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Saturday, October 4, 2008 Options
Mamak Khadem

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Iranian-born singer Mamak Khadem been a force on LA's massive Persian music scene for many years. Formerly with the crossover band Axiom of Choice, Mamak Khadem's new solo CD Jostojoo shows her rootsier side. The CD is grounded in Persian classical tradition and especially Farsi language poetry, both ancient and modern. But there are also significant melodic and rhythmic strains from other countries in the region. And from the rest of the world too: Mamak's collaborators include Persian classical musicians but also jazz / improvisers like Eyvind Kang and Skuli Sverrison. (She also sometimes steps out of the art-music world entirely to do soundtrack work, including contributions to TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Gallactica.)

In the first hour-plus of tonight's show Mamak Khadem is joined by husband / santur (dulcimer) player Hamid Saeidi for a couple of live songs. And we’ll hear and talk about the new cd as well as other things, from the challenges of the emigre life to her soundtrack work to a new work-in-progress seeking to give lost female poets of long-ago Persia the recognition they weren't allowed in their lifetimes.

Extra special thanks to our illustrious engineer and birthday boy (see comments below) Gil Shuster.

WANTED: Obama Songs in multi-culti styles for our pre-election show!

We are putting together as many world music and / or non-English Obama songs as possible for the last show before the election on Saturday, November 1 and for a special one hour program during WFMU's special election day webstream on election day, November 4.

If you have suggestions for songs to play or want to offer your own creation, original song or mash-up please email your host Rob Weisberg via this g-mail address: r.l.weisberg AT gmail DOT com.


This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Mamak Khadem: Gelayeh Options / Jostojoo / Banyan Tree Production / *

Mamak Khadem: Bisotoon Options
With Hamid Saeidi, santur. Live on WFMU.

Mamak Khadem: Avareh Options
With Hamid Saeidi, santur. Live on WFMU.

Mamak Khadem: Baz Amadam Options / Jostojoo / Banyan Tree Production / *

Mamak Khadem: Jostojoo Options / Jostojoo / Banyan Tree Production / *

Mamak Khadem: Heydar Options / Jostojoo / Banyan Tree Production / *
Vocal duet with Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Mamak Khadem: Bigharar Options / Jostojoo / Banyan Tree Production / *

Rabih Abou-Khalil: Como um Rio Options / Em Portuges / Enja / *
Vocals: Ricardo RIbeiro

Gulsat: Yok Yok Options / Dine Sen Dine Men / Gamma

Rajinder Raina: Khichari Options / Various Artists: Bollywood Dreams - Bhangra / Arc Music / *

Falu: Rabba Options / Falu / Monsoon

Aterciopelados: Dia Paranormal Options / Rio / Nacional / *

Angelique Kidjo: Mama Golo Papa Options / Djin Djin / Razor & Tie

Samba Mapangala: Obama Ubarikiwe Options / Virunga
This is a freely distributed mp3 recently recorded in Chicago by the great expat East African Congolese-style singer. And you can hear it on Mapangala's myspace ( although I'm having a hard time finding the download link.

Abdel Tee-Jay: Oda Options / Palm Wine A Go Go / Respect Records

Seprewa Kasa: Seprewa Kasa Options / Seprewa Kasa / Riverboat / *

Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko: Chinaquapin Hunting Options / Africa to Appalachia / Canada Council For The Arts / *

Frigg: Jalla Jalla Options / Economy Class / Northside / *

La Troba Kung-Fu: Rock Rumberu Options / Clavell Morenet / K-Industria

Juan Peña "El Lebrijano": Oh Guadalquivir Options / Yo Me Llamo Juan / Senador

Akim El Sikameya: Chouia L'Mon Coeur Options / Introducing Akim El Sikameya / World Music Network / *

Lila Downs: Los Pollos Options / Shake Away / Manhattan / *

Biliu de Campina: Se Liga, Malandro Options / Biliu de Campina

Bule Bule: A Fome e a Vontade de Comer / A Maquina de Lavar Roupa Options / Bule Bule

Los Mas Valientes: Vieques... Options / Gira Caribena

Wilfrido Vargas: El Extraterrestre Options / El Extraterrestre / T.H. Rodven

Listener comments!

  Sat. 10/4/08 6:26pm frenchee:

great set! And happy birthday to Gil Schuster, master engineer and LIBRA (10/6).
  Sat. 10/4/08 6:27pm frenchee:

oooops, Shuster, not Schuster
  Sat. 10/4/08 6:28pm Your DJ:

Thanks on Gil's behalf!
  Sat. 10/4/08 7:13pm monika:

amazing set. mamak, you have a gorgeous voice that convey s so much emotion. i'm so glad i caught this in the car :) it made my afternoon.
  Sat. 10/4/08 7:23pm julian:

huh? have i tuned into the eurovision song contest by mistake??!!
  Sat. 10/4/08 7:26pm Your DJ:

Some of my best friends sang in Eurovision...
  Sat. 10/4/08 7:28pm julian:

  Sat. 10/4/08 7:56pm Ike:

Good music.

If Donna is substituting next week, then maybe she will inject us with a big dose of fascinating African sounds.
  Sat. 10/4/08 8:02pm Your DJ:

Yes, I would expect that! I will meanwhile be injected with a big dose of bombastic activist brass band sounds at the HONK festival in Boston! (See: I'll report back in a couple of weeks...
  Sat. 10/4/08 8:11pm alan t.:

Hello from Scotland.Enjoying the music ,Seprewa Kasa was lovely.
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