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Saturday, December 16, 2017 Options
Tsibele: New Directions in Klezmer / Yiddish / East European Roots Music

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It's Hanukkah with the Onions! Onions being the English translation of "Tsibele", a great new group on New York's Klezmer / Yiddish / East European roots scene.

Here's how the band describes itself on

Tsibele is a new-traditional klezmer band based in Brooklyn, New York. Our repertoire comes from Moldovan/Bessarabian music and the music of Jewish migrants from Europe to America, including the music of the Belf era. Tsibele's music explores the limits of the klezmer idiom through improvisation and songs from the edges of klezmer.

Tsibele has a fab debut album called It's Dark Outside - Indroysn iz Finster - check it out at

Right after tonight's radio show (Saturday December 16th), Tsibele heads over to Crown Heights - 1467 Bedford Ave to be precise - to play at the Brooklyn Jews Hanukkah Party.

And they're part of the Yiddish New York Festival's emerging artists showcase - Tsukunft/Future – The New Klezmorim - at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St in the East Village, Monday night December 25th (a/k/a Christmas) - along with Goyfriend and Overnight Kugel.

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Massive thanks to our illustrious engineer, Glenn Luttman.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Tribalistas: Feliz e Saudavel Options / Tribalistas / Phonomotor Records / * (0:00:00 )

The Boom: Good Nunbee (Featuring the Kick the Can Crew) Options / Okinawa Watashi Noshima / Toshiba EMI (0:03:38 )

Maltese Rock: Ishin Denshin Options / Down Town Parade / Music from Okinawa (0:10:01 )

Asakusa Jinta: Asakusa Rock 2 Options / Asakusa Jinta / Teichiku (0:13:03 )

Phairin Phonphibun: Lam Tang Wai Chiik Ko Options / Lam Klom Thung: Essential Phairin Phonphibun / Light in the Attic (0:19:24 )
The Rattan Palm

Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band: Show Wong Molam International Options / 21st Century Molam / Studio Lam (0:21:53 )

Drunken Foreigner Band: Farang Mao a/k/a Molam (Featured in the film Burn Country) Options / White Guy Disease (0:25:58 )
GIG: Barbes & Electric Cowbell "Secret Planet" APAP Showcase @ Drom feat. Bhairavi Beatbox + Super Yamba + Bulla en el Barrio + Drunken Foreigner Band + Mourning A BLKstar + Combo Chimbita + Hearing Things; Sat, 13 January 2018, 19:30 pm

Tamikrest: War Tila Eridaran Options / Kidal / Glitterbeat / * (0:38:49 )

Leila Gobi: Mi Manda Options / 2017 / Clermont Music / * (0:44:21 )

Group Tagout: Taganraratt Options / Various Artists: Every Song Has its End - Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali / Glitterbeat (0:50:19 )

3MA: Hanatra Options / Anarouz / Glitterbeat / * (0:54:19 )

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet: Eh Ya Ye Options / Ladilikan / Nonesuch / World Circuit / * (0:59:07 )

Lo'Jo: Noisy Flower Options / Fonetiq Flowers / World Village / * (1:06:27 )

Reggetiko Project: La Vuelta Options / Knot / * (1:06:58 )

Tsibele: Rosemont Turkisher (Live on WFMU) Options (1:12:02 )

Tsibele: It's Dark Outside - Indroysn iz Finster (Live on WFMU) Options (1:24:49 )

Tsibele: Reina's March (Live on WFMU) Options (1:31:01 )

Tsibele: Nifty's Elgene (Live on WFMU) Options (1:41:57 )

Tsibele: The Sweat Shop Options / Indroysn iz Finster / It's Dark Outside / * (1:57:04 )

Tsibele: Tsvelef A Zeyger / Twelve O'clock Options / Indroysn iz Finster / It's Dark Outside / * (1:58:11 )

Hilja Grönfors & Latso Dzinta: Kun Kuljen Tietäni Options / Kai Tu Džaha? / Global Music Centre (2:05:50 )

Sutari: Sionce Options / Osty / Unzipped Fly / * (2:10:05 )

Dalava: Před Naším Je Zahrádečka / Red Violet Options / The Book of Transfiguations / Songlines / * (2:13:00 )

Zakopower: Triumph of the King of Heaven Options / Kolędowo / Kayax Production (2:16:11 )

Cro Cro: Xmas Parang Options / Various Artists: Charlie's Soca Christmas Collection / Charlie's Records (2:19:06 )

Kwadwo Donkoh & His Abokyi Parts Of Ghana: Bronya / Christmas Options / Christmas Africana / Shaka (2:25:39 )

Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe: Doña Santos Options / Asalto Navideño Vol. II / Fania Records (2:32:11 )

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico: Alegria y Paz Options / En Navidad / Gema (2:35:31 )

Sultans of String: Les anges dans nos campagnes / Cootes Paradise Reel (feat. Benoit Bourque) Options / Christmas Caravan / CEN / * (2:38:27 )

Gronicki i Harnasie: Jezusa Narodzonego Options / Kolędy Góralskie / Tercet (2:41:31 )

Horňácká Cimbálová Muzika Petra Galečky z Lipova: Vánoce Sa Priblížily Options / Various Artists: Antologie Moravské Lidové Hudby CD 5: Čas adventu a Vánoc / Indies Scope (2:44:17 )
Christmas Drew Nigh

Daghan Baydur: Haydi Hindi (Deck the Halls) Options / Allaturca Santa / Muzikotek (2:46:30 )

Klezmonauts: Good King Wenceslas Options / Oy to the World - A Klezmer Christmas / Satire Records (2:48:00 )

BrAgas: Ocho Kandelikas Options / Yallah! / Indies Scope (2:50:27 )

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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. 12/16/17 6:10pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Totally digging this "The Boom" track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 6:12pm Rob W:

Thanks maestroso, hi everyone, thanks for listening!
  Sat. 12/16/17 6:40pm Eli:

This drunken foreigner band track is killer, definitely going to be pursuing the album
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 6:47pm common:

Rob all. Good Saturday to you
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 6:49pm Rob W:

Good Saturday to you common and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 6:49pm Megaroni:

Happy Holidays TPSP! Sounding great tonite
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 6:54pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni, happy holidays!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 7:10pm Mark Hurst:

Great set, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 7:17pm Rob W:

Thanks Mark!
  Sat. 12/16/17 7:37pm DC:

Beautiful sounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 7:46pm Rob W:

Thanks DC!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 7:49pm Smilty69:

Great show, Rob. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 7:51pm Rob W:

Thanks Smilty69!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 7:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob and Tsibele. Good luck with your new album and upcoming shows!
  Sat. 12/16/17 8:04pm SPUDLEYVTCH:

wow, thanks... this Klezmer Yiddish is pretty unique and interesting !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 8:14pm maestroso:

Well, that Tsibele set was pretty great.
  Sat. 12/16/17 8:16pm SPUDLEYVTCH:

beautiful, and great as background in BF4
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 8:32pm Bobby Whirlwind:

My kind of Christmas tune!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 8:32pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yeah, this rocks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 8:50pm maestroso:

Haydi Hindi: so awesome!
  Sat. 12/16/17 8:53pm barba yiorgi:

Rob, Tsibele was great!! That reggetiko track you played right before they started was a Greekl tune that DERVISI does, called Eat Drink And Party, by the Halkias Bros. originally, about a cheery conversation with Death. BTW DERVISI will be at Espresso 77 in Jackson Hts this coming Thurs night at 9
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/16/17 8:55pm Rob W:

Thanks barba yiorgi on behalf of Tsibele, thanks for the background and thanks for letting us know about the gig, everyone should head over to Espresso 77 Thurs night!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/16/17 8:56pm Bas NL:

Late back home.. Thanks in advance for the archived show! ;)
  Sun. 12/17/17 6:09pm Zoe (violin from Tsibele):

Thanks to all the commenters for listening! And especially thanks to Rob for having us on and Glenn for running our sound, it was really fun to be on TSP.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/21/17 2:41pm Stashu:

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