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Options January 9, 2021:

Celebrating globalFEST and Golden Fest feat. Mames Babegenush's '20 Golden Fest set

Our two favorite winter musical events can't happen in person this year, though both will have online festivals: The world music showcase extravaganza globalFEST (online 8 pm nightly this coming Mon-Thurs Jan 11-14 in a collaboration with NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts) and the Balkan / East European inspired bacchanal Golden Fest (online this coming Fri-Sat Jan 15-16, 6 pm to 1 am nightly). (Check out BRIC TV's video doc of Golden Fest 2020 above!)

On tonight's show we celebrate both, with one track by each of this year's globalFEST online showcasers and a special broadcast of a set by the band that came all the way from Denmark to play Golden Fest last year, klezmer-plus band Mames Babegenush.

Watch globalFEST this Mon-Thurs at 8 pm at https://www.globalfest.org/ or https://www.youtube.com/user/nprmusic/.

Watch the Golden Fest this Fri-Sat 6 pm to 1 am at https://www.goldenfest.org/.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
O-Hum  Darde Eshgh   Options Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Iran  World Music Network      0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Giuliano Sorgini  Echoes From Canyon   Options Under Pompelmo  Dischi Montecarlo  Segue concept between this and next song c/o Explorer's Room, heard Thursdays 7 - 10 pm (Garden State Time) on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio    0:04:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Los Pirañas  Palermo's Grunch   Options Historia Natural  Glitterbeat      0:06:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Transsylvanians  Akasztós (Hanging)   Options Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Hungary  World Music Network      0:12:05 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Morwan  Chernoe Solntse   Options Zola-Zemlya    Heard this one (from Ukraine) just this week on Continental Subway with Dave Dichelle, Thursdays Noon - 3 pm (Garden State Time) On WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio    0:18:18 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Assadja the Hero   Options Optimisme  Fat Possum      0:21:07 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
globalFEST 2021 Artists

Vox Sambou  MaliAyiti   Options The Brazil Session  Ndjam Production      0:29:44 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Hit La Rosa  Ánimas   Options Single        0:34:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Minyo Crusaders  Toichin Bushi   Options Echoes of Japan  Mais Um Discos      0:38:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Aditya Prakash Ensemble  Irish Song   Options Diaspora Kid  Ropeadope Records      0:44:03 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Sofia Rei  Negro Sobre Blanco   Options Single        0:48:04 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Dedicated Men of Zion  Father, Guide Me   Options Can't Turn Me Around  Big Legal Mess Records      0:57:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Nora Brown  Hills of Mexico   Options Cinnamon Tree  Third Man  Nora Brown was 14 years old at the time of this recording    1:01:48 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Martha Redbone Roots Project  A Dram   Options The Garden of Love (Songs of William Blake)  Blackfeet Productions      1:05:53 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Emel (Emel Mathlouthi)  Aerials   Options The Tunis Diaries  Partisan Records    *   1:08:30 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Rokia Traoré  Dianguina   Options Mouneïssa  Indigo      1:10:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Elisapie  Arnaq   Options The Ballad of the Runaway Girl        1:21:01 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
DakhaBrakha  Lado   Options Alambari      *   1:24:21 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Rachele Andrioli  Janni dell'uorto   Options Maletiempu  Dodicilune  with Rocco Nigro    1:28:32 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Labess  Cabo Verde   Options La Route  Tartine Production      1:31:24 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Edwin Perez  El Muro (The Wall)   Options Street Corner Chronicles        1:35:25 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Natu Camara  Arabama Di   Options Dimedi  Natuwenta Productions      1:41:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Hairetis Harper  Tsakoniko   Options Draft    Lute player and vocalist Yiagos Hairetis (Crete) and experimental harpist Maria-Christina Harper (London) collaborate  *   1:53:18 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Mames Babegenush  Live @ Golden Fest 2020   Options Unreleased    Big thanks to engineers Irene Trudel, James Kogan and Jason Sigal    2:04:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Raif Hyseni  Albanian in Japan   Options 24        2:44:32 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Clarinet Factory  Gore   Options Meadows        2:56:18 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

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Here's a link to WFMU's Public Service page with links and info for / related to racial justice issues, coronavirus testing, food and economic assistance, musician aid, voting rights organizations and lots more: https://wfmu.org/psa/.

Also: BRIC has an extensive and regularly updated pandemic crisis resource list on its website with artists, performers etc. in mind but relevant for everyone. See it here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/blog/resources-artists-during-public-health-crisis.

For a list, with links, of organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees. click here.

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Check out the Transpacific Sound Paradise World Covers YouTube Playlist (many new songs added this week!) at http://tiny.cc/youtube-worldcovers.

Here's a video from our World Covers YouTube playlist:

I have a few other world musicky YouTube playlists under construction including an intriguing "World Music 70s" playlist - you can see them all and subscribe at: http://tiny.cc/wfmu-tsp-youtube.

Also check out our all-time African popular music faves Spotify playlist at: http://tiny.cc/wfmu-tsp-african-faves

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm chresti:

Hi Rob and sound paradise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm chresti:

Hi paradise party!
Avatar 6:04pm TDK60:

Hi DJ Rob W. Hi west coast operative, chresti. My house is a mess but you can't see it, so.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm mariano:

Hey Rob W, Ruth, folks! Sounds like O-Hum is ready to break their rusty cage and run ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm chresti:

I bet our house is more of a mess than your house, TDK60 \\ //
Avatar 6:09pm TDK60:

Yes, I can see that, chresti. \\ //.
  6:09pm a polished polish lady:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm common:

rob, all
Avatar 6:12pm TDK60:

It *is* the Fun 91, after all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Worldwide people!
  6:18pm Linda Lee:

wow. that Transylvanians track was really marvelous!!! thanks Rob!
  6:18pm Linda Lee:

hi & happy Saturday, everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm radioronan:

Good evening Rob & global & local citizens of the comment board. Global & golden tonight. And all week!
  6:20pm annette:

rusty messy house. does it get any better than this ??,??????
Avatar 6:22pm TDK60:

Hello Linda! | Yeah Rob, Explorers Room and Continental Subway are two great shows; both feature "world" often.
  6:22pm NikiA:

wow this track is so gorgeous, like water. thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Bas NL:

I already thought this track sounded familiar. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, international observers! If you get a busy signal, just hang on the line. Someone will pick up soon. Might be a couple of weeks, though.
Avatar 6:29pm TDK60:

Hi Bas, stayin' up late to be present!
  6:33pm Linda Lee:

hey TDK60! good to see you! :-)
Avatar 6:37pm Scott67:

G'day Rob & Paradisians. With
Love from across the Pacific.😎
  6:37pm slugluv1313:

hiya Rob, Skeletons, Transpacific Transylvanians :)
ah, The Hanging -- TYPICAL Hungarian, we are *happiest* when weaving our own nooses, hah!

thanks so much! not home right now, but definitely going to look that one up when i am able -- in the meantime listening & enjoying :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm Megaroni:

Great to tune in with you tonite TPSP! Happy New Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks and happy new year Megaroni and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Bas NL:

Hi TDK60! Yes, it's happy early Sunday listening to me!
Avatar 6:52pm K8:

Hello Rob and everybody! Hope your Saturdays have treated you well. Let's ignore our messy houses and enjoy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm chresti:

Hi K8, mess? I forgot already!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm mariano:

K8, good to see you! And thanks so much for the gift! Don't bankrupt Handy at poker ;)
Avatar 7:00pm K8:

Hey Chresti and Mariano! I'm not playing with Handy and crew today...just too much stuff to do, I guess. Soon...soon I will take their money, but not today. I didn't clean the house, even though that is on the list...But you know, it's Saturday. Let's do what we want! You know, within reason.
  7:01pm Davefrom Brooklyn:

Good evening Dr. Robert, happiest of new years to you. Thanks for keeping the world on a loving rotation with yours. Have you ever heard, or been to the One Breath Festival in Estonia?
Avatar 7:01pm TDK60:

I just shuffled some stuff around to feel responsible; also danced.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Always be careful not to violate the terms and conditions of messiness. Doing so can lead to further messes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm mariano:

K8: What's that? I should give in and go to the store and get myself a hunk of king cake? Well... OK, if you say so.
  7:03pm Davefrom Brooklyn:

Hi luver de slug,tdk 60.
Avatar 7:04pm TDK60:

Hola Dave, K8, Mariano.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm chresti:

I'll scramble around later, time to stomp my feet.
Avatar 7:05pm K8:

Most certainly go get yourself a cake! Shuffle things, dance, stomp, scramble! Loving this set, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm chaos_in_la_la:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm listener monica:

hey slug! xxx i knew we'd meet here...
  7:13pm Davefrom Brooklyn:

This Rokia,though the words aren't familiar, the music has my neurons firing!
  7:15pm Frank Zaatar:

Hi Rob and listeners. I just wanted to mention that Bassam Saba, ney player and multi-instrumentalist, just passed away of Covid-related illness in Beirut. I just heard the news and thought of this show. He worked with Simon Shaheen and many other luminaries. I was able to take oud lessons from him in New York a number of years ago and remember him as a patient teacher (you had to be with me!) and generous and sensitive musician. May his memory be a blessing.

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Aw, sorry to hear about that, Frank.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm chresti:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rokia Traore
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Rob W:

Oh so sorry to hear about Bassam Saba but thank you so much for sharing that Frank.
  7:24pm Davefrom Brooklyn:

Mariano, a hunk of cake is as good as a hunk of burning love!
Avatar 7:26pm K8:

I love the Rokia into Elisapie! And Frank, thanks for letting us know about Bassam Saba...I'm so sorry.
  7:27pm Davefrom Brooklyn:

Chresti, is the music of Rokia used in other songs that you know f?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28pm mariano:

Hey there, TDK, chresti!

Davefrom Brooklyn: Great minds think alike ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm mariano:

Frank Zaatar: I'm very sorry to hear about Bassam's passing. My condolences.
  7:34pm Davefrom Brooklyn:

Frank Z,sorry to hear your news. But, it sounds like you were blessed with a loving teacher.
  7:35pm Linda Lee:

still here, slugluv? happy new year! hope all's well!
  7:36pm Linda Lee:

this music is just totally wonderful. we live! :-)
  7:38pm Frank Zaatar:

I should mention that I am very much an amateur, but the lessons I was able to take with him left a deep impact on me. Given the wide range of his career, I suspect he has been heard on a great many tracks played on this show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm chresti:

Dave possibly, don't know.

Hi mariano!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Rob W:

Thank you Frank. We talked about him a lot when April Centrone was a guest on my show in 2018 in fact, since she studied and played with him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm chresti:

I agree @Dave, about firing neurons.
  7:47pm Frank Zaatar:

Thanks for the information, Rob. I wil lhave to check out that show on the archives.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm mariano:

Seems Ariel Pink's label has dropped him. Maybe he can recoup by going on tour with Kid Rock and the Nuge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm G:

I fired some of my neurons. My axia, I'm promoting.
  7:59pm Lolo in Brooklyn:

Rob W, thank you for the good music!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm mariano:

King cake porn! gonola.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm chresti:

The axial view of the brain reminds me of a walnut.
Avatar 8:06pm K8:

Mariano, this king cake list is crazy...I've never had a king cake, but now I'm very clear I need to have one!
  8:06pm Marcos:

Cheers from the Pacific Rim
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm chresti:

Almond cream? I want that king cake.
  8:13pm Barba Yiorgi:

Enjoying the Golden Festival vibes etc. Happy New Year Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Bas NL:

Wow! What energy in this band! Love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Rob W:

Thanks Bas and Barba Yiorgi, happy new year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm radioronan:

So not right, Mariano. I gained 20 lbs just looking at that list. Good thing this Mames Babegenush set allows for some good kitchen dancing.
Avatar 8:18pm K8:

Hi Barba Yiorgi! It's K8 from Creek and Kills! Handy and I were just talking about how much we miss seeing you play at Troost...
  8:28pm Barba Yiorgi:

hi K8! hi Handy! hope to see you guys F2F one of these centuries! Rob, these babaganooshians are pretty amazing. did u say they were from Copenhagen?
Avatar 8:29pm DjLorraine:

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm mariano:

K8: When you and Handy make it down to New Orleans, we'll try every one of them on the list :) Here's the one I just got, brioche with pecan praline stuffing: photos.app.goo.gl...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm chresti:

Happy new year DjLorraine!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm хtina:

nice to get a tiny bit of goldenfest this year, and this band is great. miss those amazing choral performances tho!
Avatar 8:35pm K8:

Barba, we'll all be back together soon! We just gotta hang on, keep on...and Mariano, these king cakes...I've never even been to NO! I am so excited! I know I gotta wait some, but still...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Rob W:

Yes хtina the choral performances are a whole other wonderful side of Golden Fest!
  8:44pm Lolo in Brooklyn:

@mariano My boyfriend makes a good King Cake!! 👶
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:46pm Handy Haversack:

Hi, Rob and everyone! This has been golden! Sorry not to say hi till now. Had to claw my way back in poker.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm mariano:

Just wolfed that thing down, *urp!* and now my pancreas wants a word with me. I regret nothing.

Heya Handy, glad you clawed your way back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm mariano:

Lolo: Wow, talk about a selling poing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Handy Haversack:

You want me to have a little talk with your pancreas, Mariano? I can be very persuasive.
  8:53pm Barba Yiorgi:

this Raif record is great. Rob have u heard /played Los Pyramidos? Japanese garage-rock style Epirot/northern Greek folk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm mariano:

"Albanian in Japan" - is that like "Englishman in New York"?

Handy: As they say in Sicily, I have a pebble in my shoe...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, Barba Yiorgi! One day soon!
Avatar 8:55pm TDK60:

G'night and thanks, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm mariano:

Thank you Rob W for another whirlwind tour of the musical globe! Thanks to Ruth and/or Darren for board-opping, let's all go bum rush our way into Marty's!
Avatar 8:56pm K8:

Thanks so much, Rob! Great show this evening! Be well, everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. Gold medals for all the artists!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Another great show! And thanks Darren!
  8:57pm Dave Miss:

Great show Rob! Thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm radioronan:

Thanks for the mini fests, Rob..Thanks skeleton crew..keep the joy from this show in your backpocket -never know when you will need it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Handy Haversack:

Damn, that's a long day, Darren. Thanks for all!

Thanks, Rob. Sounded golden and great!

Be well, border spanners.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
  9:05pm Saltonstall:

Takes more drugs than what? Watch your step, McLusty
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