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Saturday, June 29, 2019 Options
A-WA: Exuberant Yemeni-Jewish Dance Music

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Take three vocally gifted Israeli sisters, an old Yemeni-Jewish song, add musical guidance from a leader of electro-roots groundbreakers Balkan Beat Box... the result: A-WA's Habib Galbi, a global smash with over 12 million YouTube views.

A-WA takes ancient Yemenite Jewish women's songs to the dancefloor and they're taking the world by storm. A-WA is touring to support their wonderful second album Bayti Fi Rasi, with a big Central Park Summerstage show Sunday evening June 30th. But first, experience A-WA live on WFMU!

Big thanks to A-WA's engineer Eran Ben Zur and to WFMU volunteer Ilana!

This Week's Playlist:

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Idan Raichel feat. Bombino: Imidiwanine Options / And If You Will Come To Me / Cumbancha (0:00:00 )

Bantunani : Night Options / Moonkinjazz / * (0:06:41 )

Oumar Konaté: Oumar Bakoi Options / I Love You Inna / Clermont / * (0:07:02 )

Tal National: Akokas Options / Tantabara / * (0:13:46 )
GIG: Public Records, Brooklyn, Thurs Aug 1

75 Dollar Bill: WZN3 Options / I Was Real / Thin Wrist / * (0:21:07 )
GIG: Monday night - record release party at Roulette in Brooklyn with Natural Information Society

Ahmed ag Kaedi: Imouhagh Siwlat Options / Various Artists: Agrim Agadez: Musique Guitare de la République du Niger / Sahel Sounds (0:25:44 )

Les Pigions Du Sable: Soudani Options / Gnaoua: Music Khamlia (0:27:46 )

Mazouni: Mon Amour il est Gentil Options / Un Dandy en Exil (Algérie–France 1969–1983) / Born Bad / * (0:31:39 )

Yemen Blues: Jat Mahilbathi Options / Live in Tel Aviv / Chant Records (0:37:41 )
GIG: Joe’s Pub Wed July 3

Ali Hassan Kuban: Amira Options / From Nubia To Cairo / Piranha (0:52:47 )

A-WA: Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / S-Curve Records (1:01:38 )

A-WA: Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / S-Curve Records / * (1:03:20 )

A-WA: Malhuga (Live on WFMU) Options (1:13:30 )

A-WA: Mudbira (Live on WFMU) Options (1:31:07 )

A-WA: Shama'a Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / S-Curve Records (1:31:31 )

A-WA: Makhada Min Thahab Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / S-Curve Records (1:34:20 )

Ahmad Adaweya: Salametha Omm Hassan Options / The Very Best Of Ahmad Adaweya (1:41:01 )

Musicians of the Nile: Tangled Up In Blue Options / Various Artists: From Another World: A Tribute to Bob Dylan (1:46:06 )

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Sideways Fall Options / Simultonality / Eremite (1:52:04 )
GIG: Monday night - at Roulette in Brooklyn with 75 Dollar Bill

Souad Massi, feat. Francis Cabrel: Tout Reste à Faire Options / Ô Houria / Wrasse (2:06:00 )

Raghu Dixit: Jag Changa Options (2:10:43 )

Roberto López: Hay Pescao Options / Criollo Electrik / Stonetree Records (2:15:31 )

Dionísio Rocha: Lemba Options / Various Artists: Angola 70's 1972-1973 / Buda Musique (2:18:40 )

Ladama: Elo Options / Ladama / Six Degrees (2:27:11 )

Sessa: Orgia Options / Grandeza (2:29:25 )
GIG: Sessa + Ilya @ National Sawdust (Brasil Summerfest) Wednesday eve July 23

Spaza: Sunlight, Glycerine, 2 loose draws Options / Spaza / * (2:33:33 )

Santana featuring Buika: Africa Speaks Options / Africa Speaks (2:42:52 )
GIG: With Blick Bassy and A-WA, tomorrow, 6 pm @ Central Park SummerStage

The Tiptons Sax Quartet: Yugo A Go Go Options / Laws of Motion (2:47:56 )

Collectif Medz Bazar: Done Yar Options / O / * (2:53:57 )

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Listener comments!

  Sat. 6/29/19 6:04pm djsheilab:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 6:04pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 6:05pm Stanley:

I'm piling in despite it's way past my bedtime..
  Sat. 6/29/19 6:12pm M&K:

We’re batting cleanup! Bases loaded.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 6:13pm chresti:

Hello Rob and the TSPs!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 6:13pm listener monica:

Rob, I assume you had a hand in bringing Mdou Moctar to Monty Hall. THAT was a treat!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 6:16pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends! The A-WA show at Central Park is free!!!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 6:17pm Franco Twinkie:

Hey Rob! I only wear one dirty sneaker and a cereal bowl on my head when I listen to your show. I save my flowing robes for trips to the department of motor vehicles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 6:17pm Rob W:

I wasn't directly involved listener monica although I certainly encouraged the idea! I'm planning to air the recording of the Moctar Monty Hall concert later this summer.
  Sat. 6/29/19 6:19pm Fredericks:

Hey, Rob. Great opening set.
  Sat. 6/29/19 6:22pm Fredericks:

Liking this one too!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 6:28pm Fredericks:

Jeez. I have things to do and you have me hypnotized.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 6:29pm Rob W:

I'm sure you'll snap out of it soon Fredericks!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 6:33pm Fredericks:

Rob! Cut it out out. Next thing you know you'll be playing Oliver Mtukudzi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 6:36pm Aaron Working In Newark:

Good Evening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 7:11pm chresti:

At first I thought Rob said " were left in a void"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 7:18pm Rob W:

I think I'm always in a bit of a void!
  Sat. 6/29/19 7:19pm djsheilab:

Sounding fantastic! So glad they made it despite one sister having to rest her voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 7:22pm Rob W:

Thanks Sheila!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 7:23pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Rob and esteemed listeners. Been napping on and off today. I should be caught up on sleep now after the trek back from Mdou Moctar the other night.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 7:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

(10/10, would do again, of course.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 7:41pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

hello and shalom!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 7:45pm Rob W:

Shalom and Salaam Alaikum Granny Spicy Tuna! And
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 7:54pm katie:

That was amazing!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:03pm northguineahills:

Salametha Omm Hussan was amazing!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:10pm northguineahills:

David Dichelle's Continental Subway is a treasure like Transpacific Paradise. I urge everyone to tune in or find the archives....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 8:11pm Rob W:

I second that orthguineahills, everyone check out David Dichelle's Continental Subway on WFMU's Drummer stream!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:11pm northguineahills:

@GST: Shouldn't that be Aloha i Shalom (the only words in different languages that literally mean the same thing).
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:13pm northguineahills:

Bonus: If you email David Dichelle, he'll send you a ton of Radio Blau swag (swell lad!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 8:22pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Rob and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 8:23pm coelacanth∅:

enjoying everything! (listening since maybe an hour ago)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 8:28pm chresti:

So great, thanks Rob!
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:29pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Trannies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 8:30pm Rob W:

Hello Carmichael and everyone else who's stuck with us on this sticky Saturday!
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:31pm Carmichael:

It’s beautiful out here on the coast.
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:34pm elgaree:

H Rob and northguineahills- Superb program. Great live set with A-WA. Not sure how that's setup in-studio but sounded fine. What is that link to Cont Subway? Note to self=Send 'MNF money. Love those amazing the shows in the city there in the summer. And how much more amazing is 'FMU.
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:36pm Carmichael:

David’s on the Drummer stream Wednesdays, 12-4 PST.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 8:45pm coelacanth∅:

heh...bye, laws.
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:46pm Carmichael:

Sorry, Tuesdays!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:47pm northguineahills:

@Carmichael: I thought you were in the foothills of the Sierra....
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:48pm elgaree:

Agreed: bye laws!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:48pm northguineahills:

What Carmichael said....
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:49pm northguineahills:

(3-7 EDT)
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:50pm elgaree:

Is it archived? Pretty busy but... ya know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 8:50pm Ken From Hyde Park: - home of Continental Subway
Thanks for the worldwide entertainment tonight, Rob.
  Sat. 6/29/19 8:50pm Carmichael:

Very close, ngh. In the Sacramento valley, about 40 miles away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 8:52pm Smilty69:

Fun show, Rob! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:52pm northguineahills:

Avatar Sat. 6/29/19 8:54pm northguineahills:

@Carmichael: outside of the airports of SF, Oakland, and Seattle, I've never been on land north of LA....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/29/19 9:00pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob!
  Sat. 6/29/19 9:00pm elgaree:

Thanks Carmichael, northguineahills, Ken and everyone. Tuff show Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/29/19 9:10pm chresti:

Oops-Thanks Rob!
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