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Saturday, July 13, 2013 Options
Festival au Desert Caravan for Peace Tour:
Tartit, Imharhan, Mamadou Kelly

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Tartit (L); Mamadou Kelly (R) in WFMU Studio B (photo c/o Christopher Nolan).

The Festival in the Desert was a world-renowned annual musical gathering held near Timbuktu in northern Mali, beloved by local folk as well as lovers of the "desert blues" sound who visited from around the world. That is, until the political unrest that began in 2012 forced a hiatus after that year's festival.

This summer three artists who played that last festival hit the road in an awareness-raising North American Caravan for Peace Tour, including a free Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors concert on Wednesday July 31st, a concert at Bard College Fisher Center in Red Hook New York on Thursday August 1 and an intimate show at Littlefield, 622 DeGraw St. in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Saturday August 3.

All three will play live on tonight's show: Superb singer / guitarist Mamadou Kelly and his group - Kelly carries on the captivating style he honed playing with the late great Ali Farka Toure's group as well as with Afel Bocoum; the ground-breaking and compelling women-led Timbuktu Tuareg traditional ensemble Tartit (led by singer Fadimata Walet Oumar, better known as “Disco"); and Tartit's alter-ego Imharhan - the group morphed into a psychedelic Tuareg electric unit led by Disco's brother Mohamed Issa Oumar Ansary.

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineer Dan Barker and assistant Kieran Byram! And to Christopher Nolan and his label Clermont Music for making this show - and the tour, and cds by all the artists - possible. And for translating!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Citay: Careful with That Hat Options / Dream Get Together / Dead Oceans (0:00:00 )

Ebo Taylor: Bra Options / Ebo Taylor / Mr. Bongo / * (0:08:14 )

Chico Trujillo: Asi Es Que Vivo Yo Options / Gran Pecador / Barbes / * (0:16:07 )

Fanfare Ciocarlia: Born to Be Wild Options / Queens and Kings / Asphalt Tango (0:18:52 )
Playing Central Park Summerstage with Red Baraat tomorrow - Sunday July 14, 3 pm - see you there!

Hanggai: Uruumdush Options / He Who Travels Far / Four Quarters (0:21:40 )
Playing Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center this Tuesday (July 16), 8 pm - see you there too - !

Tartit: Democratie Options / Live on WFMU (0:33:29 )

Tartit: Abacabok Options / Live on WFMU (0:44:04 )
This is a griot song - oral history

Tartit: Tende Percussion Song Options / Live on WFMU (0:57:17 )
Traditional women's song

Tartit: Traditional women's song for Imzad (Fiddle) Options / Live on WFMU (1:07:26 )

Imharhan: Amassakoul Options / Live on WFMU (1:15:40 )

Imharhan: Exile Song Options / Live on WFMU (1:18:42 )

Imharhan: Aichata Options / Live on WFMU (1:24:11 )

Imharhan: Song For the Young People Options / Live on WFMU (1:28:13 )

Imharhan: / Live on WFMU (1:35:44 )

Mamadou Kelly & Bankena: Dibara Options / Live on WFMU (1:40:12 )

Mamadou Kelly & Bankena: / Live on WFMU (1:50:40 )

Mamadou Kelly & Bankena: Fissa Maïga Options / Live on WFMU (1:59:04 )

Mamadou Kelly & Bankena: / Live on WFMU (2:06:51 )

Aziz Sahmaoui: Maktouba Options / University Of Gnawa (2:17:08 )
Also playing on the July 31 Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert, kind of a special guest in addition to the Caravan for Peace artists

Fatoumata Diawara: Kele Options / Fatou / Nonesuch (2:20:07 )
On tour - NYC shows this Thurs @ noon @ BAM Metrotech (Free); Sun afternoon July 21 @ Central Park Summerstage with Olivier Mtukudzi + Krar Collective

Sevara Nazarkhan: Savti Kalon Soqinomasi Options / Tortadur / Sevaramusic (2:23:10 )

Niyaz: Sahar Options / Sumud / Six Degrees (2:28:26 )

Nikos Xylouris: Track 2 Options / Collection of Music From Crete / Polygram (2:32:12 )

Krar Collective: Ambassel Options / Ethiopia Super Krar / Riverboat (2:42:03 )

Hector Zazou & Swara: Darbari Options / In the House of Mirrors / Crammed Discs (2:47:44 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 6:14pm davex:

Good evening Rob and all!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 6:15pm spodiodi:

Aloha, davex!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 6:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Excited about the Malian Music!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 6:20pm Rob Weisberg:

Good evening everyone, thanks for tuning in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 6:22pm osvi:

iAy, morenita! It is this kind of Saturday, Rob, keep them coming!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 6:23pm spodiodi:

I love this Born to be Wild jam!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 6:26pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Intro & riff to opening track - 'Citay'> - reminded me of 'Let There Be More Light' by Pink Floyd,'68, who also had a track that year called 'Careful with That' - not 'Hat', but 'Axe Eugene'...probably all in my insignificant little head...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/13/13 6:33pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I feel very bad for the people of Mali. I'm sure they have it rough enough as it is and people come in and start bossing them around.
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 6:57pm spodiodi:

What a great photo
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:03pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks spodiodi - full disclosure - the photo is borrowed from the Afropop Worldwide summer concert preview page -
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:04pm spodiodi:

Thank you for the link, and great show/guests, Rob! Tarit is a treat!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:06pm spodiodi:

The only Malinese I've known (that I've known) lived in So. MD. Where are the big cities for Mali people in the US?
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:06pm spodiodi:

Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:08pm spodiodi:

May Tarit outlive any interim political BS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:10pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I reprise a Comment I made on the March 23rd Board:
..."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 [meaning here the long view of History] - comparable in some ways to what happened to Christianity in the 'West' w/ Calvinism & such"...
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:12pm spodiodi:

One of the coolest programmers I've ever met was Sufi
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:13pm spodiodi:

This song is hypnotic
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:21pm spodiodi:

How is it spelled?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:23pm fleep:

There are those like Meher Baba who claim Sufism predates Islam, that it is Zoroastrian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- what I got from Sufism in my youth (my own certainly limited exposure, understanding & appreciation, I strongly emphasize) was that it was Universalist: It accepted & embraced the Truth in all Religions - & emphasized Direct Experience - as in Meditation, Practice, Music, Poetry - Love (the Dervishes are Sufi).
- Recently I have read there are now even Militant Sufis - which seems totally counter to what I understood it to be back then - but I don't know any details...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:24pm Mike East:

hello all. been listening and enjoying. we are, in fact, delivering backline on monday for hanggai.
  Sat. 7/13/13 7:27pm common:

this is fantastic!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:28pm spodiodi:

is "common" a label for anonymous comments?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:28pm Mike East:

I used to know a sufi and a zoroastrian. very cool people
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:29pm fleep:

Militancy cuts across any belief system because that kind of human will carry his/her militancy into any endeavor. I met a militant Hare Krishna in Evanton, we were at a laundromat (orange robes get dirty, too) and he talked about killing for Krishna, as if that was a selling point.
  Sat. 7/13/13 7:29pm common:

no common is me real name is commonzensavvy
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/13/13 7:30pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Link to the Bard event on August 1 -
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:31pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks everyone, thanks for the link Ken!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:32pm spodiodi:

pleased to meet you, commonzensavvy
  Sat. 7/13/13 7:33pm common:

you too, spodiodi
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:37pm spodiodi:

tell us about the instruments!!!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:38pm spodiodi:

ty :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Musings :
...My understanding is 'Islam' means 'Surrender'. Some relate to that as a mystic surrendering of the ego to the divine - others as a slavish dedication to a dogmatic code of morals & fanatic opposition to all 'infidels' who do not subscribe to it. When people are in notable distress & confusion - Order has an understandable appeal. Islam represents a sizable %age of the World Population - & Generalizations must be resisted. To most, it means living w/ Honor. I'm an American who believes in Civil Liberties, & takes these Values for granted...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Krishna did in fact encourage Arjuna to wage war! The Aryans were Militant Lords who came into India from the Middle East.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:50pm fleep:

The people who take something simple and liberating and turn it into fanatic belligerent dogma are Authoritarians. Try this:
  Sat. 7/13/13 7:51pm Mitten John:

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: "Holy merde, this is a good show!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:52pm fleep:

[should acknowledge wonderful music] Wonderful music! Thanks to all live performers and Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 7:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

☝ Yes !
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:54pm Sigurdur:

Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:55pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 7:56pm spodiodi:

Yeah, seriously, and for real, thank you, Rob, and Tarit, et al
  Sat. 7/13/13 7:56pm common:

great great!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 8:16pm spodiodi:

What would happen if one were to add only a snare drum to this music?
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 8:17pm spodiodi:

Great performance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 8:22pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thanks to Rob ! & Engineers !
-Thanks to Tartit !, Imharhan !, Mamdou Kelly & Bankena !
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 8:22pm spodiodi:

The stringed instruments the guys are holding in the photo on the show's page are sweet. I wonder, do they have a name?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 8:33pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Tartit wiki :
- includes band members & instruments...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 8:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Oo! On Niyaz - hammered dulcimer a favorite sound...& frame drum...well, all of it...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/13/13 8:38pm fleep:

teherdent lute ... I think the native word is N'Goni
  Sat. 7/13/13 8:45pm katie:

And Detroit features a lovely swim-able river and numerous outposts of art.
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 8:47pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Katie - I was having trouble spitting it all out! Katie by the way swam the Motor City Mile open water swim across the Detroit River last week!
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 8:50pm Rob Weisberg:

Fleep - yes, Chris Nolan translated "teherdent" as "ngoni" which is what Bassekou Kouyate (also from Mali) calls it in his unique (and rocking) multi-ngoni group "Ngoni Ba". It's that thin oval long-next lute you see in the photo. Today the band had only one of them actually - the photo isn't 100 pct representative of the session!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 7/13/13 9:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Brilliant show tonight.
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 9:02pm spodiodi:

I agree with Ken
Avatar Sat. 7/13/13 9:03pm slugluv1313:

i agree with you all too, EXCELLENT SHOW!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 7/18/13 12:45pm Bas NL:

You spoiled me in glorious retro-hear. Great edition Rob!
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