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Transpacific Sound Paradise Options
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Options
Sophie Nzayisenga, Rwandan inanga virtuoso
w/ woodwind player / self-styled street parade artist Jeremy Danneman

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Sophie Nzayisenga is the only female professional player of the Rwandan traditional trough-zither, inanga. Woodwind player and apostle-of-street-performance Jeremy Danneman started playing with Sophie on the streets of Rwanda. Sophie later went on to tour with the acclaimed musical and ecological Nile Project. Now that the Nile Project tour is over, Sophie and Jeremy are teaming up (along with William Parker and Tim Keiper) on a crowded-funded cross-cultural exchange / album project.
You can get a taste of the work-in-progress with live shows at Silvana in Harlem on Friday May 15th and the Why Not Jazz Room in the West Village on Sunday May 17th. Sophie and Jeremy are also playing as a duo at various Farmers Markets in our area and they tell their tales and play for us on this week's show on WFMU.


We have two pairs of tickets available to see Red Baraat, the wonderful Indian-inspired brass band led by percussionist Sunny Jain at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. in lower Manhattan, Friday May 15 at 8 pm. Red Baraat is playing a Friday night residency at Subrosa this month to celebrate the release of its latest cd, Gaadi of Truth.

ALSO - we have one pair of tickets to see a very special collaboration - Garifuna Drummers and Breton singers and musicians - at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St, Thursday evening May 14th.

To enter the drawing for a pair of tickets, email me, Rob W, here and please put "TIX" in the subject line. Indicate which concert you're interested in - or if both, indicate first and second choice. The deadline to enter is Sunday, May 10 at midnight.

Anyone may enter but I will draw first among entrants who have not won tickets in the past 8 weeks (not counting our Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cherry Blossom Festival giveaway), and then I'll draw again from all entrants if tickets are still left.

Winners will be notified by noon (NYC time), Monday, May 11 2015.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

La Inédita: El Vacilon Primitivo Options / Chichamuffin (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Mexican Institute of Sound: Ritmo Internacional Options / Politico (0:04:41 Pop-up)
GIG: Tomorrow (Sun) Night May 10 @ BAM Opera House at 7:30 pm with other artists as part of Mexrrissey: Mexico Loves Morrissey

La Internacional Sonora Balkanera: Harlem Oriental Options / Balkanazo Tropical (0:06:22 Pop-up)

Tipsy Oxcart: The Storm Options / Upside Down / * (0:10:15 Pop-up)
GIG: They're one of five bands playing on the Transpacific Sound Paradise from Barbes, 376 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, next Saturday May 16, 6-9 pm!

Red Baraat: Bhangale Options / Gaadi of Truth (0:16:13 Pop-up)
GIG: They're playing every Friday night this month at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. near the new Whitney Museum - we're giving away tickets to this Friday's show - scroll up for info on how to get in the running!

Rana Santacruz: Deseo de un Hombre Muerto Options / Por Ahi / * (0:23:20 Pop-up)
GIG: He's playing (along w/ 4 other bands / artists) on the Transpacific Sound Paradise from Barbes, 376 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, next Saturday May 16, 6-9 pm!

Elof & Wamberg: Oresundreel Options / 12 Ornli (0:27:42 Pop-up)

Earlybird Stringband: Fyrispil, Trippar Options / LassoFolk (0:30:17 Pop-up)

Himmerland: Kun til Kanten, Hen i April Options / The Spider in the Fiddle (0:32:02 Pop-up)

The Cottars: The Contradiction Set Options / Feast (0:36:56 Pop-up)

Mubarak: Amar Shonar Torir Ronger Badam Options / Various Artists: Murshidi and Sufi Songs: Field Recordings by Deben Bhattacharya / ARC Music / * (0:47:23 Pop-up)
Spiritual masters of Bangladesh - recorded by Bhattacharya near the end of his life.

Meerasi Ensemble: Nabh Kamal Vich (Hindu Spiritual Bhajan) Options / Various Artists: Unheard Rajasthan / De Kulture (0:54:35 Pop-up)

Sophie Nzayisenga: Inanga Solo Excerpt Options (0:57:08 Pop-up)
From interview posted here.

Sophie Nzayisenga & Jeremy Danneman: Nyambo (Live on WFMU) Options (1:07:34 Pop-up)

Sophie Nzayisenga & Jeremy Danneman: Improvisation (Live on WFMU) Options (1:22:53 Pop-up)

Sophie Nzayisenga & Jeremy Danneman: Song by Joseph Sebatunzi (Live on WFMU) Options (1:31:54 Pop-up)

Jeremy Danneman with Sophie Nzayisenga, William Parker and Tim Keiper: Honeywine (Rough Mix) Options / Forthcoming Album (1:42:11 Pop-up)

Jeremy Danneman with Sophie Nzayisenga, William Parker and Tim Keiper: Old and Decrepit (Rough Mix) Options / Forthcoming Album (2:00:05 Pop-up)

Jeremy Danneman with William Parker and Tim Keiper: Clouds Talking About the Weather Options / Lady Boom Boom / Rope-a-Dope / * (2:14:47 Pop-up)

John Mayer's Indo Jazz Fusion: Prayoga Options / Ragatal (2:21:35 Pop-up)

Masaladosa: Pushkar Options / Electro World Curry / Masalasound (2:31:57 Pop-up)

Jan Trebunia-Tutka: Blizniemu Slowo Options / Gory w Sercu / Trojka (2:37:33 Pop-up)

Jaki Liebezeit & Holger Mertin: Krook, Jackpool Options / Aksak / Staubgold / * (2:42:50 Pop-up)

Toni Iordache: Tinerete Tinerete Options / Songs From a Bygone Age Vol. 4 / Asphalt Tango / * (2:57:50 Pop-up)
New to WFMU

Listener comments!

  6:07pm katie:

howdy from the microbrew mitten state. We're hosting the family at Mom's tonight so entertain us well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Happy Saturday everyone! Oh boy, the show is starting out great!
  6:08pm katie:

Hi Karen. Hope you all are having a beautiful spring so far.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Rob W:

Well Katie, I hope they dig the inanga!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm Rob W:

And thanks Karen and good evening everyone, thanks for listening!@
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Lovely day here. Lots of flowers blooming. Come up sometime for a cemetery tour!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hooray for pills! I can still enjoy life out of doors.
Hooray for the app. I can still enjoy WFMU out of doors.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- oh - no wonder I think of this as another culture's 'Soul Music' - it's Sufi !
...Evening /TZAG - Rob & All.
  7:01pm Listener Robert:

Did you say Pennsauken?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Rob W:

Listener Robert - I did - or at least, I tried to - I hope I didn't brutally mispronounce it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63: - pentatonic - so like The Blues - of course I'm fascinated...
  7:14pm Dave in Cleveland:

Inanga produces a very wondrous sound.. spiritual vibes.
  7:32pm Marmalade kitty:

Love it! Can we buy the recordings online?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Rob W:

Thanks Marmalade Kitty! The album with Sophie and Jeremy and Tim Keiper and William Parker is not out yet but you can keep an eye on his website. Otherwise I don't think Sophie has anything released yet. (Although she toured with Nile Project, she wasn't on the debut Nile Project album but she might be on the forthcoming second one, not sure.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yes - Thank You
- Sophie Nzayisenga & Jeremy Danneman
- & Rob & Engineer et al
...spare instrumentation but so rich & soulful & satisfying.
...You've done it again Rob !...
Avatar 7:42pm danil:

This sounds really cool. I'm curious about what she's saying.
  7:42pm TallulahTaffy:

This is so good. Looks like the $100 category on the indie gogo gets an early release of the album with Sophie:
  7:43pm Marmalade kitty:

countless ideas inspired in those bass strings..
  7:48pm Marmalade kitty:

I can hear Simon Garfunkel Mrs Robinson in there..? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Rob W:

Thanks TallulahTaffy for mentioning that! And yes Danil... usually I would ask a little more about the lyrics, I kinda tried on one song but Sophie's doesn't have enough English and we didn't have a translator. One general note I can give you on lyrics (from "The inanga is usually played solo and the performer sings his own songs about historical events, personal experiences or everyday incidents. The inanga is also played during rituals."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- somewhat analogous to a Griot ? (Here I go getting into trouble again!...)
Avatar 7:56pm danil:

Thanks Rob!
  8:07pm Stephanie in CT:

This is my favorite show on WFMU. Always amazing Rob.
  8:08pm Marmalade kitty:

You know Paul Simon, I bet he'd heard the inanga in action and thought aha!
  8:10pm Marmalade kitty:

I'm new to this instrument:) Thanks Sophie, Jeremy & Rob!
  8:14pm Hel:

Into metal mainly but Rob's playlists have lured me in otherworldly directions. Every one of Rob's shows that i've heard is a multifaceted gem. Missed the Sufi songs but i'll hit the archive later. Thanks again Rob.
  8:15pm Marmalade kitty:

I'm gonna make an inanga!?
  8:19pm Marmalade kitty:

I'll keep my eyes peeled for a nice piece of wood!
  8:21pm Hel:

Have to see what an inanga looks like, it sounds so beautiful like nothing else i've ever heard. it's sort of trance inducing yet grounding.
Avatar 8:24pm doncaballero:

Great, great stuff tonight Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:27pm Rob W:

Thanks doncab! And Hel - agreed - and this video at gives you a pretty good look at Sophie's inanga
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Thanks for another lovely show Rob!
  9:24pm Jeremy Danneman:

I just want to thank Rob for having us on the show and also everyone who tuned in and listened. Thanks for checking us out!
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