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Saturday, March 2, 2019 Options
WFMU Fundraiser Show With MC Irene
Please Make a Pledge Here, Thanks!

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Greetings dear listeners! I hope you can pledge tonight to support WFMU!

If you pledge to my show right here, as usual I've made a custom conceptual world music cd for everyone who pledges $75 or more.

This year's custom cd is Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg presents No Borders! Unbounded Sounds From Around the World: A GPS-defying collection of fabulous tracks that can’t be walled in by genre or geography!.



Of course, if my cd doesn't float your boat you can choose a different DJ's premium (cd or otherwise) instead. You can see the full list of DJ CD premiums at https://wfmu.org/dj-premiums/.

I’m now in my fourth decade on WFMU! Who’d a thunk it? And if you are in a good place economically, perhaps you’ll consider celebrating my radio longevity by making a $10 per month (or more) sustaining Swag For Life pledge.

If you do, your cup shall runneth over with WFMU swag EVERY year!

This year for a pledge of $50 or more you get our Japanese Funhouse T-shirt (designed by Yu Maeda)

And for a $10 per month swag for life pledge you’ll receive the WFMU | Radio T-shirt, designed by Greg Harrison!

But any amount you can pledge is most fabulous and wonderful. And it just takes a $20 pledge to get our fab new WFMU Minotaur Bumper Sticker, designed by Kirsten Ulve, discount admission to our Record Fair April 26 - 28 at Brooklyn Expo Center - AND you’ll get in the running for a prize drawing for one of the great LPs and CDs I’m giving away to lucky pledgers this evening!

A premium-cd-level pledge of $75 or more also gets you into the running for our grand prize, Opika Pende, Africa at 78 RPM, 112 page book with 4 CDs, dozens of full-color images from the era, the CDs feature 100 never-before-reissued recordings from the 1909-1960s.

And you can peruse the fabulous swag on offer station-wide at various pledge levels at https://wfmu.org/swag.

From the Introduction to Opika Pende by Jonathan Ward (who compiled and edited the set): It is truly astonishing to consider the tremendous variety of music that was pressed to shellac discs on the continent of Africa. Popular songs, topical songs, work songs, comic songs, songs of worship, ritual, dance, and praise—the sheer range of musical styles resists any easy categorization. Further, African geography itself resists boundaries. The boundaries of cultures and languages are often far more complex than political boundaries. Complicating things further, entire countries seem to have been skipped over by both commercial 78 rpm record companies and ethnographers during the 78 rpm era. No doubt it was the same with many cultures. But that doesn’t mean that 78s weren’t everywhere, even in remote parts of the continent. By the mid-1960s, 78s were still a popular if not preferred medium in much of Africa, as a significant amount of the population still used wind-up gramophone players. I have created this compilation with one simple goal in mind: to showcase a diverse amount of long-forgotten music from Africa that transports me as a listener. It is one person’s offering of music that is wholly unavailable except in its original elusive and fragile format.

Thanks!

This Week's Playlist:

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Huellas: Golondrina Options (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Delgres: Whole Lotta Love Options / Live on WFMU Transpacific Sound Paradise, Saturday Sept 24 2018 (0:04:18 Pop‑up)

Moonlight Benjamin: Papa Legba Options / Siltane (0:07:02 Pop‑up)
GIG: Moonlight Benjamin @ Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium (FREE) Thu, April 25, 7:30pm, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St

Fairport Convention: Matty Groves - from the vinyl reissue of their definitive album Liege & Lief - our first prize up for grabs - get in the running for it with your pledge now Options (0:12:43 Pop‑up)

Fairport Convention: Tam Lin - from the vinyl reissue of their definitive album Liege & Lief - our first prize up for grabs - get in the running for it with your pledge now Options (0:21:02 Pop‑up)

Transvaal Rockin' Jazz Stars: From our GRAND PRIZE 4 cd set and 112 page book Opika Pende - African on 78 - get in the running with a pledge of $75 or more! Options (0:30:00 Pop‑up)

Band of the Gold Coast Police: From our GRAND PRIZE 4 cd set and 112 page book Opika Pende - African on 78 - get in the running with a pledge of $75 or more! Options (0:30:34 Pop‑up)

George Sisimayi and His Crazy Five: From our GRAND PRIZE 4 cd set and 112 page book Opika Pende - African on 78 - get in the running with a pledge of $75 or more! Options (0:33:33 Pop‑up)

Saor Patrol: Bog Trotter from Battle of Kings - we're giving Saor Patrol's Battle of Kings CD away now and hardly anybody's in the running - get in the running with a pledge now! Options (0:47:41 Pop‑up)

Bappi Lahiri - Everybody Dance with Me: Everybody Dance With Me - from our premium cd - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (0:51:40 Pop‑up)

Ziad Rahbani: Sayidi Aatina - from our premium cd - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (0:54:28 Pop‑up)

3 Hür-El yidi Aatina - from our premium cd - pledge $75 or more and it's your: Kol Basti - from our premium cd - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (0:57:22 Pop‑up)

Khaira Arby: Dja Cheickna (Live on WFMU) from Transmissions to the Love Room - Live Music From WFMU on Blue Vinyl - Pledgee $41/month or more to get it and lots more! Options (1:10:09 Pop‑up)

Imharhan Timbuktu: Aichata (Live on our show in 2013!) Options (1:13:58 Pop‑up)

Noura Mint Seymali: Tikifite (Live on our show in 2013!) Options (1:16:57 Pop‑up)
GIG: Noura Mint Seymali + Little Strike @ Brooklyn Bowl Thu, March 21, 8 pm

Sharhabeel Ahmed: Argos Farfish - from Habibi Funk - a great compilation up for grabs as a prize to one lucky pledger right now - get in the running with a pledge of any amount! Options (1:22:40 Pop‑up)

Jalil Bennis et Les Golden Hands: Mirza - from Habibi Funk - a great compilation up for grabs as a prize to one lucky pledger right now - get in the running with a pledge of any amount! Options (1:27:15 Pop‑up)

Jean Bosco Mwenda: Masanga (From our GRAND PRIZE 4 cd set and 112 page book Opika Pende - African on 78 - get in the running with a pledge of $75 or more!) Options (1:38:27 Pop‑up)

La Peruanita: Recuerda Corazon - from the 2 LP set up for grabs NOW- Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes - Huayno, Carnaval, & Cumbia 1968 to 1978 - pledge to get in the running! Options (1:42:19 Pop‑up)

Los Walkers: Todos Vuelven - from the 2 LP set up for grabs NOW- Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes - Huayno, Carnaval, & Cumbia 1968 to 1978 - pledge to get in the running! Options (1:45:18 Pop‑up)

Markscheider Kunst: Mokili - from our premium cd "No Borders" - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (1:48:08 Pop‑up)

Jolly Orchestra: Egberun Buso -From our GRAND PRIZE 4 cd set and 112 page book Opika Pende - African on 78 - get in the running with a pledge of $75 or more! Options (1:52:30 Pop‑up)

Francis Baloyi & Shangaan Band: From our GRAND PRIZE 4 cd set and 112 page book Opika Pende - African on 78 - get in the running with a pledge of $75 or more! Options (1:54:54 Pop‑up)

Daisy Voisin: Hooray Hoorah - from our premium cd "No Borders" - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (1:57:35 Pop‑up)

Conjunto Kori Cinta: Toyascha - from the 2 LP set up for grabs NOW- Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes - Huayno, Carnaval, & Cumbia 1968 to 1978 - pledge to get in the running! Options (2:01:31 Pop‑up)

Bombino: Midiwan - From Deran - the album up for grabs NOW! Options (2:12:41 Pop‑up)

Bombino: Oulhin - From Deran - the album up for grabs NOW Options (2:15:56 Pop‑up)

Bombino: Takamba - From Deran - the album up for grabs NOW - pledge and get in the running - the odds are good! Options (2:19:51 Pop‑up)
GIG: Bombino @ Le Poisson Rouge (presented by World Music Institute) Wed, March 20, 8 pm

Kel Assouf: Alyochan Options / Black Tenere / * (2:22:51 Pop‑up)

Transglobal Underground: The Khaleegi Stomp Options / Impossible Broadcasting (2:26:05 Pop‑up)

Angelque Kidjo: Once in a Lifetime - From Remain in Light - her LP, up for grabs now! Options (2:37:31 Pop‑up)
GIG: Angelique Kidjo's Remain in Light @ McCarter Theatre, Princeton, Fri, April 12, 8 pm

Angélique Kidjo: Crosseyed and Painless - From Remain in Light - her LP, up for grabs now! Options (2:45:32 Pop‑up)

Grupo C.I.M.: Joropo No. 1 - from our premium cd "No Borders" - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (2:53:16 Pop‑up)

Basiwali: I Have Nothing - from our premium cd "No Borders" - pledge $75 or more and it's yours! Plus you get in the running for our grand prize! Options (2:56:13 Pop‑up)



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Email here to JOIN the TSP E-MAIL LIST for giveaways, show news!

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 https://www.bustle.com/p/9-immigration-organizations-to-donate-to-if-you-want-to-support-daca-recipients-80757.)

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!

  Sat. 3/2/19 6:10pm kev:

hi Rob, good luck begging
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 6:11pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob & Irene!
  Sat. 3/2/19 6:12pm Adam West Coaster:

Hi Rob, you won’t have to beg from me. WFMU’s programming is its own reward for my contributions. ✊
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 6:16pm slugluv1313:

greetings, Rob and Irene!
no need to beg here, either -- always happy to support you and WFMU :)
  Sat. 3/2/19 6:17pm Ramoner:

Hi Rob and Irene!!! Sitting here with one of your fans. He encouraged me to download wfmu app. Jeff Tell is his name. He says hello.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 6:20pm chresti:

Hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 6:25pm Rob W:

Hi everybody, thanks for joining us - I hope you can support the station and please spread the word, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 6:44pm Ike:

Hey there! Everybody please pitch in during the FIRST week because it's usually slow, so you have a better chance of winning a prize drawing! Don't wait until the second week when everybody else does it! DO IT NOW!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 6:48pm Irene Trudel:

So glad to be here with you all tonight! Hope we can raise lots of money in support od Rob's Transpacific Sound Paradise on WFMU. There are few shows like it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 6:53pm Irene Trudel:

Up for grabs now--Soar Patrol's "Battle of Kings." Get in the drawing buy pledging to wfmu.org/pledge or 1-800-989-9368.
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 6:53pm northguineahills:

of, course, my wife got laid off two weeks after me, so, no pledging this year....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 6:56pm Bas NL:

Bappi Lahiri!! Got to have your premium.. ;)
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 6:57pm herb.nyc:

I am happy to provide moral support, even though I am amoral. (I will be at monochrome set soon, with freeganed bread for the kitchen.). Go WFMU!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 6:58pm Irene Trudel:

I heard, NGH. So sorry! I know you've been big supporters in the past. Hope you're back on good footing soon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 7:08pm Ike:

I hope that LP comes with a download code...but even if it doesn't, I'm getting it!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 7:10pm northguineahills:

@Irene: I'll hit joe mcG as soon as I'm back on my feet to get my boombox icon back. I have two keen job skype interviews next week (I miss the place, but I love this corner of FL as well).
  Sat. 3/2/19 7:13pm dano59:

Vinyl! Been a while since FMU did an LP premium
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 7:15pm Irene Trudel:

Yes, there is a download code for those lacking a turntable. That album we're taling about-- "Transmissions From the Love Room"-- is available for pledges of $500 ($41/montrh). Call 1800-989-9328 or wfmu.org/pledge
  Sat. 3/2/19 7:25pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Irene. S4L listener here. Everybody pledge!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 7:26pm TDK60:

Good luck NGH: We know you'll help out when the time comes...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 7:30pm joe:

What’s the amount to get in the running for this?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 7:31pm Ike:

Thanks Irene! Good to know!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 7:32pm northguineahills:

gracias, TDK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 7:34pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@ngh - If I could, I'd fly down and drive a rental truck back north for you. How big of a truck to hold your music collection?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 7:34pm Ike:

Merriam-Webster says that both pronunciations are acceptable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 7:35pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends! NGH, I hope things improve soon, bro!
  Sat. 3/2/19 7:45pm John from Florham Park:

Hello fellow WFMU listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 7:48pm Irene Trudel:

Next prize giveaway-- "Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes'" a 2 LP set featuring Huyano, Carnaval & Cumbia music from 1968-1978. Pledge at WFMU.org or call 1-800-989-9368 to get in on the drawing!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 7:51pm TDK60:

Hello John of Florham Pk.
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 7:56pm northguineahills:

@Ken:* Looks at shelves* if I tetris it, maybe a 17 footer.
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 7:56pm northguineahills:

danks, Smilty69!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 8:16pm Ike:

IDK about Indian restaurants lately, but I hear there's a great Bangladeshi place in Jersey City: ethnojunkie.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 8:20pm Rob Weisberg:

Looks great, thanks for the tip Ike! JC has great Indian restaurants of course - one of our faves is the all-veg Sapthagiri
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 8:20pm Irene Trudel:

Bombino's latest, "Deran," is our next giveaway for a pledge of as little as $20 (but we hope you'll give more). 1-800-989-9368 or wfmu.org...
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:21pm TDK60:

..sounding good. NYC? London? NJ? Montreal? Omaha? over..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 8:22pm Mr. Pumpy:

Damn...I'm a Swag for Lifer, but I'm digging the hell out of this 2XLP comp.
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:22pm matty from brooklyn:

Digging this track, Rob.
Gonna have to go out and grab this one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 8:23pm Rob W:

Thanks Mr. Pumpy, Matty and everyone!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:27pm TDK60:

.c'mon folks, this show rocks, proof pudding right here now..
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:30pm Andrew S:

When i saw Bombino I did something I rarely do which was go to the little meet and greet booth afterewards because I was so impressed with the show, it was just grear. He was really nice and kept smiling and saying thank you, Im not sure whether he spoke any more english than that. There was a guitarist in the band from boston (I think), he did most of the chatting. Was such a good set.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 8:33pm tak:

crazy bassist with crazy bass
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:38pm TDK60:

Angelique Kidjo is a New Yorker now. Saw that live 'Remain,' good!
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:39pm queems:

how much do we pledge for this last one?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 8:40pm Rob W:

$20 or more gets you in the running for Angelique Kidjo LP or Bombino CD!
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:41pm queems:

gotcha!! thanks rob!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:43pm northguineahills:

My parents didn't listen to anything but church music....
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:45pm queems:

done and done!! i’ve been meaning to buy this album! hope i win!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/2/19 8:50pm Mr. Pumpy:

Rob, I love the show, but am not always around the radio during your time slot. I think you turned me on to The Souljazz Orchestra a couple years back...and I bought some vinyl immediately. Then I bought a house...and the bank account took a major hit. I give when I can. THANK YOU!
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:51pm Carmichael:

Just this Kidjo song on SheilaB’s show yesterday. Excellent version!
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:51pm kev:

Support WFMU I do,swag for life is easy,they even contact you to renew
  Sat. 3/2/19 8:52pm queems:

i haven’t picked any of my swag yet ahhhh
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:55pm TDK60:

Gracias, Rob & Irene. Keep rockin' the Planet..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 8:56pm chresti:

Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/2/19 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob and Irene!
Avatar Sat. 3/2/19 8:58pm northguineahills:

Thanks Irene and Rob!
  Sat. 3/2/19 9:00pm queems:

AWESOME! thanks guys :)
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