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Saturday, February 23, 2019 Options
47SOUL Brings Shamstep From Palestine to the World

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London-based Palestinian band 47SOUL calls its music Shamstep. The Guardian calls it "a cheerfully wide-screen fusion of electronic hip-hop and traditional dabke dance music."

The band sees Shamstep as a new musical genre, literally defined on their debut EP which was called Shamstep, and which they are now beginning to expand upon with their new album Balfron Promise (on Cooking Vinyl). You can experience Shamstep in person when 47SOUL plays live at Brooklyn's BRIC House on Thursday night March 7th.

We'll hear all about it with guest El Far3i of 47SOUL on this week's show!



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More on 47SOUL (from their facebook bio):

47SOUL is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013. The members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora.

This new sound of 47SOUL has rapidly amassed fans in the Arab World and Europe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound through underground music scenes. On top of the beats that have been bumping in the Arab World for centuries, 47SOUL hypes it up with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers.

Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world.

The current lineup includes: Z the People (vocals & synths) El Far3i (darouka, Mc/Vocals) Walaa Sbeit (percussion, Mc/vocals) El Jehaz (guitar & vocals) Z the People (vocals & synths) El Far3i (Derbakeh, Mc/Vocals) Walaa Sbeit (percussion,Mc/vocals) El Jehaz (guitar & vocals)

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Umut Adan: Ortasindan Gel Options / Bahar / Riverboat (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Mohammed Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur: Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche Options / Shankar Jaikishan, Various Artists: Brahmachari (Bollywood OST) / Odeon (0:04:09 Pop‑up)

Sunil Perera and Gypsies: Kussiye Options / Sunil Perera and Gypsies / Gypsies (0:10:22 Pop‑up)

Kel Assouf: Fransa Options / Black Tenere / Glitterbeat / * (0:16:27 Pop‑up)

Bombino: Oulhin (My Heart Burns) Options / Deran / Partisan (0:20:48 Pop‑up)
GIG: Bombino @ Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., (presented by World Music Institute) Wed, March 20, 8 pm

Hama Sankare: Dewl Wege Options / Niafunke / Clermont / * (0:26:25 Pop‑up)

Samba Touré: Hawah Options / Wande / Glitterbeat (0:29:58 Pop‑up)

Dawda Jobarteh: Sidi Yellah Options / I Met Her By the River / Sterns / * (0:35:02 Pop‑up)

Sona Jobarteh: Bannaya Options / Fasiya / West African Guild (0:39:40 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sona Jobarteh @ Symphony Space (Presented by World Music Institute) Sun, June 23, 8 pm

Amadou Sodia: Adiananco Options / Ça Va Se Savoir / Sterns (0:43:38 Pop‑up)

Bibi Den's Tshibayi: L'amour Options / Sensible / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:52:48 Pop‑up)
New Reissue

47SOUL: Intro to Shamstep Options / Shamstep / 47SOUL (1:07:30 Pop‑up)

47SOUL: Gamar Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:20:12 Pop‑up)

47SOUL: Machina Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:29:00 Pop‑up)

47SOUL: Locked Up Shop Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:36:35 Pop‑up)

47SOUL: Mo Light Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:45:30 Pop‑up)

47SOUL: Ghazal (Promised Outro ) Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:56:53 Pop‑up)

Shafeeq Kabha: Ya Hala Hay Al Dayouf Options / Shabiaat / New Sound (2:09:35 Pop‑up)

Zenobia: Halak Halak Options / Soundcloud Single / Zenobia (2:15:13 Pop‑up)

A-WA: Mudbira (Unlucky) Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / TBA / * (2:22:44 Pop‑up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Tues night @ Baby's All Right - enter the giveaway on this page! This song is the advance single from their forthcoming (second) album.

Ine Sinthya: Lima Menit Lagi Options / Various Artists: 12 Super Funky Dangdut / MSM Records (2:25:50 Pop‑up)

Nina Nirmala: Polisi Cinta Options / Ada Ada Saja / Musica (2:31:01 Pop‑up)

Dexter Story: Jijiga Jijiya (feat. Marie Daulne) Options / Bahir / Soundway / * (2:35:07 Pop‑up)

DJ Click: Ajamal feat. Amrat Hussain (Masala Soundsystem Remix) Options / Various Artists; Hadra Trance Festival 2013 / Hadra (2:39:03 Pop‑up)

Mika Singh, Neha Kakkar, Kumar Sanu: Aankh Marey Options / Shabbir Ahmed, Tanishk Bagchi & Various Artists: Simmba (Bollywood OST) / T-Series (2:42:47 Pop‑up)

Angelica Negron: The Peculiar Pie Man of Porcupine Peak Options / No Album / Web Only (2:49:55 Pop‑up)

Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route: Hanleylun (featuring Sanubar Turusn, Hesenjan Tursun & Wu Man) Options / Music of Central Asia Vol.10: Borderlands / Smithsonian Folkways (2:58:08 Pop‑up)
GIG: Friday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with members of the Silk Road Ensemble; Wu Man will also perform with Yo-Yo Ma and the NY Philharmonic March 6-9 at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center.

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

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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.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety and well-being.

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!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 6:02pm chresti:

Hello Sound Paradise!
  Sat. 2/23/19 6:05pm M&K:

Dancing AND cooking
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 6:06pm Rob W:

Hi chresti and yes M&K, this time slot requires multi-tasking!
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 6:07pm slugluv1313:

Good Evening, Rob and everyone!
listening and feeding kitties :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 6:20pm Rob W:

Hi slugluv, hi Kitties! Dumpling is doing better by the way...
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 6:23pm Fredericks:

Rob, this "Fransa" by Kel Assouf, sounds wonderful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 6:24pm chresti:

I liked that too-Fransa
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 6:28pm Fredericks:

Is the playlist funky looking or am I looking funky?
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 6:28pm Brian in UK:

Hello Rob. Delicious sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 6:30pm Rob W:

Thanks Brian in UK! Fredericks: My playlist is a big scroll which we're kinda stuck with for the time being when I have a lot of information I want to include, though I'd love to change it someday... but otherwise it's normal...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 6:34pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob & friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 6:42pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, everyone. Looking forward to tonight's guests.
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 6:44pm slugluv1313:

@ Rob -- YAY DUMPLING!!! happy to hear this!
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 7:04pm northguineahills:

thanks for my nap's sndtrk, conscious again!
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 7:10pm northguineahills:

iinaa yaejabani!
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 7:17pm northguineahills:

The Arthur Balfour as in the Balfour Declaration?
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 7:24pm katie:

@slugluv he is doing better but he's still a target. How are you recovering?
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 7:28pm slugluv1313:

hi Katie!
please give him lots of cuddles for me :)
i am doing okay -- just supposed to be taking everything slowly but surely (so OF COURSE i want to jump right into Yoga and HapKiDo, hah!)
  Sat. 2/23/19 7:35pm ignatatus666:

  Sat. 2/23/19 7:45pm John from Florham Park:

Hello fellow WFMU listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 7:46pm chresti:

Hello again
  Sat. 2/23/19 7:47pm John from Florham Park:

Hello chresti
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 7:48pm Rob W:

Hi again chresti and John and everyone!
  Sat. 2/23/19 7:48pm John from Florham Park:

Hey rob ding good can’t complain
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 8:10pm northguineahills:

Today is the first day in 7 months I've been able to wear short sleeves (good thing, as It was 89F/32C) as my skin has recovered enough. Started exercising for the first time (outside of walking) yesterday. Still can't wear shorts
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 8:14pm Smilty69:

Great show, Rob! Thanks 47SOUL! Hope everyone has a chill night!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 8:16pm Rob W:

Thanks Smilty and good to hear ngh!
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 8:19pm slugluv1313:

fantastic show, Rob -- 47SOUL are freakin' awesome!
@ ngh -- excellent news!!! (and YAY! exercise *other* than walking! looking forward to that myself!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 8:19pm Megaroni:

Omg, luv this grooving sound! Thanks TPSP
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 8:21pm Megaroni:

I will definitely check 47Soul at Bric!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 8:28pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Megaroni!
  Sat. 2/23/19 8:29pm djsheilab:

Loving this Ine Sinthya track. WOW!
  Sat. 2/23/19 8:32pm John from Florham Park:

Hello Sheila glad your digging this music too
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/23/19 8:34pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Sheila B! It used to be pretty impossible to find Indonesian dangdut music in the US but of course a lot has popped up streaming online in recent years - the comp I chose that track from is actually available online via the usual suspects...
  Sat. 2/23/19 8:34pm djsheilab:

And this Nina Nirmala too! Mind blown!
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 8:37pm northguineahills:

@slugluv: Hope get healthy soon. I've been absent more then usual from WFMU (gotta get another jobby job).
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 8:41pm slugluv1313:

so cool -- 47SOUL performing at the Arab-American National Museum!!!
AND at Celebrate Brooklyn! in July! thanks again, Rob, for all the links/information!
  Sat. 2/23/19 8:41pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Paras.
Avatar Sat. 2/23/19 8:58pm northguineahills:

Thanks, Rob and 47Soul!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 8:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Another great three hours!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 2/23/19 9:00pm chresti:

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