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Saturday, September 16, 2017 Options
Mexican Independence Day Special!
Guest DJ Junf Ga, host of tropical / world music show Radio Pocajú on Ibero FM in Mexico City

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Join us Thursday Sept 12th for HONK NYC! at WFMU’s Montgomery Hall, 7:30 to 11 pm
•Damas de Ferro (electrifying all-female brass band from Brazil)
•New Creations Brass Band (New Orleans second line power)
•Pussy Grabs Back (a bombastic brass band response to the State of the Union)
•The Balkan-inspired revelry of Veveritse Brass Band
•And - the first-ever Montgomery Hall appearance by NYC’s first and finest agit-brass leviathan, Hungry March Band!

Get your tickets now at !

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Tonight's show: Junf Ga, host of the show Radio Pocajú on Ibero 90.9 FM at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, joins us to spin cumbia, salsa, boogaloo, calypso, champeta, funaná and more sounds of the world.

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We have one pair of tickets for this show on offer:

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 + Super Yamba Band at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave in Brooklyn, Wednesday, Sept 20th at 8 pm.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (More details below.)

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Seun Kuti’s Brooklyn Bowl concert is presented by the World Music Institute - see their full 2017-2018 season schedule of great international music events around NYC at

See what else is coming up at Brooklyn Bowl - and / or reserve a lane! - at

More on Seun Kuti:

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later, Seun started performing with his father and his band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as lead singer of of his late father’s band, Egypt 80. Ever since then, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father, adding his own twist to the music and digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent's struggles and traditions. Seun has since toured the world and released multiple acclaimed albums. About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consist of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but also often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement as they forged their way through political turmoil to become one of the most legendary bands in the history of African music.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is Sunday night at midnight. Priority will be given to listeners who have not won tickets on Transpacific Sound Paradise in the last six months, but all may enter. Winners will be notified on Monday.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Mdou Moctar: Amidini Options / Sousoume Tamachek / Sahel Sounds / * (0:00:00 )
GIGs: Sept 28 (Thurs) Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd St and Thursday Oct 5th at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St Bklyn (w/ Drunken Foreigner Band)

Group Doueh: Jagwar Doueh Options / Zayna Jumma / Sublime Frequencies (0:05:33 )
GIGs: Sept 29 (Fri) Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St: Group Doueh + Innov Gnawa and Oct 7 (Sat) WFMU’s Montgomery Hall, 43 Montgomery St., Jersey City NJ: Group Doueh + 75 Dolllar Bill. 8:30 pm.

Dicko Fils: Laawol Options / VideoSingle / FasoMix TV (0:15:28 )
GIGs: Shrine in Harlem Fri Sept 22, Silvana, 300 W 116th St in Harlem Sat Sept 23

Awa Melone: Massinote Options / Tama / * (0:17:30 )
GIG: Sept 30 (Sat) at Silvana, 300 W 116th St, Harlem

Leila Gobi: Deidi Dadada Options / 2017 / Clermont / * (0:21:24 )

DJ Junf from Ibero 90.9 in Mexico City:

Esquivel: La Bamba Options / Infinity In Sound, Volumes 1 & 2 (0:31:16 )

Perez Prado: Mambo del Ruletero Options (0:32:01 )

La Sonora Santanera: Por Las Calles de Mexico Options (0:35:04 )

La Mecanica Popular: Móntame En La Tormenta Options / 7" / Names You Can Trust (0:39:24 )
Riders on the Storm

El Combo Chimbita: La Raiz Options / Abya Yala / Figure & Ground / * (0:48:30 )

Malphino: Republica Federal de Malphino Options / Names You Can Trust / 7" (0:53:32 )

Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe: Ambiance Vikings Options / Best Of Les Vikings De La Guadeloupe 1966-2016 / Best Of Les Vikings De La Guadeloupe 1966-2016 (0:57:48 )

Calixto Ochoa: Charanga Campesina Options / Joyas Corraleras, Vol. 2 / Discos Fuentes (0:58:49 )

Latin Brothers: Bailame Como Quieras Options / Bailame Como Quieras / Discos Fuentes (1:09:05 )

Quitapenas: Me Llevaba Options / Quitapenas (1:12:50 )

Sonido Gallo Negro: Alfonso Graña (Selvatica) Options / Sendero Mistico / Glitterbeat (1:16:51 )

Perro Agradacido: Espíritu Kayapó Options (1:19:16 )

Money Chicha: Hecho en Mexico Options / Hecho en Mexico / VampiSoul (1:21:02 )

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem: La Haitiana Options / Mezcla / Glitterbeat (1:29:57 )

Samba Mapangala: (1:31:03 )

Bopol Mansiamina: Africa Diaspora Options / Sambela / Production Guerry Alain (1:42:04 )

Antibalas: Gold Rush Options / Where The Gods Are in Peace / Daptone / * (1:48:01 )

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: For Dem Eye Options / From Africa With Fury: Rise / Knitting Factory Records (2:02:09 )
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Enter the giveaway (see above) to win a pair of tickets to see Seun Kuti Wednesday night in a concert presented by World Music Institute at Brooklyn Bowl!

Ogun Afrobeat: Noah's Dance Options / Koko Iroyin / * (2:10:01 )

Trigal: Sacromonte Options / Baila Mi Rumba / Pharaway Sounds / * (2:15:12 )
New reissue

El Turronero: Eres Lava de un Volcan Options / New Hondo / Pharaway Sounds / * (2:18:16 )
New reissue

Sonido Cotopaxi: Melisa Options / Various Artists: Macondo Revisitado: The Roots Of Subtropical Music Uruguay 1975-1979 / VampiSoul (2:22:55 )

Abraham Inc: Moskowitz Remix Options / Tweet Tweet (2:27:03 )
GIG: Sept 24 (Sun) Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St: Table Pounding Music presents A Benefit Concert for the American Civil Liberties Union/New York Civil Liberties Union featuring Abraham Inc (featuring David Krakauer, Fred Wesley and Socalled), Members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Marc Ribot and "Where Worlds Collide" (featuring South African pianists Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen). Special Guest: Frank London of the Klezmatics Guest Speaker: Donna Lieberman, head of the New York Civil Liberties Union. 7 pm showtime.

Ot Azoj: Dza Dza Dzum Options / Dza Dza Dzum (2:32:24 )

Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra: Las Sirba Loca Options / Revuelta Dance Party / * (2:36:19 )

'Ndiaz: Fevriesque Options (2:40:45 )

Ghalia Benali & Mâäk: Crystal Tears Options / MwSOUL / W.E.R.F. / * (2:50:38 )

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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 Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:09pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:09pm Rob W:

Good evening Ace and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:10pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:10pm maestroso:

Good evening Rob and Your Ace!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:11pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Don't worry, Mr. Doueh, that sound is just a phase your Guitar is going through.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:22pm BnowB:

Hi Rob- Love your show for so many years. Always an honor you are so kind. Cheers and TY for another night of the sounds of the world.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:24pm Rob W:

Thanks so much BnowB, that's very nice of you to say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:29pm Megaroni:

Beautiful singing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:43pm Megaroni:

Luv this Mexicano groovin'
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:44pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni. Happy Mexican Independence Day everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:45pm BnowB:

Its nice to get the chance to tell you after so many years of listening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:45pm BnowB:

Yea! happy Mexican independence day party :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:54pm Ken From Hyde Park:

But that's Cinco de Mayo, isn't it? /common mistake
  Sat. 9/16/17 6:58pm Paddy MeBoy:

Great Cumbia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 6:58pm Rob W:

I think it carries different weight than our independence day?
Quoting from unnamed sources: "Independence Day celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 7:08pm osvi:

Saludos desde Norte Califas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 7:13pm Rob W:

Saludos osvi!
  Sat. 9/16/17 7:21pm Paddy MeBoy:

Is this Chicha Libre?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 7:24pm Rob W:

Good ear Paddy - I believe Chicha Libre covered the same song that we heard by Sonido Gallo Negro
  Sat. 9/16/17 7:27pm Paddy MeBoy:

Nice! Thanks Rob! Great tunes in the shadow of so much else.
  Sat. 9/16/17 7:34pm Paddy MeBoy:

  Sat. 9/16/17 7:36pm Carmichael:

Hola Pat y FMU amigos.
  Sat. 9/16/17 7:45pm Paddy MeBoy:

Great set of musica!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:27pm JakeGould:

Great set, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:31pm Rob W:

Thanks Jake!
  Sat. 9/16/17 8:33pm VA Kevin:

really diggin this set
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:36pm Rob W:

Thanks Kevin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:44pm Mitten John:

Smokin' show tonight, Rob. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:48pm Drunken Creep:

Outstanding show tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:52pm Bas NL:

Late back home.. i'll have to enjoy the archive, but just in time to say: thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:52pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks Bas, DC, MJ and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for another fine tour of worldwide sounds, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 9/16/17 8:57pm slugluv1313:

hi Rob and everyone!
same as Bas NL -- late in getting home but happy to hear last hour or so live -- THANK YOU!
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