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Saturday, April 9, 2016 Options
Pakistani Sufi-Rock Guitar God Mekaal Hasan

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Tonight we meet Pakistani guitar wizard Mekaal Hasan. Hasan's Indo-Pakistani Sufi-rock band MHB - propelled by his smoldering guitar workouts and the power-packed vocals of Sharmistha Chatterjee - is on tour this month, supporting their excellent third album Andholan, with a stop at Joe's Pub on Friday night April 22 as well as gigs at World Cafe in Philadelphia on April 24 and Masquerade in Atlanta on April 26. We'll give you a taste of the band's dynamic live sound tonight by playing unreleased live tracks from the band's show at Baroda in Gujarat, India in April 2015. Bassist Amir Azhar also joins in on the interview.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: See the fantasic Malian electric band

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Sidestepper: Supernatural Love Options / Supernatural Love / Real World (0:00:00 )

Ghazalaw: Jugnu Ke Sitara Tha Options / Ghazalaw / Marvels of the Universe / * (0:05:50 )
Welsh and Pakistani Urdu poetry slam

Sandaraa: Jegi Jegi Lailajan Options / Sandaraa / Self-Released (0:11:06 )
GIG: Rockwood Music Hall, Wed May 11. Pashto traditions of Pakistan meet Nuyo-Judeo-Balkan sounds.

Olcay Bayir: Benim Yarim Options / Neva / Harmony / Riverboat (0:17:41 )

Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars with Maracatu NY: Pantagruel, Shiker Hindert Prozent Options / Carnival Conspiracy / Piranha (0:24:47 )
GIG: Two sets tonight at the Stone, 8 and 10 pm; plus Frank plays with David Bindman ensemble at the Stone Sunday night to complete a Stone residency.

Mekaal Hasan Band: Champakali Options / Andholan / Times Music (0:33:59 )
GIG: Friday April 22, 7 pm at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St.

Mekaal Hasan Band: Ghunghat Options / Live at Baroda, Gujarat, India, April 2015 / Unreleased (0:49:27 )
Sufi Kafi by Bulleh Shah (18th century)

Mekaal Hasan Band: Ranjha Options / Live at Baroda, Gujarat, India, April 2015 / Unreleased (1:01:22 )
Sufi Kafi by Bulleh Shah

Mekaal Hasan Band: Mahi Options / Live at Baroda, Gujarat, India, April 2015 / Unreleased (1:09:57 )

Mekaal Hasan Band: Andholan Options / Live at Baroda, Gujarat, India, April 2015 / Unreleased (1:18:40 )
Arrangement incorporates Raag Kirwani. The studio version of this song is the title cut on the band's latest cd.

Mekaal Hasan Band: Kinarey Options / Andholan / Times Music (1:33:59 )
Traditional Pakistani bandish

Mekaal Hasan Band: Ya Ali Options / Live at Baroda, Gujarat, India, April 2015 / Unreleased (1:38:15 )
Another bandish, but a different musical approach!

Imarhan: Assossamagh Options / Imarhan / City Slang / * (1:57:35 )
GIG: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, Sat May 7, 7 pm

Tamikrest: Aratan N Tinariwen Options / Taksera / Glitterbeat Records (2:01:33 )

The Byrds: Eight Miles High Options / Fifth Dimension / Columbia (2:06:01 )

Songhoy Blues: Soubour Options / Music in Exile / Transgressive Records (2:11:48 )
GIG: April 14 (Thurs): Le Poisson Rouge - WE HAVE TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY! Email robw AT wfmu DOT org with "TIX" in the subject line to get in the running - I'll email you by Monday if you're a winner.

Oumar Konate: La Ihala Options / Maya Maya / Clermont / * (2:14:41 )

M'Toro Chamou: Radio Tranganika Options / Punk Islands / Quart de Lune / * (2:19:37 )
From Mayotte, Comores Islands

Vusi Mahlasela: Tswang Tswang Tswang Options / Sing to the People / ATO (2:24:24 )
GIG: April 13 (Wed) Metropolitan Museum Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave: Acoustic Africa: Habib Koité & Vusi Mahlasela. 7 pm

Maika Munan: African Swinger Options / African Swinger / Melodie / 1995 (2:29:07 )
Featuring Papa Wemba vocals, among others

Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band: Eda Options / Táabákú / Eniobanke / * (2:33:56 )

Amara Touré: Temedy (featuring the Black and White Ensemble) Options / 1973​-​1980 / Analog Africa (2:37:02 )

Eyo'nle Brass Band: Africa Night Options / Empreinte du Père / Irfan Le Label (2:41:22 )

Gary Bartz: All Blues Options / Various Artists: Miles From India / Four Quarters (2:58:34 )



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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/9/16 6:08pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar    Sat. 4/9/16 6:09pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas and everyone, thanks for listening!
  Sat. 4/9/16 6:12pm katie:

Hi. Check email when you can.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 6:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Sufism wiki : en.wikipedia.org...
  Sat. 4/9/16 6:30pm whose museum:

Hey - interesting show! what's the dj's name?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 6:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@wm: www.wfmu.org...
  Sat. 4/9/16 6:55pm danh:

This is my kind of music. Thank you Rob Weisberg. My first time and not my last listening to your show.
Avatar    Sat. 4/9/16 7:00pm Rob W:

I'm glad you're enjoying it danh! Mekaal definitely comes from a certain place in terms of his rock influences... I think his band's music is a fascinating sort of hybrid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 7:10pm coelacanth:

good evening Rob and Mekaal and others
Avatar    Sat. 4/9/16 7:16pm Rob W:

Good evening coelacanth and everyone who wasn't here last time I said good evening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/9/16 7:34pm Bas NL:

Thank you Mekaal!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/9/16 7:47pm Ken From Hyde Park:

You could build a movie around this track (Live at Baroda). I don't know what movie, but this would be engaging music for it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 7:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Woh. Imagine being there Live for this...
  Sat. 4/9/16 8:03pm PSS:

Amazing groove. Damn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/9/16 8:09pm Bas NL:

<like>The Byrds!</like> ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 8:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

It was reportedly David Crosby of The Byrds who sealed the deal w/ introducing Beatle George to Ravi Shankar. Ravi also of course influenced Jazz saint John Coltrane - who influenced this Byrds - which influenced all of Psychedelic Rock really...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 8:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...for a charting Pop band in 1966 - this was bravery...
  Sat. 4/9/16 8:46pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and paradisios.
  Sat. 4/9/16 8:51pm whose museum:

3 am in Sweden, man!
Good show
And goodnight
Tack! Thanks for the music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/9/16 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/9/16 9:00pm coelacanth:

Thanks Rob
Thanks Mekaal and Amir
Great program!
ciao
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