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Saturday, July 20, 2019 Options
The Introspective Artistry of Brazil's Sessa / NYC's Brasil Summerfest

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Brazilian singer / guitarist Sessa got on the indie radar with a couple of rather raucous outfits, São Paulo Tropicalia revivalists Garotas Suecas and Yonatan Gat's band. He takes a more introspective yet still very expressive turn on his critically acclaimed debut album, the sensual, minimalist gem Grandeza (Boiled Records).

Sessa heads to Brooklyn to perform at National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St. in Williamsburg, as part of the fabulous annual festival Brasil Summerfest this Wednesday night. Up-and-coming singer Ilya from Fortaleza, Brazil opens.

Tickets / info for Sessa + Ilya @ National Sawdust Wednesday night (July 24th; 7 pm doors, 8 pm show): https://nationalsawdust.org/event/sessa/

Check out Sessa's album Grandeza: https://sessa.bandcamp.com/

Like Sessa on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sessamusic/

See what else is happening at National Sawdust: https://nationalsawdust.org

The wonderful annual festival Brasil Summerfest, with ticketed as well as several free events through August 3rd 2019 at venues all around NYC (quoting from the festival website) "showcases a fine selection of Brazilian artists. Ranging from traditional to contemporary styles, they are connected by their ability to stir that intense energy. The festival also presents film, food, art and talks, making it a true cultural display of contemporary Brazil. Brasil Summerfest’s mission is to keep pushing cultural boundaries, spreading Brazil’s contagious fever to the wide New York public and beyond!" Info, individual event tickets and festival passes at http://brasilsummerfest.com/.



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FOUR TICKET GIVEAWAYS TONIGHT!

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to any or all of these events: Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second and even third and fourth choice among the three concerts and one film screening available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight and winners will be notified by Monday (except for Vieux Farka Touré for which the deadline is Tuesday at midnight and winners will be notified by Wednesday).

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Enter to win tickets to see

Jupiter & Okwess -
futuristic electro-Congolese dance floor rave-ups + the Afrobeat-tinged sounds of Nikhil and Low Mentality at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, Wednesday, July 31st at 8 pm - two pairs of tickets available

and / or

Rocking desert blues from "The Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux Farka Touré, son of the late great Ali Farka Touré + DJ Henri spinning African dance floor gems as part of the City Farms Presents series at Industry City Courtyard 1-2 (Food Hall Entrance), 238 36th Street, Brooklyn, Thursday July 25th at 8 pm - approx. ten pairs of tickets available

and / or

Hailu Mergia - Ethiopiques-era accordion and keyboard legend + harp-driven jazz improv from Kaisa Overall's Blue Swamini and a DJ set by Sinkane as part of the City Farms Presents series at Industry City Courtyard 1-2 (Food Hall Entrance), 238 36th Street, Brooklyn, Saturday July 27th at 8 pm - one pair of tickets available

and / or

The film Tibet in Song by Ngawang Choephel - which "...introduces us to Tibetan folk music and reveals how Chinese policies have systematically tried to destroy it since the takeover of Tibet in 1949" presented by the World Music Institute at the Rubin Museum, 150 West 17th St in Manhattan, Wednesday, July 31 at 7 pm - one pair of tickets available

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to any or all of these events: Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second and even third and fourth choice among the three concerts and one film screening available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight and winners will be notified by Monday (except for Vieux Farka Touré for which the deadline is Tuesday at midnight and winners will be notified by Wednesday).

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Tal National: Belles Reines Options / Tantabara / Fat Cat (0:00:00 )
GIG: Wed night July 31 at the Sultan Room, 234 Starr St, Brooklyn

Imanda Diamanta: Tautiešami Roku Devu Options / Izauga mātei Brīnuma Meita / ImantaDimanta un draugi (0:05:40 )

Meszecsinka: Nem Hagyom | I Don't Let It Options / Állj bele a mélybe | Stand into the deep / CPL-Music / NarRator / * (0:10:09 )

Lata Donga: Sastdin Guoju Options / Variacijas / Lauska (0:16:22 )

Yolla Khalife: Ktibni Options / On the Road / Nagam Records / * (0:22:40 )

Jupiter & Okwess: Kwe Ngienda Options / Single / Glitterbeat Records / * (0:33:54 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: We're giving away two pairs of tickets to see Jupiter & Okwess Jupiter & Okwess + Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality@ Brooklyn Bowl Wed, July 31, 8 pm. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show OR our other giveaways tonight Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible additional choices among the two events available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday.

Selma Uamusse: Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter Options / Mati / Sony Music (0:38:07 )
GIG: Magic System + Smarty + Selma Uamusse @ Central Park Summerstage Sunday July 28, 4 pm

Magic System: Petit Pompier Options / Petit Pompier / Akwaba-JPS (0:41:01 )
GIG: Magic System + Smarty + Selma Uamusse @ Central Park Summerstage Sunday July 28, 4 pm

Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma: De Matongé à Palenque Options / De Palenque à Matongé / Zephyrus / * (0:46:18 )

Vieux Farka Touré: Nature Options / Samba / Six Degrees (0:55:53 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: We're giving away a number of tickets to see Vieux Farka Toure @ as part of the City Farms Presents series at Industry City Courtyard 1-2 (Food Hall Entrance), 238 36th Street, Brooklyn, Thursday July 25th at 8 pm. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show OR our other giveaways tonight Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible additional choices among the two events available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line.

Garotas Suecas: Bichu Options / Feras Míticas / VampiSoul (1:04:03 )

Sessa: Toda Instância do Prazer Options / Grandeza / Boiled Records / * (1:09:57 )

Sessa: Flor do Real (Live on WFMU) Options (1:18:45 )

Sessa: Dez Total (Live on WFMU) Options (1:27:00 )

Sessa: Grandeza (Live on WFMU) Options (1:32:32 )

Sessa: Infinitamente Nu Options / Grandeza / Boiled Records / * (1:38:45 )

Sessa: Tanto Options / Grandeza / Boiled Records (1:41:45 )

Tulipa Ruiz: Pedra Options / Tu / Tulipa Ruiz (1:47:55 )
GIGs: Tulipa Ruiz, Duda Beat, Filipe Catto @ Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday July 30 + Tulipa Ruiz (FREE) @ Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium Thurs Aug 1

Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo: Impetuosa Atração Options / Benji and Rita / Big Apple Batucada / * (1:50:05 )
GIG: Drom, 85 Ave A, Friday night July 26

Cordel Do Fogo Encantado: Primeira Paisagem (ou Flor Molhada) Options / Viagem ao Coração do Sol / Fogo Encantado Iniciativas Culturais (1:53:53 )
GIG: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, Sat Eve July 27 (6 pm - 10 pm): Alceu Valença / Cordel do Fogo Encantado / LaBaq / DJ Grace Kelly

Omulu and Potyguara Bardo : Ribuliço Options / Single / Independent / * (1:57:54 )
GIG: Elsewhere 599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, Sat Aug 3: Baile Funk Rooftop Brasil Summerfest Closing Party with Batekoo, Omulu, Marginal Men @ Elsewhere Rooftop

Casuarina: Eta Lelê Options / + 100 / Biscoito Fino (2:00:41 )
GIGs: Casuarina: Artes Brasileiras Series @ NY Botanical Garden Saturday, 27 July + Sunday July 28 - Party: Samba A Go-Go with Casuarina, Brazilian Beat Reunion, Eduardo Brechó, Grace Kelly @ House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn,

Alceu Valença: Sol e Chuva Options / Raridades Anos 70 / Discobertas (2:07:26 )
GIG: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, Sat Eve July 27 (6 pm - 10 pm): Alceu Valença / Cordel do Fogo Encantado / LaBaq / DJ Grace Kelly

Marginal Men & Ruxell : Suave Options / Single / Bruk // Broken Beats (2:10:28 )
GIG: Elsewhere 599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, Sat Aug 3: Baile Funk Rooftop Brasil Summerfest Closing Party with Batekoo, Omulu, Marginal Men @ Elsewhere Rooftop

Da Cruz: Minha Luanda Options / Eco do Futuro / Godbrain (2:13:53 )
GIG: Da Cruz, Tagua Tagua, Luciane Dom @ Nublu Tues night July 23 @ NuBlu, 151 Ave C, East Village

Tim Maia: O Caminho Do Bem Options / Nobody Can Live Forever / Luaka Bop (2:17:57 )
GIG: Night of Tim Maia’s Racional: Book Discussion & Party celebrating the music of Tim Maia with author Allen Thayer, Greg Caz, Eduardo Brechó, Wed night July 31 @ Nublu, 151 Ave C. This track was original on Tim Maia's LP Racional Vol. 2 (1975)

Hailu Mergia and Dahlak Band: Wede Harer Guzo Options / Wede Harer Guzo / Awesome Tapes From Africa (2:29:17 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Hailu Mergia + Kassa Overall's Blue Swamini @ as part of the City Farms Presents series at Industry City Courtyard 1-2 (Food Hall Entrance), 238 36th Street, Saturday, July 27th at 8 pm. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show OR our other giveaways tonight Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible additional choices among the two events available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line

Songhoy Blues : Dabari Options / Résistance / Fat Possum Records (2:35:50 )
GIG: "Pop-up" show @ Max Fish in the Lower East Side tomorrow night (Sun) @ 8-ish; also Thurs night Oct 24 @ Baby's All Right

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: By Way of Odessa Options / Magnetoception / Eremite (2:41:23 )

Samite: Ntinda Options / Resilience / Samite Artistic Productions (2:51:52 )

Lucibela: Profilaxia Options / Laço Umbilical / Lusafrica (2:54:26 )
GIG: World Music Institute presents Lucibela Tuesday September 17 2019 | 8 pm @ Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center



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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!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:01pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

howdy and hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:07pm chresti:

Hello and howdy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:09pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob & friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hello my Hearts in the Sun. Brazil should be able to guide us in this Tropical circumstance....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:15pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:26pm maestroso:

Good evening Rob! for once caught the beginning of the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 6:40pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

sing it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 7:01pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 7:07pm Rob W:

Hi Bas and everyone!
Avatar Sat. 7/20/19 7:36pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Rob and Sessa & others
  Sat. 7/20/19 7:39pm Marcelo, come here:

Is Sessa melting?
  Sat. 7/20/19 7:40pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Trannies. Did you happen to hear of Johnny Clegg’s passing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 7:41pm Bas NL:

Thanks Sessa! Beautiful songs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 7:42pm Rob W:

Thanks Carmichael, yes, I heard about Johnny Clegg's passing although I haven't actually mentioned it, thanks for posting about that - sad to say, he was only 66.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 7:43pm Rob W:

And thanks very much Bas! I can happily report that Sessa did not melt. He's accustomed to warm weather!
Avatar Sat. 7/20/19 7:46pm coelacanth∅:

sessa.bandcamp.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 7:48pm chresti:

Very nice!
  Sat. 7/20/19 7:51pm Carmichael:

I figured that, if anyone would do a tribute, it would be you.
  Sat. 7/20/19 7:59pm tak:

AI SE SESSE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 8:21pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Rob and huddled masses. Thanks for playing music from places that are even hotter than here!
Avatar Sat. 7/20/19 8:29pm coelacanth∅:

what was his record label, "shortsighted records"?!
  Sat. 7/20/19 8:34pm Ike:

Sounds good!

I’d like to go somewhere cooler than NYC right now. Like Kuala Lumpur.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 8:43pm chresti:

Iceland is cool, I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 8:45pm chresti:

Things go better with music!
  Sat. 7/20/19 8:51pm Ike:

@chresti, I make little joke. Very little. (Though I *would* like to check out KL *and* Iceland... but Iceland is expensive. What’s cool and cheap? Don’t say Russia. Been there, hated that.)

Sounds like a good show at Max Fish tomorrow! Does Max Fish have decent AC?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 7/20/19 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! And i'll be hearing you in a couple of weeks!
Avatar Sat. 7/20/19 9:11pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob! Thanks Sessa!
(def getting that album)
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