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Saturday, May 25, 2019 Options
The Long Weekend

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TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see Marja Mortensson, a gifted new interpreter of Sami Yoik Songs from Norway, with her trio, Monday June 10, 7 pm @ Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St in Lower Manhattan.

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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. (One pair of tickets available.) Deadline to enter is midnight Sunday. Winner will be notified by Tuesday.

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Marja Mortensson:

Joe's Pub:

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About the artist:

Marja Mortensson, who was just awarded the 2019 Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannspris), is an extraordinary Saami yoiker and singer from Norway who was born into a reindeer herding family.

Marja is part of a renaissance of Sami culture in Northern Europe, and she is dedicated to keeping her ancient and endangered language, culture and music alive. She is fluent in her Southern Sami language of which less than five hundred people speak.

By studying historical recordings from multiple museums and archives she has relearned some of her people’s old, traditional yoiks – songs that have been silent for far too long.

The unique soundscape created by the trio stems from a deep understanding and adherence to traditional yoiks and their melodies and brings in contemporary elements. The trio includes one of Norway’s most famous brass players and composers, Daniel Herskedal, on tuba/bass trumpet, and outstanding percussionist Jakop Janssønn.

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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.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Altın Gün: Leyla Options / Gece / Glitterbeat / * (0:00:00 )
GIG: Altin Gün @ Rough Trade, Brooklyn, Wed, July 24, 9 pm

Cem Karaca & Kardaşlar: Deniz Üstü Köpürür Options / Various ‎– Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu / Uzelli (0:03:40 )
(Foam from the ocean)

Beyaz Kelebekler: Yoğurt Koydum Dolaba Options / Köln Session 1976 / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:10:00 )
New reissue / anthology; the famous singer Ibrahim Tatlises also did this song

Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek: Dom Dom Kurşunu Options / Kar Yağar / Les Disques Bongo Joe / * (0:15:35 )
I think this may be a revision of an older song - I've played a song w/ the same name by Derdiyoklar Ikilisi

Ginger Baker: Mektoub Options / Middle Passage / Axiom (0:20:14 )
1990 album featuring Jah Wobble; produced by Bill Laswell

Acid Arab: La Hafla (feat. Sofiane Saidi) Options / Musique de France / Crammed Discs (0:27:27 )

47Soul: Sabah Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl (0:32:04 )
GIG: Saturday evening July 6: Oddisee + 47SOUL + NARCY @ Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell (FREE, donation encouraged)

A-WA: Malhuga Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / S-Curve Records / * (0:36:56 )
Buika + A-WA + Blick Bassy + DJ Tara @ Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield (FREE, donation encouraged) Sunday evening, June 30

Saleem: Maa Da Laadla Options / Dostana (Bollywood Soundtrack) / Sony (0:41:07 )

Malkit Singh: Ngland De Jugni Options / King of Bhangra / Satélite K ‎ (0:46:37 )

Teleferik: Sarr Lezim Options / Blood Orange Sirup / * (0:54:48 )

Nadah el Shazly: Palmyra Options / Ahwar / Nawa Recordings (0:57:52 )
GIG: Nadah El Shazly @ Joe's Pub Wednesday June 5, 9:30 pm

Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem: Dans Ma Rue Options / Vous et Nous / * (1:02:26 )
New reissue of album released in 1977 by Saravah

Mohamed Mazouni : Je N'aime Pas Le Jour, Je N'aime Pas La Nuit Options / Un Dandy en Exil (Algérie–France 1969–1983) / Born Bad / * (0:37:25 )
Singing in French basically to a traditional Algerian Rai backing. Album is a new anthology.

Rimitti: Chab el Goum Options / L'essence du Raï / Maghreb Hits (1:12:41 )

Sexteto Tabalá: Eso No es Na' Options / Un Helado de Portugal / Palenque Records / * (1:19:03 )

Tonga Boys: Ndakhala Nekha Options / Vindodo / 1000HZ Records / * (1:22:52 )

MC Waraba & Mélèké Tchatcho : Mali Kadi Options / Supreme Talent Show / Jarring Effects / * (1:28:51 )

Chancha via Circuito: Kawa Kawa (featuring Kaleema) Options / Bienaventuranza / Wonderwheel Recordings / * (1:31:44 )

Joe Hlupheda Bayana: Mbaqhanga Options / Gift of the Ancestors / Harare (1:36:02 )

Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma: De Matongé à Palenque Options / De Palenque à Matongé / Zephyrus / * (1:40:53 )

El Pupy: El Cumpleanos Options / Various Artists: Champeta Criolla / Palenque (1:47:35 )

Orchestra Les Mangelepa: Mbungu Options / Last Band Standing / Strut / * (1:50:55 )
2017 release by this long-running Kenyan Congolese-rumba-style band - but new to WFMU

Los Mirlos: El Milagro Verde Options / Various Artists: Cumbia Beat Volume 2 / Vampi Soul (2:09:44 )
GIG: TOMORROW night (Sun May 26) at 8 at Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn

Bareto: La Danza de los Mirlos Options / Sodoma Y Gamarra / Play Music & Video (2:12:22 )

Atropolis: Gaita NYC Options / Jump / Wonderwheel (2:16:58 )
GIG (related): Featuring Martin Vejarano of Cumbia River Band, who are playing tonight at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens

Mari Kalkun, Runorun: Soalaul (War Song) Options / Tii Ilo / Rockadillo (2:23:01 )

Etnosfäär: Kiigesepad Options / A Mis Tuu Om? / What is That? (2:27:48 )

Marja Mortensson: The Rheindeer Calves Options / Mojhtestasse = Cultural Heirlooms / Vuelie (2:37:35 )
GIG / Giveaway: Marja Mortensson with her trio, Monday Night, June 10, 7 pm at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. in Lower Manhattan. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is Sunday night at midnight; winners will be notified by Tuesday.

Ai!: Cantilenas de Pedra Options / Lavra, Boi, Lavra - Canções de Trabalho (Traditional Portuguese Work Songs) (2:44:23 )

Belouga Quartet: Tambourin-Polka Options / Quatuor de Galoubets-tambourins / * (2:47:04 )

Babra: Graovsko Options / Babra / Fonó Budai Zeneház / * (2:51:18 )

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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

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. 5/25/19 6:02pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi TSPjeros!
  Sat. 5/25/19 6:03pm evita:

Is Altin Gün the artist's name or track name?
  Sat. 5/25/19 6:05pm evita:

Ohhhh... diggin this set deeply!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 6:06pm chresti:

Hello sound paradise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 6:11pm Smilty69:

Que tal, Rob & friends? I hope everyone has an excellent Memorial Day weekend!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 6:14pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 6:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Ginger Baker from Cream? Wow!
  Sat. 5/25/19 6:27pm CC:

Remembering...Do What You Like... from Blind Faith...:)0(;
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 6:37pm chresti:

Beware Mr. Baker
  Sat. 5/25/19 7:08pm evita:

Loved hearing Brigitte.
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:11pm coelacanth∅:

aloha Rob & all
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 7:13pm chresti:

Hi coel
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:16pm coelacanth∅:

hey chresti!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 7:17pm Bas NL:

(Got some Cheikh Djilali Ain Tedeles, Rob?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 7:23pm chresti:

The Rimitti had a nice apocalyptic feeling to it
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:28pm northguineahills:

Damn, this Tonga Boys is very fresh (are they from Tonga?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 7:31pm Rob W:

Tonga Boys are from Mzuzu, Malawi. However per Wiki, "The Tonga (also called Batonga, Lake Shore Tonga or Nyasa Tonga) are an ethnic group living in northern Malawi on the shores of Lake Malawi in Nkhata Bay and northern part of Nkhotakota"
  Sat. 5/25/19 7:32pm tak:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 7:34pm Rob W:

Thanks tak, thanks everyone!
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:39pm northguineahills:

ah, thought it didn't sound Tongan, thanks, Rob!
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:46pm coelacanth∅:

this Dizzy-Ale music is gorgeous!
  Sat. 5/25/19 7:47pm Bill C:

Taking a break from the Mets for some music
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:48pm TDK60:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 7:50pm Rob W:

Greetings fellow sufferer Bill C!
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 7:50pm northguineahills:

I believe WFMU dj Mayuko has a bday coming up (El Cumpleanos)>
  Sat. 5/25/19 7:53pm Bill C:

It’s painful, Rob
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Bryce's birthday was last Thursday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:01pm Rob Weisberg:

Bring back the original Stork, George Theodore!
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:06pm northguineahills:

@Ken: Oh, yeah!
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:08pm northguineahills:

@Bill C: I usually watch my sports on mute w/ music on.... (the Mets could be worse this year)
  Sat. 5/25/19 8:17pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and free formers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:24pm chresti:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:26pm chresti:

This is a war song?
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:30pm TDK60:

chresti I found
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:31pm chresti:

The horn sounds nice
  Sat. 5/25/19 8:32pm Carmichael:

Yes, the stork.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:32pm chresti:

or horn sounds
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:34pm chresti:

Oh! thanks TDK60
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:36pm chresti:

The original Stork?
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:37pm coelacanth∅:

the only stork i know about is wfmu's Stork (of the stork club and occasional fill-ins and appearances on Rich Hazelton's show) ...and wfmu's Thomas Storck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:41pm chresti:

Ahhh I thought it might be a baseball being @coel
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:45pm coelacanth∅:

haha Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:45pm chresti:

in the meantime- lalala la la la
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:46pm coelacanth∅:

chresti it might be that too (?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:47pm radioronan:

moments like that are why I love live radio..great show as always , Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 8:58pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. Always a good show in this time slot.
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 8:58pm northguineahills:

danks, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Sat. 5/25/19 9:00pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/25/19 9:03pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
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