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Options May 8, 2021:

Elizabeth Rodriguez of OKAN: Compelling Afro-Cuban Sounds From Canada

OKAN blends Afro-Cuban roots with jazz and much more. They're led by two gifted Cuban emigre musicians, both veterans of Canadian woodwind player Jane Bunnett's award-winning all-female Latin Jazz band Maqueque.

Violinist / vocalist / co-leader Elizabeth Rodriguez joins us to introduce OKAN's latest album Espiral, and preview their streaming show, presented by Flushing Town Hall on Friday May 14 at 7 pm (New York time).

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We're giving away tickets to watch OKAN's Flushing Town Hall live stream on Friday night! To get in the running for tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (Five tickets available.) Deadline to enter is 11:59 pm tonight (Saturday). Winners will be notified by Monday.

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OKAN links:





OKAN's label Lulaworld, an offshoot of Toronto's great multi-culti club Lula Lounge: https://www.lulaworld.ca/

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
Sigrid Moldestad  Ikkje vere ein, men to   Options Tonen i meg  Grappa Musikkforla    Norway, ex-Spindel and Gamalnymalt  *   0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Kan Mikami  A Kerosene Stove For Two   Options I'm the Only One Around  Black Editions    New reissue of 1990 album  *   0:04:35 (Pop‑up)
Soul Flower Union  Ten no ikenie   Options Kamui Ipirima  Ki/oon  1993  Sacrifice of Heaven (?)    0:06:51 (Pop‑up)
Ankaralı Çakır Mesut  Şeker Oğlan   Options Unkapanı Starı    2007      0:13:43 (Pop‑up)
Rüstəm Quliyev  Ay Dili Dili   Options Azerbaijani Gitara  Les Disques Bongo Joe      *   0:18:21 (Pop‑up)
Aris San  Dam Dam   Options Dam Dam  CBS  1972      0:22:20 (Pop‑up)
Ozan Ata Canani  Maraşlım   Options Warte mein Land, warte  Fun In The Church    Official release date May 28  *   0:27:31 (Pop‑up)
Xurxo Fernandes  Punteada da Tía María   Options Levaino!  Self-released    From Galicia  *   0:33:50 (Pop‑up)
Sara Vidal  Baile da meia volta   Options Matriz  Sons Vadios    From Galicia    0:37:01 (Pop‑up)
Yusuke Yukuta  Awasete 2 Nishika Natteinai 合わせて2にしかなっていない   Options Single  Nature Bliss      *   0:39:26 (Pop‑up)
Grupo Yumpa  La riqueza del Rio Mocoron (The richness of the river Mocoron)   Options Various Artists: Music From Honduras 1  Caprice        0:43:52 (Pop‑up)
Aberlardo Carbonó  Silvia Maria   Options Guana Tangula  VampiSoul  2020  Reissue of 1980 album    0:46:52 (Pop‑up)
El Grupo D'Abelard  Otro Perro Con Ese Hueso   Options Various Artists; La Locura De Machuca 1975 - 1980  Analog Africa    Rafael Machuca productions comp  *   0:50:40 (Pop‑up)
Camille Mokoko  Nabuyasaki Yo Kokota Te Na Ndako Na Ngai   Options Various Artists (Congo) - Ngoma, The Early Years 1948-1960  Popular African Music        0:54:04 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Espiral   Options Espiral  Lulaworld  2019      1:05:53 (Pop‑up)
Elizabeth Rodriguez of OKAN  Interview   Options           1:11:47 (Pop‑up)
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque  Eulogy   Options Oddara  Linus  2016      1:16:55 (Pop‑up)
Elizabeth Rodriguez of OKAN  Interview   Options           1:21:33 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Mercedes   Options Espiral  Lulaworld  2020      1:30:49 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Boundaries   Options Espiral  Lulaworld  2020      1:38:58 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Laberinto   Options Sombras  Lulaworld  2019      1:47:10 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Luz   Options Laberinto  Lulaworld  2019      1:52:22 (Pop‑up)
Bomba Estéreo  Agua   Options Deja  Sony    Featuring OKAN and Lido Pimienta  *   1:59:27 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Cumba Cumba   Options Espiral  Lulaworld  2020      2:06:21 (Pop‑up)
OKAN  Baila Canada   Options Espiral  Lulaworld  2020      2:07:22 (Pop‑up)
Lido Pimienta  Te Queria   Options Miss Colombia  Anti- ‎      *   2:11:53 (Pop‑up)
Dayme Arocena  Homenaje   Options Sonocardiogram  Brownswood Recordings  2019      2:15:56 (Pop‑up)
Battle of Santiago  King of Fire   Options Queen & Judgement  Made With Pencil Crayons  2020      2:19:22 (Pop‑up)
Hilario Duran  Papiosco's Match   Options Contumbao  Alma Records  2017      2:22:47 (Pop‑up)
Yissy Garcia & Bandacha  Aramburu 315   Options Single    2020      2:26:55 (Pop‑up)
Boogát  Viajar Contigo (ft. Lemon Bucket Orkestra)   Options San Cristobal Baile Inn  Maisonette Records  2017      2:30:16 (Pop‑up)
G Combo  Balcumbia   Options Gran Reserva  G combo  2019  Balkan Beat Box has a song of the same name - I have to double check whether this is indeed a cover of it    2:33:05 (Pop‑up)
Los Golden Boys  La Chichera   Options 16 Grandes Éxitos  Discos Fuentes        2:36:59 (Pop‑up)
Los Shapis  Arco Iris Musical   Options Various Artists: El Apagón: Peruvian Chicha From the Horóscopo Vaults, 1978 - 1988  Pharaway Sounds ‎  2017      2:39:51 (Pop‑up)
Manzaneando y su Conjunto  Serrano Con Orgullo   Options Manzaneando Con Manzanita  Virrey  1974  From Peru - Huayno chicha    2:42:35 (Pop‑up)
Los Bárbaros Del Centro  Loca Loquita   Options Various Artists: Andina - Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia – The Sounds of the Peruvian Andes 1968-1978  Tiger's Milk / Strut  2017      2:45:06 (Pop‑up)
Buscabella  NTE   Options Regresa  Ribbon Music      *   2:54:08 (Pop‑up)
Batida Apresenta Ikoqwe  Outra Cidade   Options The Beginning, The Medium, The End And The Infinite  Crammed Discs      *   2:56:44 (Pop‑up)

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Check out the Transpacific Sound Paradise World Covers YouTube Playlist 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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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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, Rob and Spanners!
Avatar 6:05pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hello world!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas, Handy and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Megaroni:

Greetings TPSP! Thanks for making Saturday evening great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm radioronan:

Hello Rob, global & local citizens of the comment board!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Scott67:

G'day Rob & Pacific People!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Handy Haversack:

Bas, Megaroni, radioronan (very close!), Scott (very far!)! Hey, pals.
  6:14pm pL:

Great Japan stuff
Avatar 6:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Great out thuh gate !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm chresti:

Hi Rob and global TSPers! (not the cleaner)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm chresti:

Fully vaxxed yet still reluctant to venture out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Handy Haversack:

It sure does feel weird, chresti. I went to a picnic with my colleagues yesterday, all of us fully vaxxed, in Central Park, and I was *exhausted* afterward. So unused to it now. But we have gone out for beers and over friends' apt. Slowly. Very excited for first show once the venues open back up!
Avatar 6:27pm StRts:

hahahh Greek on wfmu ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Scott67:

Congrats chresti!🌻 But I hear you about going out. I'm yet to get a jab, but we are free of Covid in Victoria. Yet I still wear a mask when shopping, usually the only one in the store wearing one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Mr. Pumpy:

Hello, Rob and radio friends! I made it out for a meal today with my best buddy for the first time in, well, you know. It was in a place with ten tables and still only seating half of them. Good times. It was a bit strange, but excellent fun. I hope you are all getting your jabs and returning to some normalcy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm chresti:

Handy, over and over, in my mind I'm imagining visiting friends up by Ojai, hoping to get myself hyped up enough to take the social in person plunge!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Rick from SC:

I’m digging this beat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm Handy Haversack:

What'd you have, Mr. P?!

We were shocked to have done it but also really relieved and happy after having had a dinner at our friends' place, chresti -- and not just because the roti place in their neighborhood is so good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm chresti:

Hi Scott, I still wear a mask since it's still possible to spread the virus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Scott67:

As an introvert I have been training for this my whole life. So weirdly during the height of lock down. I suddenly didn't feel alone in my isolation.😊🌼
Avatar 6:33pm StringOFperils:

You are not alone, alone.
Avatar 6:34pm StringOFperils:

And hello sonic travellers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:35pm chresti:

Happy to hear Mr. Pumpy and Handy, I'm watching your (and others) accounts of re-connecting closely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm Rob W:

Scott67, I can totally relate to that. And... hello everyone!
Avatar 6:36pm TDK60:

Hi Rob and humanth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Scott67:

G'day Handy, Bas, SOp, RevoR, RadioR & Mr.P.✌😎
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Scott67:

G'day TDK.👍😎
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm chresti:

TDK60, I know is quite brave, going to rallies and all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm Mr. Pumpy:

Handy, I had some raw oysters followed by grilled salmon with roasted potatoes and vegetables. I found it quite delectable!
Avatar 6:41pm mielisairas_juoppo:

Hi everyone. This tune makes me happy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Scott67:

Rob, yes! Strange to be in a position of solidarity in solitude, rather than a fringe dweller. I even found myself as a phone counselor for my extrovert friends not coping.
Avatar 6:41pm Bas NL:

Hi Scott!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Rob W:

That's great Scott67!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Scott67:

Mr.P, TMI. Yuuuummmmm!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Greetings, Rob and Earth dwellers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Handy Haversack:

Kate now has one in-person teaching gig, once a week, and it's a massive relief to her. Ever since we came back inside, through ToPT's show and TPSP, she's been sitting there cursing and wrestling with yet another "education" "platform" for the distance learning. It's not good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Scott67:

G'day Ken.✌😎🌞
Avatar 6:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

RobW proving once again that devotion to the twin gawds of diversity & excellence makes a sublime alchemy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm Handy Haversack:

I *did* change out of my Eat Flaming Death, Fascist Media Pigs! T-shirt in order to go to that picnic with my coworkers. And then changed back into it for the travails of the day. And now just put it away after doing the last of the six loads of laundry the day required.

And that's pretty much my recent T-shirt and sociality history.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm Glorious Estephonic:

<3 <3 <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm chresti:

Where does one get one of those T-shirts, Handy?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Handy Haversack:

Right here, chresti!


And it's ANOTHER 20 percent off, I think, like all else in the WFMU store!
Avatar 6:57pm StringOFperils:

You smooth operators.
Avatar 6:58pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Scott67: As extensively weird & traumatic & protracted as the whole pandemic has been ...I am - both mortified & angry by everyone's rush to return to 'Normal' ...& somewhat frightened by it, if I'm honest...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm chresti:

Oh dear, hope they make more sizes, maybe I'll order one for the kids that live in the back house.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Scott67:

Handy my eat 🔥💀👕is fresh washed & ready for another happy wearing mate!👍😎
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm chresti:

Waiting for tacos! They're here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm adampsyche:

this is great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Scott67:

Enjoy chresti!👍😎🌮
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Scott67:

RevoR, yes, I'm waiting for the crowds of unmasked & un-distanced, to spawn another wave here.
  7:35pm Andres:

Hi, Rob! Evening, citizens! I have seen Jane Bunnet many times. What a force she is! Thanks for the intro to Maqueque and OKAN, and for sharing the diversity of Canadian based musicians on your show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Rob W:

Sure thing Andres!
Avatar 7:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Scott67: Yes the safety issues - but I mean also an Introvert - & as a Leftist politically. Sort of thing. Back to so-called 'Normal' is far, far from ideal to me... A big topic - not necessarily for here..
Avatar 7:45pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Love her voice - even just speaking. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Scott67:

Right on RevoR!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Scott67:

G'day Andres.👍😎
  7:52pm M&K:

What she says....so sweet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Be Now Homeboy:

Good Evening.
Sounding so lovely!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm Rob W:

Thanks BNH, M&K and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm chresti:

Out of this world!
Avatar 8:25pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob, Paradisians! (Skeletons? are you broadcasting from home, or at FMU studios?)
loving the show tonight -- fascinating and lovely music!
(been listening since i got home, just have not had the chance to sign in until now)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Rob W:

Good evening slugluv! I'm in Studio A at FMU!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Rob W:

Ruth board-opped for Todd today, he did his show from Hoboken, but Marty and I are here in the flesh tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Handy Haversack:

Sounding great from Studio A, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm Rob W:

Thanks Handy - definitely nice to be back in the friendly confines of WFMU...
Avatar 8:38pm slugluv1313:

@ Rob -- YAY! so cool to hear you are back at FMU (Marty too!)
  8:42pm Andres:

How is it that any song about chicha or chicha related is usually great?!
Avatar 8:42pm slugluv1313:

and YES, agreed! cautiously *happy* that things are sorta getting back to some sort of "normal" -- but i also have this sick feeling about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend :(
(FINALLY got first vax shot earlier this month, go back for the second jab on 5/28)
Avatar 8:43pm slugluv1313:

@Andres - because Chica IS great! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm Handy Haversack:

Convaxxulations, slugluv!
Avatar 8:44pm slugluv1313:

hi Handy, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Rob W:

Yes that's great slugluv!
Avatar 8:45pm TDK60:

Great sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Scott67:

Nice one slugluv!👍😎💉
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks, Rob! Great show!

Later on, all -- hopefully at the Marty Party!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Scott67:

Thanks Rob, lovely stuff! Stay safe & well all!✌😎🤙🌏☀️
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm listener 126464:

Thanks Rob!
  8:57pm Andres:

Thank you, Rob!!
Avatar 8:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Ace home base show!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm john_zilla:

what was that Giorgio Moroder show coming up?
Avatar 8:58pm TDK60:

Thanks Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Mr. Pumpy:

Thank you, Rob. Great show tonight. Hopefully you got some Canadians to dance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm radioronan:

Fantastic show.. Thanks Rob! Be well y'all!
Avatar 9:00pm slugluv1313:

wonderful show, Rob -- thanks so much!
have a great week, everyone!
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