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Saturday, May 18, 2013 Options
The Last Radio Show Rob Will Ever Do While Not Eligible For AARP Membership

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Ziad Rahbani: Sayidi Aatina Options / Kyrie Eleison (0:00:00 )

Bappi Lahiri: Everybody Dance With Me Options / College Girl (Bollywood Soundtrack) / Polydor / 1976 (0:03:23 )

Dur-Dur Band: Garsore Waa Ilaah Options / Volume 5 / Awesome Tapes From Africa / * (0:06:25 )
Recorded at Radio Mogadishu, Somalia, 1987

Morteza Mahjoobi: Sabr Kon Options / Various Artists: Tisheh O Risheh: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:12:42 )
New compilation

Beti: Hele Dan Dan Options / Various Artists: Sedayeh Del: Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:17:52 )
New compilation

Rokia Traoré: Sikey Options / Beautiful Africa / Nonesuch / * (0:28:33 )
Released in Europe, although I believe not yet officially released in North America.

Samba Toure: Walahi Mbafo Options / Various Artists: Festival au Desert 2012 / Clermont / * (0:31:39 )

Imharhan: Aichata Options / Various Artists: Festival au Desert 2012 / Clermont / * (0:36:33 )
Playing a free concert in NY July 31 (Wed) at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Damrosch Bandshell: 6:30 pm: Festival au Désert — Caravan for Peace: Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa (NY debut) + Imharhan (NY debut) Tartit + Mamadou Kelly (NY debut)

Bombino: Zigzan Options / Nomad / Nonesuch / * (0:40:38 )
Playing: Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell, June 21; Brooklyn Bowl July 30; Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall Dec 6.

Tartit: Democratie Options / Various Artists: Festival au Desert 2012 (0:44:25 )
Also on the bill for Festival au Désert free concert July 31 at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

King Ayisoba: Africa Options / Modern Ghanaians / * (0:54:45 )

Ebo Taylor: Saana Options / Ebo Taylor / Mr Bongo / * (0:59:20 )
New reissue

Jazz des Jeunes: Sansons Amoureuses Options / Super Jazz des Jeunes / Ibo (1:04:51 )

Femi Kuti: Carry On Pushing On Options / No Place For My Dream / Knitting Factory Records / * (1:08:34 )
At Central Park Summerstage with Sinkane, Sunday afternoon June 23

Frankie Dante: Dame Un Tipi Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Latin Psychedlia / World Music Network / * (1:12:37 )

Red Baraat: Mast Qalandar Options / Shruggy Ji (1:16:21 )
Playing at the Clearwater Festival, Croton-on-Hudson NY, June 16 (they're also playing RIGHT NOW at the Googa Mooga festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn!)

Stereo Partizan: Balkan Bhangra Options / Balkan Circus / Blue Gypsy Records (1:21:37 )

Shava Featuring King G: Päälliköt on Voittamattomii Options / Betoninen Kotimaani (1:26:11 )
Finnish (!) bhangra band playing Studio 2012, Hamilton, NJ on Sun June 9, the Shrine in Harlem Tues June 11 and also earlier dates in Vancouver and nearby.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: Tere Mast Mast Do Nain (Remix) Options / Various Artists: Dabangg (Bollywood Soundtrack) (1:30:19 )
Performing at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island on Sat June 15

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra : Bollywood Options / Various Artist: Bollywood Fusions (1:34:55 )

Quitapenas: Mas Tropical (Sinkane Remix) Options (1:38:06 )
Sinkane is at Maxwell's on June 16th, also on the bill with Femi Kuti at Summerstage and participating in Red Hot and Fela later in the summer at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, I believe.

Celso Piña with Blanquito Man, Control Machete: El Tren Options / Mundo Colombia (1:40:54 )

Chicha Libre: Alone Again Or Options / Cuatro Tigers / Barbes (1:45:30 )

Koby Israelite: Two Colonels Options / Blues From Elsewhere / Asphalt Tango / * (1:58:28 )

Maniacs vs. Sharkiat: Om el Khair Options / Don't Climb the Pyramids / Barraka Al Farnatshi / * (2:02:40 )

Emel Mathlouthi: Ya Tounes Ya Meskina (Poor Tunisia) Options / Kelmti Horra (2:06:04 )
Playing at FIAF Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th St, Wednesday May 22, 8 pm (part of the World Nomads Tunisia festival). She wrote this song while a student at the Université de Tunis in 2005. Though now living in Paris, her concert in Sfax, Tunisia was considered influential in the Tunisian revolution of early 2011 that kicked off the Arab Spring (she dedicated the concert to the revolutionary cause).

A Hawk and a Hacksaw: You Have Already Gone to the Other World Options / You Have Already Gone to the Other World (2:10:53 )
Playing a free concert at Lincoln Center Rubinstein Atrium, 61 W 62 St. at Broadway on Thursday May 23 at 7:30 pm (get there early to make sure you can get in)

Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2011 Options / Highway To Hassake: Folk & Pop Sounds Of Syria / Sublime Frequencies / 2007 (2:15:00 )

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: E Chora' Tu Anemu Options / Pizzica Indiavolata / * (2:24:31 )
With Ballake Sissoko

Artist Uncredited: Duj Duj Options / Various Artists: Music from Yugoslavia (Musique du Monde Series)) / Buda Musique (2:25:52 )
Credited as "danse tzigane" (minorités nationales)

Samuel Le Henanff Quartet: Thank you ... beaucoup ! Merci ... very much Options (2:32:52 )
Playing the annual St Yves’s Breton-style Fest Noz: along with Duo Helias/Gerard, and Sylvain Payot, tonight at Connolly’s Times Square, 121 45th St 3rd Fl - groups rotate until 2 am - plus other events in NY on Sun, Mon and Tues - details / info at

Don Cavalli: You and My Zundapp Options / Temperamental / * (2:36:26 )

Lemon Bucket Orchestra: Adje Jano Options / Cheeky (2:38:54 )
From Toronto. The band performs in La MaMa's Fire. Water. Night: When Trees Move and Women Burn - A World Music Theatre Performance On the Move by Yara Arts Group. June 7-16, Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:30 + Sunday June 9 at 7:00 at La MaMa in the good old East Village.

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/18/13 6:13pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Great Sat. Evening!
...the Bappi Lahiri reminds me of a contempo MashUp! ( - & 'Innagadadavida' was very big early in my life...)
  Sat. 5/18/13 6:14pm Jim B:

That AARP discount comes in handy, Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 5/18/13 6:16pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Jim B. If it applies to Indonesian Dangdut cassettes then I'm in business - !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/18/13 6:29pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...'Wild Thing' (Troggs) was in there too...
  Sat. 5/18/13 6:41pm David D:

Good stuff - greetings from the east of Germany!
Avatar    Sat. 5/18/13 6:47pm Rob Weisberg:

Hallo Deutschland!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/18/13 6:48pm Mike East:

time for dinner (paella). my wife loves this as a soundtrack
  Sat. 5/18/13 6:52pm David D:

Hallo Rob! This is just the antidote I need from hearing all that Eurovision stuff.
  Sat. 5/18/13 6:56pm David D:

Yes, cool day here too, but still springlike.
Avatar    Sat. 5/18/13 7:02pm Rob Weisberg:

Beware David D, over the years I have dropped in the odd Eurovision track around the time of the competition (although usually the most Balkan-sounding entry I can find). Lucky for you (and perhaps all the listeners) I forgot all about Eurovision this year - !
  Sat. 5/18/13 7:06pm David D:

Haha, actually the Greek contribution, a kind of ska'd up traditional Greek song about alcohol, wasn't all that terrible. And it actually got a few votes. Otherwise, the usual stuff, mostly, from the bit that I saw.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/18/13 7:34pm Andrew Waterloo:

Interesting use of the Knight Rider theme.
Avatar    Sat. 5/18/13 7:37pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Andrew, in my naive way I did not know that reference!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/18/13 7:40pm Andrew Waterloo:

I only have a tenuous connection to it myself.
  Sat. 5/18/13 7:40pm colin:

soooo good, thank you!!!
Avatar    Sat. 5/18/13 7:47pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Colin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/18/13 8:11pm Uncle Michael:

Happy impending codgerhood, Rob. When's the blessed event?
Avatar    Sat. 5/18/13 8:41pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Uncle Michael! I was born on May 26th, 1963 - the day the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded! (I won't be doing a show next weekend because of FMU's Primavera Sound festival broadcasts from Barcelona.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/18/13 8:47pm Uncle Michael:

Well happy birthday, young man.
Avatar Sat. 5/18/13 8:47pm G:

Dude's old enough to know better now :)
  Sat. 5/18/13 8:50pm David D:

Thanks for the great show and happy birthday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 5/18/13 8:53pm maestroso:

Happy birthday, young fellow!
Avatar Sat. 5/18/13 10:04pm Sigurdur:

happy birthday
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