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Saturday, September 8, 2018 Favoriting
Spotlight on Flushing Town Hall,
Celebrating Queens' cultural diversity
with Sami Abu Shumays

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Flushing Town Hall is an urban success story. The beautiful 1862 Romanesque Revival landmark building had over time been a Civil War recruitment center, theatre (Tom Thumb was the resident celebrity for a time), courthouse and jail. But by the 1970s, Flushing Town Hall had fallen into a severe state of disrepair. It was restored in 1990 and turned into a cultural center with a mission "to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City". That includes lots of great concerts, and the fall season kicks off with a doozy: The exuberant sounds of Peruvian village brass band La Patronal, making an ultra-rare appearance on Friday September 14th.

Flushing Town Hall Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays, who leads New York's wonderful Egyptian-movie-music-style band Zikrayat by night, joins us to tell the story and preview some upcoming season highlights.

This Week's Playlist:

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Orchestra Baobab: Cabral Favoriting / A Night Club Baobab / Oriki (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Chancellor Desi Mbwese: Amoureux Malhereux Favoriting / Viva La Musica (0:08:57 Pop-up)

Umalali: Merua Favoriting / Umalali - The Garifuna Womens Project / Cumbancha (0:15:44 Pop-up)

La Patronal: Abreme la Puerta Favoriting / La Patronal (0:26:30 Pop-up)
GIG: Friday night (Sept 14) @ Flushing Town Hall

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda el Clavo: No la peles papá Favoriting / Loe Loa (Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree) / Odelia (0:33:37 Pop-up)

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda el Clavo: Sentimiento Favoriting / Loe Loa (Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree) / Odelia (0:36:10 Pop-up)

Inkhay: Rosaura Favoriting / Soul of the Andes / Intuition (0:42:39 Pop-up)
GIG: Flushing Town Hall Friday October 19 with Rio Mira

Rio Mira: Andarele Favoriting / Marimba del Pacifico / AYA / * (0:46:51 Pop-up)
GIG: Flushing Town Hall Friday October 19 with Inkhay

Rio Mira: Torbellino Favoriting / Marimba del Pacifico (0:49:47 Pop-up)

Joan Soriano: Melina Favoriting / Me Decidi / iASO Records (0:59:34 Pop-up)

Joan Soriano: Llanto A La Luna Favoriting / Me Decidi / iASO Records (1:04:02 Pop-up)

Kim So Ra: DDok DDok DDok - Pitter Patter Favoriting (1:13:22 Pop-up)
GIG: Kim So Ra performs as part of the Light & Beat: Art of Korean Drumming concert at Flushing Town Hall, Fri Nov 9

Black String: Mask Dance Favoriting / Mask Dance (1:21:56 Pop-up)

Ssing Ssing: Sansyeombul Favoriting / Ssing Ssing (EP) (1:28:02 Pop-up)

Coreyah: Tomorrow Morning Favoriting / Volume 3 (Seoul Folks) (1:31:59 Pop-up)

Riyaaz Qawwali: Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram (Chant for Lord Ram) Favoriting / Kashti (1:43:03 Pop-up)

Falu: Tararum Pumpum Favoriting / Falu's Bazaar (1:51:36 Pop-up)

Falu: Hulululu Bus Favoriting / Falu's Bazaar (1:55:02 Pop-up)

Campbell Brothers: Hell No! Heaven Yes! Favoriting / Beyond the Four Walls / APO (2:04:22 Pop-up)

Campbell Brothers: A Change Is Gonna Come Favoriting / Can You Feel It / Rope-a-Dope (2:07:43 Pop-up)

Paquito D'Rivera: Manteca Favoriting / Why Not! / Columbia (2:15:18 Pop-up)
GIG: Friday Oct 26: The Music of Billy Strayhorn: Paquito D'Rivera & John di Martino @ Flushing Town Hall

Teddy Wilson: Big Apple Favoriting / Classic Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942 / Mosaic (2:25:30 Pop-up)

Teddy Wilson: Big Apple (Alternate Take) Favoriting / Classic Teddy Wilson Sessions 1934-1942 / Mosaic (2:31:54 Pop-up)

Zikrayat: Ba3eed 3annak Favoriting / Live at Golden Festival 2018 (2:37:45 Pop-up)
In WFMU's Free Music Archive

Sami Abu Shumays: Adulab Favoriting / Live in WFMU Studio A (2:46:22 Pop-up)

La Patronal: Mix Camaron Favoriting / La Patronal (2:53:03 Pop-up)
GIG: Friday night (Sept 14) @ Flushing Town Hall

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

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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.

Listener comments!

Avatar 🌍 6:02pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar 6:06pm Blues Mandinga:

Greetings Rob, from Barranquilla, Colombia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Rob W:

Greetings Blues Mandinga, Bas and all our far and not so far flung listeners!
Avatar 6:15pm Blues Mandinga:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm Rob W:

Good evening Smilty!
Avatar 🌍 6:55pm Bas NL:

I wish i was more in the neighborhood.. I'd definitely go to Flushing Town Hall for these sounds!
  7:29pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and TSP fans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Rob W:

HI Carmichael, thanks for listening!
Avatar 7:34pm TDK60:

Hola Rob & Sami. Now I know about a new venue. Diggin' the Korean segment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Rob W:

Hi and thanks TDK60!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Very reassuring that the building was restored to become such a great resource instead of getting bulldozed to put up a dollar store.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Rob W:

This is true Ken - sometimes the good guys do win!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm maestroso:

Hi Rob! Finally got to listen, ran late for tomorrow.
Avatar 8:03pm TDK60:

A lot of such great 1800s buildings were toppled in the early '70s to build ugly-box govt. buildings. I call it Nixonian architecture, but I digress.
  8:17pm yes:

Avatar 8:29pm Will in Bloomington:

did i hear them mention the shag? i didn't know the shag was that old
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Rob W:

Hi Will, yes, they did mention that too but I don't know the history!
Avatar 🌍 8:51pm Bas NL:

Avatar 🌍 8:55pm Bas NL:

Thanks Sami!
Avatar 🌍 8:59pm Bas NL:

And thanks Rob! Great show!
Avatar 9:13pm Megaroni:

Thanks TPSP and your guest for taking us around the world!
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