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Saturday, October 8, 2011 Options
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino from Salento in Puglia, southern Italy, specializes in playing the driving rhythms of the pizzica dance and other ancient rhythms on traditional instruments. The pizzica is the local variant of the legendary mystical spider-trance-dance, the tarantella.

Southern Italy has long had a lively traditional music scene teeming with compelling ensembles. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is the centerpiece of Salento's traditional music revival. Founded in 1975 at the urging of writer Rina Durante, it was the first traditional revival band in Salento. Durante was a major advocate for reviving, preserving and promoting the region's traditions, culture and language. She was the catalyst for a cultural revival, with the band at the center.

Yet in all its years (and with 16 albums to its name), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, like most of the Southern Italian roots bands, never made it to North America. Until now. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is having its own revival, with leadership handed down from father Daniele Durante to son Mauro, and a new wave of younger musicians playing and singing traditional tunes and originals rooted in tradition. And the band recently completed its first North American tour.

It's a very rare treat to have this superb group live in studio to play and sing - in the dialects of Salentino and the rarer Grecanico - and introduce us to the deep musical, cultural and linguistic roots of the region.

Thanks to Davey Jewell and Juan Aboites for assisting with the session!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Les Triaboliques: I Have Been Corrupted Options / Rivermudtwilight / World Village (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Psarantonis and Ensemble: Petres Peto Tou Fengariou Options / Son of Psioritis / World Network (0:09:34 Pop‑up)

Dikanda: Me Minise I Gapi Mou Options / Ajotoro / Jaro (0:12:33 Pop‑up)

Iron and Wine: Free Untill They Cut Me Down Options / Our Endless Numbered Days / Sub Pop (0:17:40 Pop‑up)

Sidi Toure: Djarii Ber Options / Sahel Folk / Thrill Jockey (0:21:44 Pop‑up)

Bobby Benson: Taxi Driver Options / Various Artists: Highlife Time Vol. 2: Nigerian & Ghanian Sounds From The Golden Years / Vampisoul (0:31:55 Pop‑up)

Aurelio Martinez: Yurumei Options / Laru Beya / Sub Pop (0:33:46 Pop‑up)

Nation Beat: Bicu de Lambu Options / Growing Stone / Barbes / * (0:38:16 Pop‑up)

Buckwheat Zydeco: Time Goes By Options / Lay Your Burden Down (0:41:52 Pop‑up)

Youngblood Brass Band: Sunroof Jooky Options / Better Recognize (0:48:55 Pop‑up)
When this was recorded in 1997, the band was known as One Lard Biskit Brass Band.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Live on WFMU: Domenica Matina Options (1:00:22 Pop‑up)

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Live on WFMU: Questa Matina + Indiavolata Options (1:12:39 Pop‑up)

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Live on WFMU: Nenia Grika Options (1:28:35 Pop‑up)

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Live on WFMU: Tira Cavallu + Focu d’Amore Options (1:35:03 Pop‑up)
Two original songs from the forthcoming cd - which will be the 17th album since the original formation of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino in 1975.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Live on WFMU: Beddhu Stanotte Options (1:48:21 Pop‑up)

Village Kollektiv: Topola Options / Subvillage Sound / Opensources (1:54:38 Pop‑up)

Masala: The Bygone World Options / Various Artists: Dub Out of Poland 3 / Opensources (1:58:38 Pop‑up)

Jah Wobble: Visions of You Options / Rising Above Bedlam / Oval (2:03:43 Pop‑up)
Vocals: Sinead O'Connor

Pernett: Son de Son Options / El Mago / Discosoye (2:08:37 Pop‑up)

Devang Patel: Bamboo No. 5 Options / Patel Scope / Times Music (2:15:21 Pop‑up)

Illaiyaraaja: Yennadi Meenakshi Options / Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and the Electronic Pop Sound of Kollywood 1977-1983 Vol. 1 / Finders Keepers / * (2:18:07 Pop‑up)

Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Taxi-Kal Raat Sadak Pe Ek Ladki Options / Various Artists: Chhailla Babu (Bollywood Soundtrack) / Saregama (2:23:34 Pop‑up)
Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal (Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar & Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma) / Lyrics by Anand Bakshi / Chhailla Babu means "Cool Guy"

Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys: Kokkyo No Machi (Border Town) Options / Various Artists: Guitar Moods 2 / INST / * (2:28:38 Pop‑up)

Orquesta Aragon: Guasabeando el Rock and Roll Options / En Route / World Village (2:41:06 Pop‑up)

Los Zafiros: Un Nombre de Mujer Options / Los Zafiros Story / Ahi-Nama (2:44:28 Pop‑up)

Creole Choir of Cuba: Dulce Embelezo Options / Tande-La / Real World / * (2:46:03 Pop‑up)

Creole Choir of Cuba: Chen Nan Ren Options / Tande-La / Real World / * (2:48:31 Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  6:10pm Mitten John:

Geez, from 2% to 62% between shows…somebody rob a liquor store?
  6:18pm Kookla, Fran and Ollie:

I did and gots me a bottle of Boon's Farm Blackberry Brandy!!
  6:19pm Guessing:

@MJ: "Someone" donated $1000 just toward this show's goal.
  6:23pm chrisg:

  6:35pm Your DJ:

Thanks Chris and, well, I have some extremely nice and generous friends and listeners, yes indeed...
  6:55pm listener carl:

happy music
  7:05pm Your DJ:

Happy is my middle name!
  7:33pm Richard from Venezuela:

Greetings Rob. Good 67%
  7:40pm Your DJ:

Greetings Richard and thanks! For those who don't know - this online fundraiser is kind of an experiment - the station doesn't want to add a second on-air fundraiser in the autumn months, but we don't make quite enough money during our only annual on-air fundraiser in late winter to pay all the bills. So we're trying something new, an all-out off-air campaign. We'll see how it goes... Thanks very much to those of you who have contributed already, and we hope many more of you will be able to do so. There are as usual, plenty of carrots - including a t-shirt designed just for this fundraiser (with a brass band - and I do love brass bands!). And - there's a cd of Sun Ra remixes that many DJs contributed to - including me. And you can request DJ mixtape cds and other premiums as well - you'll see the options if you make a pledge or follow the link on the FMU home page.
  7:49pm jelrod:

those tracks were bonkers!!!
  7:50pm jelrod:

tell those guys they are the toughest dance music of the 21st century
  7:52pm Your DJ:

Glad you liked it! I agree, it's very potent stuff - it's meant to cure the tarantula bite after all! Keep an eye on the Free Music Archive - the songs from this session by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino are going to be posted there soon. And of course consider checking out the band online at - where of course you can find their cds.
  7:52pm Joe C in Jersey City:

  7:53pm Your DJ:

  7:56pm Joe C in Jersey City:

Listening to this is very bittersweet knowing that I have missed the tour and didn't know about them when I was in Salento last year for my honeymoon!
  7:56pm Joe C in Jersey City:

Que bella la musica!!!
  7:57pm Joe C in Jersey City:

Che Bella!
  8:22pm mark from satans island:

q: what LP or CD was Visions of You and Rising Above Bedlam from?? (Jah Wobble)- i remember getting it at he library years ago.. but I forgot what it was called.
  8:24pm Your DJ:

Apologies for my quaint and somewhat ambiguous playlist format - but the cd title is "Rising Above Bedlam" by Jah Wobble and his Invaders of the Heart. There's also a 12" single with different mixes of "Visions of You".
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