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Is America Part of the World? Festival Preview + Michael Jackson vs. the World

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Nation Beat

Nation Beat, the rousing New York band inspired by the music of Northeast Brazil but also with New Orleans, Appalachia, rock, funk, even klezmer in the mix, recently found itself effectively censored at a "world music" festival: the band was told that it could only perform its Portuguese-language songs, not the English ones. This inspired Nation Beat to take control of the musical agenda and create a platform to question the informed wisdom about "world music" - by starting its own festival.

The all-day event, "Is America Part of the World?" takes place Saturday July 11, 2-9 pm at the Bklyn Yard, 388-400 near the Gowanus Canal in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Nation Beat will be joined on the bill by Red Baraat Festival, Forro in the Dark and DJ Nickodemus. On today's show Nation Beat's leader Scott Kettner stops by to do a little rabble-rousing - as well as spinning selections by festival artists and also some Northeast Brazilian and Cajun faves.

Plus a short preview of another Gowanus Canal-area event, Sunday night's (July 5) WFMU-partnered cumbia smackdown at The Bell House, 149 7th St. in Brooklyn, featuring LA's Very Be Careful, New York's Chicha Libre and yours truly Rob Weisberg spinning wall-to-wall cumbia starting at 8 pm. Details, samples, links at:

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Nation Beat: Sobe A Poeira Options / Legends of the Preacher / Modiba

Jackson Do Pandeiro: Cabeca Feita Options / Novo Millennium / Universal

Luis Gonzaga: Vem Morena Options / Succesos Com Zedantas / BMG

Dominguinhos: Isso Aqui Ta Bom Demais Options / Milleunium / Mercury

Gerard Jr and the Zydeco Combo: That Zydecombo Options / Standing on Solid Ground / G & W Records

Don Montoucet: Allons a Lafayette Options / Don Montoucet et ses Amis

Maciel Salu: Naquela Serra Options / Na Luz de Carbureto

Mestre Ambrosio: Pe De Calcada Options / Fua Na Casa de Cabral / Sony

Lost Bayou Ramblers: Pilette Breakdown Options / Pilette Breakdown / Swallow

Feufollet: Friends Courage Options / Cow Island Hop / Valcour

Nickodemus: Gira Do Sol Options / Sun People / Eighteenth Street / *
Featuring members of Nation Beat

Forro in the Dark: Forrowest Options / Bonfires of Sao Joao / NuBlu

Red Baraat Festival: Chaal Baby Options / Unreleased

Nation Beat: Nago Nago Options / Legends of the Preacher / Modiba

Lisandro Mesa: Cumbia de los Locos Options / Various Artists: Planet Squeezebox / Luaka Bop

Gael Garcia Bernal: Quiero Que Me Quieras Options / Rudo y Cursi Soundtrack / Nacional / *

Zonora Point: Huachita Rica (Douster Remix) Options / Various Artists: ZZK Sound Volume 2 / Nacional / *

Chicha Libre: Mi Plato de Barro Options / Sonido Amazonico / Barbes

Very Be Careful: El Camionero Options / Nacas / Downtown Pijao

Curumin: Caixa Preta Options / JapanPopShow / Quannum Projects

Los Amigos Invisibles: Mentiras Options / Commercial / Nacional / *

Usha Uthup: Chhupke Kaun Aya Options / 24 Karats
Thanks to DJ Jesse of WMBR's The Intercontinental (
for pointing me to this and several other MJ covers.

S. P. Balasubramaniam: Golimar Options / Donga (Telegu Film Soundtrack)
(Thriller) - see the video:

Senor Coconut: Beat It Options / Fiesta Songs / Emperor Norton

Los Mirlos: Thriller Options / Cumbia Thriller / Okeh

Derrick Laro and Trinity: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Options / Various Artists: Hustle! / Soul Jazz

Watcha Clan: Diaspora Dub + Eli (Remixes) Options / Diaspora Remixed / Piranha / *

Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga: Malako Options / African Classics / Sheer

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: Circle Circle Circle Options / Odo Sanbra

Listener comments!

  Sat. 7/4/09 6:30pm julian:

Just woke up & switched on - this is perfect for a sunny Sunday morning! Cheers!
  Sat. 7/4/09 6:45pm Vespucci:

Feliz Cumpleanos!
  Sat. 7/4/09 7:09pm listenr Carl:

party in my mind
  Sat. 7/4/09 8:55pm RAJ:

Great show Rob. Made my 4th.
  Sun. 7/5/09 5:50am Johannes:

Wow, this was a wonderful show. Loved Golimar!
  Thu. 7/9/09 3:47pm dirk zaffer rombouts:

next weekend -- SFINKS Festival !!!
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