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Saturday, February 14, 2015 Options
Ghazals for Valentines Day: South Asian song-poems of devotion, with Kiran Ahluwalia

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These days the accomplished India-born, Canada-raised, NYC-based vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia, two-time winner of a coveted Juno Award for music in Canada, really does her own thing musically. She writes original material in a range of styles and collaborates with artists like Mali's Tinariwen.

But early in her career Kiran specialized in interpreting ghazals, ancient and modern poems known for blurring the line between romantic and spiritual devotion.

So for a Valentine's day treat, we asked Kiran to bring in some favorite recorded ghazals and other South Asian romantic songs.

Plus we'll hear songs from her latest album Sanata - many of which she'll perform at her only New York concert of the season, Saturday night February 21st at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn.


I have two pairs of tickets available to see tonight’s guest Kiran Ahluwalia and her all-star band - featuring jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi, Nitin Mitta (tabla); Will Holshouser (accordion); and Mamadou Ba (electric bass) - in concert at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn one week from tonight, Saturday February 21 at 8 pm.

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here and please put "TIX" in the subject line.

The deadline to enter is midnight, Sunday February 15 2015.
Winners will be notified by Monday at noon.

Concert info here.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Kiran Ahluwalia: Hayat Options / Sanata - Stillness / Kiran Music (0:00:00 )
GIG: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Sat Feb 21 - info and giveaway info above.

Kiran Ahluwalia: Tamana Options / Sanata - Stillness / Kiran Music (0:15:52 )

Farida Khanum: Mere Hamnafas Mere Options / Farida Khanum in Concert / EMI Pakistan (0:26:10 )

Jagjit Singh: Salaam Karta Chaloon Options / Echoes from Around the World / Saregama (0:40:03 )

Roop Kuma Rathod : Maula Mere Maula Options / Melodious / Saregama (0:49:29 )
From Anwar OST

Asha Bhosle & Mohammed Rafi: Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko Options / The Spirit of Music - RD Burman / Saregama (0:57:13 )

Jyoti & Sultana Nooran: Tung Tung Options / Various Artists - Dil Le Gayi Kudi - 30 Valentine Hits / Times Music (1:05:04 )

Mohammed Rafi: Bazeecha-e-itfal Hai Duniya Mere Aage Options / Various Artists - Ab Chhalakte Huye Sagar / Saregama (1:14:14 )
Poem by the great Ghalib

Kiran Ahluwalia: Sanata Options / Sanata - Stillness / Kiran Music (1:21:47 )

Mehdi Hassan: Ranjish Hi Sahi Dil Hi Duhkane Ke Options / Greatest Ghazals / EMI Pakistan (1:31:10 )

Rizawan-Muazzam Qawwali: Pyar Hota Hay (Falling in Love) Options / Sacrifice to Love / Real World / Narada (1:44:04 )

Mai Dhai: Sarak Sarak Options / Mai Dhai / Piphany Productions (2:04:52 )
GIG: Thursday March 12, 7 pm, Elebash Recital Hall @ CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave in Midtown. (Also playing SXSW!)

La Shica: Con Dinamita Options / Con Dinamita / Warner Spain (2:08:18 )
GIG: Feb 19 (Thurs) Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 E 49th St: La Shica performs Esa. 7 pm.

Lama Sidibe: Marfala Options / Fouta / Nimba Ent. Inc (2:11:40 )
GIG: TONIGHT at Taino Towers (possibly at Harlem Repertory Theatre but we’re not certain - there’s no web info), 240 East 123rd St, Harlem, 9 pm to 2 am.

Madala Kunene: Washa Options / 1959 / No Label (2:20:10 )

Abdallah Oumbadougou: Tadalt Options / Zozodinga / Original Dubmaster / * (2:26:02 )

Rossy: Vakisiny Options / Madagascar / Celluloid / 1997 (2:29:35 )

Razia Said: Baraingo Options / Akory / Cumbancha / * (2:33:03 )
GIG: Feb 19 (Thurs): Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St: Razia Said cd release for Akory. 9:30 pm.

Khaleba: Marary Fo (Heartbroken) Options / Various Artists: Feedback Madagascar / ARC Music / * (2:36:33 )

Vusi Mahlasela: Tswang Tswang Tswang Options / Sing to the People / ATO (2:41:15 )
GIGs: With Hugh Masekela, Feb 18 (Wed) @ Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College (Lefrak Hall), 65-30 Kissena Boulevard and Feb 20 (Fri) @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), 1 Sopac Way, South Orange NJ

Nemours Jean-Baptiste: Rinmin Ce Folie Options / Various Artists: 90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds from the Caribbean / Soul Jazz / * (2:47:21 )
New compilation

Los Tigres del Norte: Amor Garantizado Options / Unidos Para Siempre / Fonovisa (2:49:10 )
GIG: TONIGHT @ Bedford Armory, 1579 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn: Los Tigres Del Norte + La Adictiva Banda San Jose De Mesillas, Grupo Bryndis, Estrelas De Tuzantla.

Rakesh Chaurasia: Friendshiop Options / Vira / Navras (2:55:34 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:07pm glenn:

hey. kiran ahluwalia. a good toronto girl.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:20pm Sem Chumbo:

Quite familiar with Ms. Ahluwalia's work being a longtime listener to CBC out of, where else, Toronto. Lovely choice, Mr. W.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:22pm glenn:

hey rob, tell kiran that it's freezing cold in toronto and the leafs still suck.
  Sat. 2/14/15 6:23pm Lori:

Thanks to Rob for this show this afternoon. Shanti
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:23pm glenn:

oh, and jian ghomeshi's still a douchebag.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 6:27pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Happy Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Day for the Haryana folks of India.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:31pm dale:

beautiful voice!
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:34pm doca:

Hi, Rob, this is beyond amazing, I'm glad I'm hearing this live. Thanks!
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:35pm dale:

hudson valley folk can hear geetmala on wvkr saturday's at 9 am for wonderful indian music
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 6:35pm Bas NL:

Good evening Rob! Beautiful sounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 6:40pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@dale - Yes, that's on 91.3 FM and probably online somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 6:42pm Rob W:

Hi Everyone, thanks for checking in! By the way, here in NYC Columbia University's WKCR has the best Indian Classical programming.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:44pm dale:

when is that rob? all i know kcr for is phil shapf and the sunday country show.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:46pm glenn:

is it a good country show?
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:47pm dale:

oh, it is gooooood. old timey country, not modern crap.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:47pm glenn:

i just looked it up. it does look good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 6:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

WVKR stream address:
- & WKCR's :
- Great to have you back Rob ! (Tamar's fill-in was *very* good!)
- Thank You & your guest for this !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 6:51pm Rob W:

This page lists WKCR's South Asian and other world musicky shows:
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 6:54pm dale:

my squeezebox thanks you.
  Sat. 2/14/15 7:01pm steve j:

at last, Asha
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 7:16pm common:

Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 7:18pm doca:

When does the marathon starts, folks?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 7:21pm Ken From Hyde Park: is still showing Oct., 2014, at this time. I believe it starts March 8.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 7:24pm doca:

Nice, thanks @Ken. I can't wait to see the new premium CDs and swag.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 7:42pm Polyus:

This is great, Rob. Wish I had tuned in earlier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 7:43pm Rob W:

Thanks Polyus! And if I may backtrack - speaking of WVKR... my pal Akenataa Hammagaadji does a nice world music show there, Sunday nights, 9 pm.
Avatar Sat. 2/14/15 7:49pm Polyus:

There is a fantastic Hindustani singer & composer here in MN, Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan, who released a disc full Ghazals a few years back:
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 7:54pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Polyus, oh yes, I have that CD except - er... not with me! I will play it sometime, thanks for recommending it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/14/15 9:03pm Bas NL:

Thanks for another great episode Rob!
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