pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Julie and good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/20/13 6:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Thx Again for last week @ Barbes - ! : Everyone was amazing - & esp. the Turkish Ottoman music of Ahmet Erdodular left me *speechless* - flatout most transfixing music I've heard in some time.
- & tonight - Khmer Rouge survivor & the 'Robert Johnson of southeast Asia', no less!
- Sitting here in my livingroom Sat.nite (the 'Wed.' of *my* workweek) - in smalltown New Hampshire - I really appreciate the cultural experience (& also the special effort of remote broadcasts & such).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/20/13 7:44pm Bas NL:

Computer problems sorted.. and finally i have my WFMU stream back! Hello Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/20/13 8:40pm Rob Weisberg:

Greetings Bas! If anyone's curious, the video stream for Kong Nay's concert from Asia Society is at
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/20/13 8:46pm Bas NL:

Beautiful session by Kong Nay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/20/13 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks again Rob!
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