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Caracoles: Effervescent Sounds of the Canary Islands Recorded Live at WOMEX

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Caracoles, from Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands, play mestizo music: rousing blends of Spanish, Latin American and African styles reflecting the islands' cultural diversity, history and location - the Canaries are much closer to Morocco than to continental Spain. The band just released a great new album, their third, called Flores.

Caracoles is also very politically conscious: They've raised money for refugees - in fact they're performing a benefit for Syrian refugees tonight (Saturday December 1st) in Tenerife! And they traveled to Greece to perform at refugee camps there.

This past October, Caracoles performed as part of the opening night gala at WOMEX, Europe's itinerant "world music" expo - which was being held for the first time ever in the Canary Islands. The next day, Caracoles got together with Rob to record an exclusive WFMU session in the WOMEX / EBU radio studio - which we hear on tonight's show!

Check out the wonderful new Caracoles album Flores - and their earlier releases too - on Bandcamp:

Caracoles web page:

Caracoles on facebook (please like them!):

By the way, the band's name has a double-meaning: While "caracoles" means "snails" in Spanish, singer Nuria Hernández tells us that the choice of name really was inspired by the palo flamenco (flamenco style) called caracoles. Which, in turn, comes from a group of flamenco palos called cantiñas that originated in the area of Cádiz in Andalusia, in southern Spain.

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineers Sigtor Kjetså of NRK, Norway's national broadcasting service and Janko Johann of COSMO, the multi-cultural service of German broadcaster WDR, with assistance from musician / engineer Willy Sahel; as well as to NRK host / producer Sigbjørn Nedland, and to Gaurav Narula of Piranha, the venerable German world music record label, creative content producers and producers of WOMEX.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see Yasmine Hamdan + Caged Animals, at Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, Monday night (Dec 3) - doors open at 8.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. Deadline to enter is TONIGHT at 9 pm. Two pairs of tickets are available. Anyone may enter but this will be a weighted giveaway with preference as follows: First preference to listeners who have never won tickets on this show. For those who have won tickets on this show in the past, priority be based on the amount of time that has passed since the last time you have won tickets on this show (in other words, the longer it's been since you last won tickets on this show, the better your chances to win this time)... Winners will be notified by tomorrow (Sunday).

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Yasmine Hamdin bio by Mark Deming, all music guide:

Yasmine Hamdan is a pioneer in Middle Eastern pop music; she was the leader of Soap Kills, generally cited as the first indie/electronic act to rise to fame in that part of the world, and went on to gain an international audience as a musician, songwriter, and actress. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1976, Yasmine's career in music began in the mid-'90s with a rock band called Lombrix, which also featured multi-instrumentalist Zeid Hamdan (despite sharing the same last name, they're not related). In 1997, after Lombrix split up, Yasmine and Zeid launched a new project that would combine traditional Arabic music with contemporary electronic sounds. Together, they formed Soap Kills, releasing their debut album, Bater, in 2001.

Soap Kills was one of the first independent acts in Lebanon to gain a following, and became one of the most talked-about acts in the Middle East. After cutting two more albums, 2005's Cheftak and 2005's Enta Fen, and touring Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, Yasmine relocated to Paris, where she fell in with producer Mirwais, a former member of the band Taxi Girl who also collaborated with Madonna. Together, they created the 2008 album Arabology under the name Y.A.S.; Yasmine also made music with the American indie act CocoRosie.

In 2012, Yasmine stepped out on her own, going into the studio with producer Marc Collin to record her first solo effort. The album, called Yasmine Hamdan, was released in France and Lebanon by the end of the year, while a revamped and expanded edition, titled Ya Nass, was given an international release by Crammed Discs in 2013. In 2014, Yasmine's international career got a serious boost when filmmaker Jim Jarmusch featured her in his hipster vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston; in the movie, Yasmine plays herself and delivers a mesmerizing performance at a nightclub in Tangiers.

Yasmine returned in 2017 with her second studio album, Al Jamilat (The Beautiful Ones). Produced in part by U.K. producers Luke Smith and Leo Abrahams, the album also saw her collaborating with Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily.

This Week's Playlist:

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Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek : Oy Oy Emine Options / Uç Kiz Bir Ana / Bongo Joe / * (0:00:00 )

Ankaralı Turgut: Kaynana Options / Dah Diri Dom - Annene Deyivereceğim (0:04:16 )

Ozan Aksoy: Layla Options / Ozan / * (0:07:27 )

Arash Moradi: Whirling Phrases Options / The Bridge / * (0:12:56 )

Dolunay: Rodop Dağları Engindir Options / Our House (0:22:37 )
GIG: Dolunay Duo + Falsa @ Owl Music Parlor, 497 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, TONIGHT @ 8 pm

Gaye Su Akyol: Şahmeran Options / İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir | / Glitterbeat / * (0:26:17 )

Yasmine Hamdan: Balad - Olga Kouklaki Remix Options / Al Jamilat Remixed / * (0:33:54 )
GIG / GIveaway - see info and link on this page for our giveaway to see her show Monday night @ Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

Moulay Ahmed Elhassani: Mi Hanna Dada Options / Atlas Electric / Hive Mind Records / * (0:38:09 )

Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda: Gasbah Trisinti Options / El Ndjoum / Airfono / * (0:45:00 )

Sabry Mosbah: Rock Mjarred Options / Mes Racines / Accords Croisés (0:53:33 )

Caracoles: Flores Options / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:02:08 )

Caracoles: Interview Options / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:04:12 )

Caracoles: Tiempo Options / Flores / Clipia / * (1:09:57 )

Caracoles: Interview Options / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:15:41 )

Caracoles: El Olvido Options / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:19:34 )

Caracoles: Mistica Alegria Options / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:22:57 )

Caracoles: Futuro Options / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:26:42 )

Caracoles: Tu Principe Azul Flojo Options / Flores / Clipia / * (1:31:51 )

Caracoles: Cumbia Mujiquera Options / Flores / Clipia / * (1:35:23 )

Doctor Nativo: Guatemaya Options / Guatemaya / Stonetree / * (1:40:55 )

Cumbia River Band: Cumbia Alegre Options / Río / CHIA Records / * (1:44:23 )

Angel Viloria y Su Conjunto Tipico Cibaeno: Macario y Felipa Options / Volume 3 / Ansonia (1:48:06 )

Les Fantaisistes de Carrefour: Ti Mesdames Carrefour Options / Various Artists: Haiti Direct: Big Band Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds 1960-78 / Strut Records (1:51:04 )

Yamoah's Band: Abotare Options / Asem Sebe (Over To You) / Hezy Allway (1:55:04 )

Bopol Mansiamina, Baba Ley Assaka et Orchestre Mode Succes: Je Peux Attraper Hypertension Options / Innovation Vol. 4 / Midi France (1:57:56 )

Tabanka: Fund Cabok Options / Spertador / * (2:04:31 )

Tulipa Negra: N'pensa Na Bo Cabo Verde Options / Joaninha Namorada (2:10:34 )

Tautumeitas: Bērziņš Options / Tautumeitas / * (2:18:47 )

Suistamon Sähkö : Viimeistä Päivää Options / Etkot / * (2:22:01 )

Úzgin Űver : Shirat Hayam Options / Patak / * (2:24:47 )
Featuring PollyFlow

Lee Narae: Soorisoori Mahasoori Options / Various Artists: Into the Light 7 (2:29:59 )

Black String: Mask Dance Options / Mask Dance / ACT Music (2:35:42 )
GIG: Thurs Jan 17, FREE @ Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway btw 62 / 63rd Streets, 7:30 pm - but get there early to ensure admission

Toronto Tabla Ensemble: Sare Nau Options / Bhumika / * (2:43:33 )

Haruomi Hosono & The Yellow Magic Band: Fujiyama Mama Options / Paraiso / Light in the Attic / * (2:52:47 )
New reissue of 1978 LP

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If you want to be on an email list for special ticket and music giveaways and to hear news about upcoming specials and special events send an email to Rob W here and be sure to write "list" in the subject line.

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

Listener comments!

  Sat. 12/1/18 6:19pm SeanG:

hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 6:21pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends! I'm looking forward to tonight's performance of Caracoles. I already like their social activism!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 6:21pm chresti:

Hello! Rob and TSP friends !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 6:26pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 6:29pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 6:42pm Rob W:

Hi Bas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:07pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Back from a pizza run just in time to catch the live performance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:08pm Rob W:

Hi Ken, enjoy your pizza!
Avatar Sat. 12/1/18 7:31pm squideyes:

Hello everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:32pm Rob W:

Hello squideyes!
Avatar Sat. 12/1/18 7:33pm squideyes:

this music makes me want to swing my hips in the moonlight! love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:34pm Contrary Mary:

Saludos y feliz tardes todos!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:35pm Tome:

<< Clap >> simply fantabulous !! feel good !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:36pm Rob W:

Gracias Tome & Contrary Mary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 7:56pm Contrary Mary:

You're welcome : ) !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:03pm Ken From Hyde Park:

(I don't find any search results for "Yaomah's Band." Is it "Yamoah's Band" instead?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:05pm Rob W:

Sorry about that KHP, yes, Yamoah's band from Ghana!
  Sat. 12/1/18 8:07pm Manolo:

Fantastic set!!!
dancing with my mom
  Sat. 12/1/18 8:07pm βrian:

Me, too. But with my cat, that is.
  Sat. 12/1/18 8:09pm Adrian RR:

N'ka pudi kredita ma é um bom funaná Kriolu mezmu! Só sodadi di Kauberdi ki'N ta teni! Love to hear Cabo-Verdean music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:11pm Rob W:

Thanks Adrian, Manolo, βrian, everyone!
  Sat. 12/1/18 8:17pm Adrian RR:

No apologies necessary your Kriolu pronunciation is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:19pm Megaroni:

Hi TPSP! Sounding great tonite
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:25pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni, thanks Adrian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:56pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:57pm Bas NL:

Great show again Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/1/18 8:57pm Mert:

What a fun track!
  Wed. 12/5/18 2:19pm Caracoles:

Hi! Rob, thank you very much! Such a great experience be at the radio with you! Big hugs from Tenerife. Nuria❤️
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