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Saturday, May 13, 2017 Options
Live from Barbes in Park Slope - Global Sounds of NYC

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Join Rob and illustrious co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel at Barbès, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a jam-packed four-act evening of NY-based ensembles inspired by music from around the world. Admission is free of charge!

- Seyyah opens the show with a fresh take on music from Turkey at 6 pm
- Songwriter Ilusha Tsinadze explores his roots in the Republic of Georgia and life in NYC at 6:45 pm
- Navatman Music Collective re-imagines South Indian vocal music at 7:30 pm
- and Rosa Tatuata closes the show with stirring sounds from Southern Italy and Sicily at 8:15 pm

Join us at Barbès or via the airwaves for three solid hours of great music!

And if you do make it to Barbès: If the great music (free of charge) isn't enough, we'll be doling out free FMU swag too - but get there early before we give it all away!

Massive thanks to Olivier Conan and also Vincent Douglas from Barbès, and to engineer Rob Christiansen and board op Joe Duffy!

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Help keep Barbès alive - it’s a Brooklyn cultural gem!

Donate to the Barbès crowd funding campaign (and get some musical treats, and concert tickets, in exchange for your support) at

Barbès is a small Brooklyn club which has been presenting music on a daily basis for 15 years. Started on a shoestring budget in a former barber shop in the South Slope, Barbès has for years acted as a kind of laboratory for all different kinds of new projects and become a true community hub. Transpacific Sound Paradise has proudly broadcast some 25 live music shows from Barbès and we hope to do lots more in the future.

But changing demographics and a new economic reality are now threatening Barbès. Today Barbès owes a total of $70,000 - 20,000 to be repaid before July 1st.

You can support Barbès in two ways:

Again, you can donate to the Barbès crowd funding campaign at

And / or: Come to Drom, 85 Ave A on Friday June 9th for a Benefit for Barbès featuring a cross-section of the types of artists central to Barbès, including: Innov Gnawa, Bulla en el Barrio, Big Lazy, Maracatu NY and first-time ever brass band supergroup Fanfare Barbes + DJs.

Get tickets to the benefit here - or if you donate to the crowd funding campaign at a high enough level, one or more tickets may be included.

More info on the Benefit for Barbès, Friday June 9th at Drom, here.

Venue info at

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Seyyah: Live from Barbès Options (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Ilusha Tsinadze: Live from Barbès Options

Maracatu NY: Dia de Cabloco Options / Various Artists: Turntables on Ipanema (1:28:32 Pop‑up)
GIG: Maracatu NY is one of the bands playing the Barbès benefit at Drom on Friday June 9th!

Los Wemblers de Iquitos: Mentecata Options / Ikaro del Amor / Barbes / * (1:32:31 Pop‑up)
GIG Monday October 16th at Pioneer Works in Red Hook (Ikaro del Amor EP is not officially released yet - official release dates for vinyl and digital are in June 2017)

Navatman Music Collective: Live from Barbès Options (1:45:36 Pop‑up)

Battle of Santiago: Aguanileo Options / La Migra / * (2:25:55 Pop‑up)
GIG: Tomorrow (Sunday May 14th) at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn

Rosa Tatuata: Live from Barbès Options (2:30:55 Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  6:02pm Bronwyn Bishop:

Hello rob and transpacific friends. I am making salmon and kale. Who wants some?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Me me me ! !! !!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Bronwyn! I'll leave it to you and Ken to work out the logistics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi Irene!
  6:06pm Bronwyn Bishop:

*mails salmon and kale from crown heights to Hyde park*
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Already just beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, BB. While I'm waiting, I'll just I'm drool over pictures of food.
  6:15pm Bronwyn Bishop:

  6:18pm zaydah:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm Rob Weisberg:

Hi zaydah and everyone, thanks for listening!
  6:24pm DaveinPA:

1st class
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Rob W:

Thanks very much 4 DaveinPA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Ike:

Wish I could make it to Barbès -- I'm not far away, but I'm a bit under the weather. Sounds really great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Finally caught the show from the beginning. Donated to the Barbès campaign.
@Bronwyn Bishop: salmon and kale sounds delicious. Meself, I have a bunch of ramps from the farmer's market that I'm debating how to prepare...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Bas NL:

Big applause to Seyyah! And great sound quality!
  6:38pm Peter:

Sadly I missed the start of the show. What I've listened to is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Rob W:

Thanks Peter, thanks Bas and maestroso and Ike and everyone!
  6:55pm grace gold way:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Ike:

Here's one of the few places you can get Georgian food around here:
  7:31pm grace gold way:

so good
  7:49pm grace gold way:

these songs... and the cellophane for dinner
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Rob W:

Thanks Grace and thanks Ike for the Georgian bakery tip, didn't know of this place! There are also a few Georgian bakeries and at least one restaurant in Brighton Beach - combine a little fun in the sun with a little khachapuri!
  8:48pm Charlie_pseudonym:

I love Russia because they stand against globalization. Any progressive who thinks a nuclear war against Russia to be a good thing has drunk sooo much Kool aid that judgement is impaired
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob and assistants​. Looking forward to the next show from Barbès.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob and all at Barbès for a great evening! And happy travels for the coming weeks Rob!
  8:57pm Charlie_pseudonym:

I love Russia if you don't your judgement is impaired worse then mine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone!
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