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Saturday, April 15, 2017 Options
Hicham El Kebbaj on the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essauoira, Morocco

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For generations the Gnawa people, descendants of Sub-Saharan Africans, faced discrimination in Morocco. And their rich musical traditions were neglected. The smashing success of the Gnaoua World Music Festival in the beautiful Atlantic coast city of Essauoira has helped change that.

This year's 20th annual festival takes place from June 29th to July 1st. Hicham El Kebbaj, an artistic director of the festival, joins us this week to talk about the festival and the music.

This Week's Playlist:

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Chicano Batman: Flecha al Sol Options / Freedom is Free / ATO Records / * (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
GIG: July 15 (Sat): Central Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, 72nd St. Mid-Park: Los Pericos + Chicano Batman + La Vida Bohéme, presented in association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). 3-7 pm.

Ray Barretto: Right On Options / Barretto Power / Fania (0:05:07 Pop‑up)

Pazy and the Black Hippies: Come Back Again Options / Wa Ho Ha / Secret Stash Records (0:07:38 Pop‑up)

Volta Jazz: Mama Soukous Options / Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé - Belle Époque In Upper Volta / Numero Group / * (0:12:01 Pop‑up)

Banteay Ampil Band: Don't Forget Khmer Blood Options / Cambodian Liberation Songs / Akuphone / * (0:20:25 Pop‑up)
New reissue

Pan Ron: Chnam Oun 31 (I'm 31) Options / Various Artists: Cambodia Rock Instensified Vol 3 / Lion Productions (0:22:47 Pop‑up)

Mon Mueangnuea: Sang Bangkok (I Hate Bangkok) Options / Various Artists, Produced by Doi Inthanon: Essential - Classic Isan Pops / Em / * (0:26:42 Pop‑up)
New Anthology

Angkanang Kunchai: Kapo Lam (Empty Coconut) Options / Various Artists, Produced by Doi Inthanon: Essential - Classic Isan Pops / Em / * (0:29:42 Pop‑up)

Sounds of Kolachi: Chakardaar Options / Elaam / Elements Media / * (0:37:45 Pop‑up)
GIG: Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Sun April 16th (tomorrow) at 7 pm

Mekaal Hasan Band: Mahi Options / Andholan / Times Music India (0:45:05 Pop‑up)

Trilok Gurtu and the Frikyiwa Family: Dhine Dhadhin Options / Farakala / Frikyiwa (0:51:00 Pop‑up)

Maleem Mahmoud Ghania and Pharoah Sanders: La Allah Dayim Moulenah Options / Trance of Seven Colors / Axiom (1:03:30 Pop‑up)

Maâlem Hamid El Kasri : Saadi Belwali Options / Bouhala Gnawa / SACAV - Societe Artistique et Culturelle Audio Visuelle, Rabat (1:19:18 Pop‑up)
Hamid is one of the artistic directors of the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira, as is our guest Hicham El Kabbaj

Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet And The Gnawa Master Musicians Of Morocco: Lalla Mira Options / Spirit! The Power Of Music / Gitanes Jazz Productions (1:27:30 Pop‑up)
Featuring Abdellah El Gourd, Ahmed Saassaa, Talib Kibwe, Benny Powell and other

Maâlem Mokhtar Gania & Bill Laswell : Toumarmania Options / Tagnawwit - Holy Black Gnawa Trance / M.O.D. Technologies / * (1:33:58 Pop‑up)
Maâlem Mokhtar Gania is, I believe, a brother of Maâlem Mahmoud Ghania, a beloved musician and regular at the Gnaoua World Music Festival who passed away in August 2015.

Ray Lema and Tyour Gnaoua: Youbati Options / Safi / Buda Musique (1:40:36 Pop‑up)

Abdelkbir Marchane & Ahmed Baqbou: Sandiya Options / Various Artists: Ouled Bambara: Portraits of Gnawa / Drag City (1:51:24 Pop‑up)

Maâlem Mahmoud Ghania: Moulay Ahmed Options / Mahmoud Guinia / Tichkaphone (2:00:21 Pop‑up)

Oudaden: Taftoucht Options / Sloeh - The Best / La Voix El Maarif (2:06:46 Pop‑up)

Najat Aâtabou: Shouffi Rhirou Options / Voice of the Atlas / GlobeStyle (2:14:01 Pop‑up)

Barney Willen: Afrika Freak Out Options / Moshi / Souffle Continu / * (2:27:39 Pop‑up)
New reissue / CORRECTION to the mic break before this track: Barney wasn't African, he grew up in Paris and his father was actually American...

Ondatrópica: De Mar a Mar Options / Baile Bucanero / Soundway / * (2:32:52 Pop‑up)
GIG: Mario Galeano & Will Holland (Ondatropica masterminds) will be in NYC for a DJ gig at the Good Room, Brooklyn, NY on April 20th

Laurent Lomande: Elisa Options / Various Artists: The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo 1954-55 / Honest Jons / * (2:37:30 Pop‑up)

Las Cafeteras: Senor Presidente Options / Tastes Like LA / Las Cafeteras Music / * (2:40:09 Pop‑up)

Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble: Jesús De Nazareth Options / Live At Jazz Standard / Arpa y Voz Records (2:46:05 Pop‑up)

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:05pm geezerette:

Streaming nothing but Rex!!! Poltergeists,I tell you!
Avatar 6:06pm geezerette:

Whew, TPSP again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Rob W:

Yep, I think we're continuing to have playlist / web problems (the fix is in progress). But I believe the streams are working okay, thanks geezerette and good evening everyone...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

[You just have to get to a playlist by going to the Program's homepage instead...]
Love these tracks (as usual) - !...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi all! He, he,finally found the comments board ;-)
Avatar 6:28pm βrian:

Good lord! Why is the playlist hidden??
Ach, the FMU website has been effectively hosed for almost a year.
Avatar 6:37pm geezerette:

Hey RevRab, Bas, Brian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Cliff (temporarily not) in Prague:

What is this track playing right now? I missed what Rob said
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Cliff (temporarily not) in Prague:

And hey geezerette & everybody :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Bas NL:

I really liked those Cambodian songs BTW. Thanks for playing those Rob.
Avatar 6:45pm geezerette:

Cliff! Good to see you buddy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm Cliff (temporarily not) in Prague:

That was a crazy song, whatever that was!
Avatar 6:49pm geezerette:

Sounds of Kolachi: Chakardaar
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Cliff (temporarily not) in Prague:

Thanks geezerette! I was playing darts & drinking Dr Pepper & got a bit distracted :)
Avatar 6:52pm geezerette:

Avatar 6:57pm geezerette:

Feel like I understand this guy.
Avatar 7:34pm geezerette:

Rob, this show is off the charts good. Hypnotic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm fleep:

I found the playlist! Do I win? Can I attend the cottage of my choice? Can I feel the beat? Yes, I can!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Rob W:

Thanks geezerette! Sorry everyone about the playlist confusion... hopefully will be fixed soon, but not yet...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Rob W:

fleep, I wish I had a cottage for you...
Avatar 7:53pm JakeGould:

@fleep: You are making me wonder if cottages still exist nowadays. Unless they are luxury cottages?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I, your faithful assistant, put a link in Rex's all-encompassing playlist to point wayward folks here. I hope it proves helpful
Avatar 8:04pm geezerette:

Ah, Ken FHP: bread crumbs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Rob W:

Thanks KfHP! Of course we'll need to update that at the top of the hour when Pat Byrne steps up to the plate with Prove It All Night!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Rob W:

We'll also put KfHP on the cottage waiting list...
Avatar 8:08pm geezerette:

Such powerful music. Original trance,or a branch of at least.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Good thinking KenfHP!
Avatar 8:09pm JakeGould:

The cottage sounds like some timeshare scam.
Avatar 8:10pm geezerette:

(...wonder what cottage en-trance exams are like?...)
Avatar 8:13pm geezerette:

@Jake:hmmm...a vast timeshare cult...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Rob W:

We didn't get into it in the interview but if you're curious about the Gnawa trance ritual, Lila, this page, , has a little introduction.
Avatar 8:17pm geezerette:

Rob, thanks for link!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:19pm Smilty69:

Thanks Ken From Hyde Park. And thank you Rob, great show!
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