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Saturday, August 11, 2018 Favoriting
Santoor Player Vinay Desai / Preview of the Drive East Festival of South Asian Performing Arts

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Vinay Desai joins us to introduce his music and his musical instrument, the santoor, India's 100-string member of the hammered dulcimer family. Vinay is an advanced disciple of santoor superstar Shivkumar Sharma.

Vinay Desai will be performing on Wednesday evening August 15th as part of the New York edition of the Navatman's Drive East Festival - an expansive festival of South Asian performing arts at La Mama in the East Village from August 13th to 19th.

Massive thanks to our fabulous engineer Glenn Luttman!

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TICKET GIVEAWAYS TONIGHT for two Drive East Festival concerts at La Mama Basement Theater!

We have one pair of tickets available to see Vishal Vaid perform a concert of ghazals - Urdu sung poems - on Tuesday August 14th from 8:30 to 10 pm; and one pair of tickets to see tonight's guest, Vinay Desai, perform a santoor recital on Wednesday August 15th from 7:15 to 8:15 pm.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. (One pair of tickets is available for each concert.) Please specify your first and (if you have one) second choice. Deadline to enter is midnight Sunday. Winners will be notified by Monday.

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The New York edition of the 2018 Drive East Festival takes place Aug 13-19 at the La Mama Basement Theater, 66 E 4th St. in the East Vilage. To see the full schedule, visit schedule.html. This year there is also a San Francisco edition of the Drive East Festival, which takes place Aug 22-26 at the Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St; schedule at schedule.html.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Olympic: Bláznivej Kiki (Crazy Kiki) Favoriting / Various Artists: Czech Up! Vol. 2: We'd Be Happy / VampiSoul / * (0:00:00 Pop-up)
New compilation

Flamengo: Zavraždil jsem lásku Favoriting / Various Artists: Czech Up! Vol. 2: We'd Be Happy / VampiSoul / * (0:04:48 Pop-up)

Los Candelos: Bailen Mi Rumbita Favoriting / Various Artists: Rumbita Buena / Pharaway Sounds / * (0:07:17 Pop-up)
New compilation

Malo: Just Say Goodbye Favoriting / Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles / Ominvore Recordings (0:10:25 Pop-up)
New anthology

Irakere: Bacalao Con Pan Favoriting / Grupo Irakere / Egrem (0:13:32 Pop-up)
Original from 1974; reissued on Cuban Essentials - Irakere fairly recently

Avolonto Honoré: Bonne Annee Favoriting / Various Artists: Afro Latin via Cotonou / Syllart (0:17:48 Pop-up)

Orchestre Septentrional d'Haiti: Oua Vini Favoriting / La Boule de Feu D'Haiti / Marc's Record (0:28:48 Pop-up)

AfroCuban All Stars: Pio Mentiroso Favoriting / A Toda Cuba Le Gusta / World Circuit / * (0:33:17 Pop-up)
New reissue

Lokassa Ya Mbongo: Assitou Favoriting / Assitou Vol. 1 / Disc-Orient (0:38:01 Pop-up)
GIG: Thurs Aug 23: Soukous All-Stars featuring Nyboma, Lokassa Ya Mbongo, Huit Kilos and many more @ Lincoln Center Rubinstein Atrium (FREE / no RSVP but get there early to make sure you get in!) 7:30 pm

Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő​: Seven Favoriting / Szikra / Vetnasj / * (0:48:38 Pop-up)

Shahin Talebani: Shapoli Shet Favoriting / Bo To Kurdistan / Talebani (0:53:12 Pop-up)

Vinay Desai: Interview Favoriting / Broadcast Only / N/A (1:04:43 Pop-up)

Vinay Desai: Raag Hamsadhwani (HIndustani Classical Improvisation on Santoor) Favoriting / Live on WFMU / N/A (1:13:12 Pop-up)

Vinay Desai: Hindustani Semi-classical Improvisation on Santoor Favoriting / Live on WFMU / N/A (1:35:25 Pop-up)

Kelly Moran: Dream Pauline Favoriting / Optimist / Obsolete Units / * (1:50:14 Pop-up)

Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: Chasing Butterflies Favoriting / Life As Is: The Blending of Ancient Souls from China and Syria / Innova Recordings / * (1:53:57 Pop-up)

Wu Man and Son de San Diego: Dance in the Sunshine Favoriting / Fingertip Carnival / Wind Music / * (1:58:54 Pop-up)

Grasslands Ensemble & Daniel Ho: Rock Blossoms Favoriting / Between the Sky & Prairie / Wind Music / * (2:03:52 Pop-up)

Tyva Kyzy: My Bai Taiga Favoriting / Setkilimden sergek yr-dyr (Cheerul Song From My Soul) / The Tuva Trader (2:05:38 Pop-up)

Cilokaq Modera Pusaka Group "Putra Sasak Asli": Mule Nasip Favoriting / Cilokaq Music of Lombok / King Records World Music Library (2:15:17 Pop-up)

Marcel Khalife & Mahmoud Darwish: Oh, My Proud Wound Favoriting / Fall of the Moon / Traditional Crossroads (2:21:22 Pop-up)

Ahuva Ozeri: את לי פרח (Aht Li Perach - You're a Flower to Me) Favoriting / The Swan Poetry / 24 Stars (2:24:00 Pop-up)

Azza: Helweh Favoriting / Khod Balak / Slam (2:27:49 Pop-up)

Maghrebika: El B'Nia Favoriting / Neftakhir / Barraka El Farnatshi (2:33:02 Pop-up)

Ammar 808: Ain Essouda Favoriting / Maghreb United / Glitterbeat / * (2:41:16 Pop-up)

Ifriqiyya Electrique: Lavo - Baba Marzug - Sidi Saad - Allah Favoriting / Rûwâhîne / Glitterbeat (2:41:27 Pop-up)

Panchasila: Dalang Favoriting / Panchasila / Sucata Tapes / * (2:46:28 Pop-up)

Chancha via Circuito: Nadie Lo Riega Favoriting / Bienaventuranza / Wonderwheel Recordings / * (2:51:37 Pop-up)

Ettika: Ettika (Version Maxi) Favoriting / Various Artists: Chebran - French Boogie 1982-1989 (Volume 2) / Born Bad / *
New compilation

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Email here to JOIN the TSP E-MAIL LIST for giveaways, show news!

If you want to be on an email list for special ticket and music giveaways and to hear news about upcoming specials and special events (including our upcoming Sat May 26th holiday weekend live remote from the amazing Issyra African Art Gallery in Hoboken) - send an email to Rob W here and be sure to write "list" in the subject line.

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Listener comments!

  6:05pm D&L on Madison:

Hi Rob. Great opening to show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm Rob W:

Thanks D&L, good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Rob and Palanese
-i like these psychedelic beginnings
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Greetings from 97°W 41°N or so. On vacation at my mom's. About 90°F and hazy from faraway forest fires.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Rob W:

Greetings Ken (and Ken's mom), coelacanth∅ and everyone!
  6:51pm Doobois:

Three umlauts. The Hungarian sign of approval.
  6:53pm stuntz:

boy boy boy that that that is is is a a a lot lot lot of of of echo echo echo
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Ike:

This santoor is great! But what show were you mentioning at the Rubenstein Atrium? I didn't quite catch that part.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Rob W:

Thanks Ike - this is the free Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium show I mentioned - - it's a bunch of superb veteran Congolese musicians collaborating under the name Soukous All Stars. Thurs Aug 23, 7:30 pm although best to get there before 7 to make sure you can get in before they reach capacity.
Avatar 🌍 7:43pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Rob W:

Hi Bas! Hi everyone new!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm spodiodi:

Hi Rob, thanks for another wonderful, pleasant Sunday. And thanks to your guest, Vinay Desai -- sounds great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks spodiodi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm maestroso:

Hi Rob, had your show on since about 19:00, really enjoying this!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Ike:

Thanks Rob, sounds great!
  8:16pm olivia:

Hi rob! Really loving your show tonight! It’s getting me thru work ~~ great live set
  8:18pm jdubz:

sooo good!! bringing me back to listening to music in the car with my dad
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks maestroso, olivia and everyone!
Avatar 🌍 8:25pm Bas NL:

Is this Khalife and Darwish traditional to a certain country? Sounds Lebanese(?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm Rob Weisberg:

Darwish was a renowned Palestinian poet (d. 2008) - there's background on the Poetry Foundation site,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Rob Weisberg:

Marcel Khalife is a Lebanese musician but very dedicated to the Palestinian cause - I think that's a fair way to put it but don't quote me in your term papers!
Avatar 🌍 8:34pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Probably picked up the Lebanese vibe during his years of exile in Beirut. Great song.
Avatar 🌍 8:36pm Bas NL:

Ahh.. that's very much a link to Lebanon!
Avatar 🌍 8:37pm Bas NL:

Fantastic set btw!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Ike:

Ah, per your calendar, the Women's Raga Massive event at Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing tomorrow looks interesting....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm coelacanth∅:

Killer program tonight Rob!
Thanks! and Thanks Vinay!
Avatar 🌍 8:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! And i'll catch up with the start of the show through the archives.. Missed Vinay!
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