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Saturday, September 22, 2018 Favoriting
Carmen Marsico of Newpoli: Dynamic New Directions in Italian Roots Music

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Boston-based Newpoli brilliantly re-imagines the lively tarantella and other sounds of Southern Italy and around the Mediterranean.

UK world music magazine Songlines calls Newpoli "A brilliant outfit...who grab southern Italian traditional music by the neck and recast it in a dramatic style."

The band celebrates the release of an excellent new album of traditional and original songs, Mediterraneo, with a big show as part of the New York Gypsy Festival at Drom, 85 Avenue A in the East Village on Friday night October 5th at 9 pm.

Newpoli's Carmen Marsico joins us to introduce the album and contrast and compare some of the traditional source songs with Newpoli's inventive re-imaginings.

Photos of Newpoli by Liz Linder Photography.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY TONIGHT to see Delgres perform this Tuesday night (September 25th) at 9:30 pm at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. (at the Public Theatre) near Astor Place in lower Manhattan.

Delgres is on tour in North America to celebrate the release of an excellent new album, Mo Jodi, on the Jazz Village label.

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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 are available.) Deadline to enter is tonight (Saturday) at midnight. Winners will be notified on Monday.

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From the event web page

When Napoleon reinstated slavery in the Caribbean Island of Guadalupe in 1802 many people were exiled or fled, some of which went to New Orleans. It is from this perspective that Delgres, made up of Pascal Danae, Rafgee and Baptiste Brondy, revisits the blended songs, dances and tears of the long-lost, drifting souls of New-Orleans. The powerful trio - a musical missing link between French, caribbean and US cultures - was formed by Pascal Danaë, Baptiste Brondy and Rafgee in 2015. That same year Delgres was awarded Best World Music Album at the Victoires de la musique (French “Grammy“ awards). Delgres’ sound is soaked in blues. though urban and open to the world, and sounds somewhere between Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen and the Black keys.

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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. (Two pairs of tickets are available for. Deadline to enter is Sunday night at midnight. Winners will be notified on Monday.

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Lyda Zamora: Bule Bule Ye Ye Favoriting / 7" / Estudio 15 (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Dolores Vargas: Maria Lisi Favoriting / Anana Funk Hip 1970-1975 / Pharaway Sounds (0:02:52 Pop-up)

El Noy: El Loco Favoriting / Various Artists: Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm Of Gipsy Rhumba In Spain 1965-74 / Soul Jazz Records (0:06:34 Pop-up)

Gipsy Kings: Bem Bem Maria Favoriting / Rare and Unplugged / Cdvd (0:10:03 Pop-up)
GIGs: Tomorrow night at NJPAC Newark, Friday night @ Beacon Theater

Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan: Bhapang / Jindagi Guzari Intazari Mai (I Spent My Life Waiting for Love) Favoriting / From Rajasthan / ARC Music (0:15:55 Pop-up)
GIG: Wednesday, 26 September @ Bergen PAC, Englewood NJ

Cemîl Qoçgirî: Running Free Favoriting / Bêdawîtî
GIG: Performing with Aynur, Salman Gambarov and Kinan Asmeh Sunday night Sept 30th at 7 pm at the New School - John L. Tishman Auditorium 63 Fifth Avenue (presented by World Music Institute)

Kayhan Kalhor, Aynur, Cemîl Qoçgirî & Salman Gambarov: Malan Barkir-Bêrîvanê Favoriting / Hawniyaz / Harmonia Mundi (0:25:49 Pop-up)
GIG: Sunday night Sept 30th at 7 pm at the New School - John L. Tishman Auditorium 63 Fifth Avenue - all except Kalhor who is replaced by Kinan Asmeh for this concert

Arooj Aftab: Aey Na Balam Favoriting / Bird Under Water (0:31:30 Pop-up)
GIG: Tomorrow night (Sun Sept 23): Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen St., 8:15 pm

Ann O'aro: Lo Shien Favoriting / Ann O'aro / Cobalt (0:37:05 Pop-up)

Delgres: Ramene Mwen Favoriting / Mo Jodi / Jazz Village / * (0:45:04 Pop-up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: We're giving away tickets to see Delgres Tuesday night at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. 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 are available.) Deadline to enter is tonight at midnight. Winners will be notified on Monday.

Angelique Kidjo: Born Under Punches Favoriting / Remain in Light / * (0:52:25 Pop-up)
GIG: Thursday night at 7 at Central Park Summerstage (Rumsey Playfield) - FREE although donations are encouraged

Quantic y los Miticos del Ritmo: Hotline Bling Favoriting / Hotline Cumbia (Single) / Tru Thoughts / * (0:56:29 Pop-up)

Newpoli: Mediterraneo Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (1:11:07 Pop-up)
GIG: Friday October 5th, 9pm at Drom, 85 Ave A in the East Village

Newpoli: Lagreme Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (1:18:53 Pop-up)

Village Singer: Me ne vogghje scenni ’n fintanella Favoriting / Musiche tradizionali in Basilicata: Le registrazioni di Diego Carpitella ed Ernesto De Martino (1952) / Squi[Libri] (1:26:47 Pop-up)

Newpoli: Me ne vogghje scenni ’n fintanella Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (1:28:57 Pop-up)

Village Singers: (Track 28) Favoriting / Various Artists: Canti all'Atale (1:40:32 Pop-up)

Village Singer: Tarantella Favoriting / Musiche tradizionali in Basilicata: Le registrazioni di Diego Carpitella ed Ernesto De Martino (1952) / Squi[Libri] (1:42:11 Pop-up)

Newpoli: Tarantella Avernetella Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (1:43:23 Pop-up)

Annunziata Pagliara, Fernanda Fiorentino, Francesco Miglietta & Franchina Lorfei: Lu Poveru Vicenzino Favoriting / Le Tradizioni Musicali in Puglia Vol. 6 / Taranta (1:51:55 Pop-up)

Newpoli: Lu Poveru Vicenzino Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (1:54:13 Pop-up)

Village Singers: Iere Sera Favoriting / Various Artists: Canti all'Atale (2:03:19 Pop-up)

Newpoli: Iere Sera Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (2:05:21 Pop-up)

Antonio Castrignanò: Lu Sule Calau Favoriting / Mara la Fatìa / Felmay (2:14:04 Pop-up)

Frifot: Höst eller vår Favoriting / Flyt / Amigo (2:18:49 Pop-up)

Redi Hasa and Maria Mazzotta: Ederlezi Favoriting / Ura / Felmay (2:21:43 Pop-up)

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Aremu an me 'gapa' Favoriting / Pizzica Indiavolata / Ponderosa (2:27:12 Pop-up)

Massimiliano Morabito: Taranta di Lizzano Favoriting / Sende na rionette sunà / Squi[Libri] (2:30:46 Pop-up)

Newpoli: So' emigrant' Favoriting / Mediterraneo / * (2:38:06 Pop-up)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio: Conception Favoriting / Ragas Live Retrospective 2011-2017 (2:42:41 Pop-up)
RELATED GIGS: Album release party TONIGHT until midnight at Art Cafe in Brooklyn with Karuna Trio / Arun Ramamurthy Trio plays tomorrow afternoon at 2 at Storm King Arts Center (presented by World Music Institute) / Ragas Live Marathon is Sat Oct 6 5 pm to Sun Oct 7 5 pm at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brookllyn; Highlights include the Ritual Ensemble (Vijay Iyer, Rajna Swaminathan, Yosvany Terry, Ganavya); Max ZT and Karsh Kale; Mitali Bhawmik; Navatman Music Collective & Bulgarian Voices Trio; and Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Coltrane Raga Tribute.

Celso Piña y su Ronda Bogotá: Viviendo en Sueños Favoriting / Barrio Bravo / MCA (2:52:20 Pop-up)
GIG: Caifanes, Celso Piña, El Gran Silencio, Genitallica and more: Boomfest @ NY, Bronx Expo Center, starting noon tomorrow (Sun Sept 23)

Lemon Bucket Orchestra: Soldat Favoriting / If I Had the Strength / * (2:56:11 Pop-up)
GIG: NY Gypsy Festival presents Lemon Bucket Orkestra Album Release Party @ Drom, Wed Sept 26, 7 pm

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see

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 🎸 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hello Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas and everyone!
Avatar 6:30pm sispus:

aynur's sound is excellent! never listened this kurdish record before, thanks.
Avatar 6:31pm sispus:

aynur's voice, I mean. also the sound :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm Rob W:

I'm glad you liked that Sispus! I'm looking forward to seeing her NY concert next week.
Avatar 🎸 6:34pm slugluv1313:

Good Evening, Rob and everyone!
happy to be home and able to listen LIVE :)
loving the Gypsy vibe! my Mom's birthday is on 9/24 (she would have been 93); she was ALWAYS so proud of her Gypsy heritage (she had no problem with the word "Gypsy" -- did not see it as an insult or anything -- but totally understood why some preferred the term "Roma")
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm Rob W:

Good evening slugluv!
Avatar 6:39pm sispus:

Enjoy it, Rob. I had the opportunity to make an interview with her in Istanbul years ago. She herself is also a very sweet person :)
Avatar 6:44pm sispus:

(Sorry for my poor english, by the way) Interview was for an academic work, but it turned to a pleasant conversation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Rob W:

Very interesting sispus. And don't worry, your English is excellent!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm maestroso:

Digging these sounds Rob! Got to listen from the beginning for a change.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Rob Weisberg:

Good evening Maestroso!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:26pm maestroso:

This is beautiful.
Avatar 🎸 7:28pm slugluv1313:

yes! so gorgeous!!
Avatar 7:56pm TDK60:

Hi Rob. Wow, unfamiliar with this Italian music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Rob W:

Well there's always something new (or old) under the sun TDK60!
Avatar 8:07pm TDK60:

Didn't know there's Italian music influenced by Arabic sounds, but come to think of it, they are across the sea from each other.
Avatar 🎸 8:08pm slugluv1313:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Rob Weisberg:

There are historical connections TDK60 and Newpoli kinda refers to that in some of their songs. But they also bring in influences from around the Mediterranean and beyond that aren't necessarily just as part of their broader sound, as suggested by the title of their new album, Mediterraneo. Newpoli is based in Boston actually but there are groups in Italy that also are creating a similar kind of pan-Mediterranean sound.
Avatar 8:21pm TDK60:

Thanks for explaining DJ RW. Pan-mediterranea!- from Catalans to Corsicans to Greeks to Lebanese to Cypriots to Algerians, on and on...
  8:23pm JakeGould:

what TDK60 expresses is why I like this show. In the Western world genres are really often pigeonholed and focused on only a small slice of that genre. So one thinks “That’s all there is!” But there is a genuine massive swath of art and music outside of the Western world most people are not exposed to. More power to the crate diggers outside of the U.S. and the U.K.
Avatar 8:26pm Megaroni:

Brava belledonne! Happy full moon TPSP!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks everyone!
  8:50pm Steve:

Hope to see you at Angelique Kidjo Thursday
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:52pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob and Thanks Carmen! (i know, i didn't say hi. hi!)
  8:54pm el Garee le Bee~:

Another fine show. Appreciate the "World Covers! mix CD as a premium. Great group tonight. They need to play in the "deep" south. It's a big world isn't it. 'Just over the hill and a river is a different sound'. Much love.
Avatar 🎸 8:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
  9:01pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks el Garee le Bee~, much love to you and everyone, have a good one!
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