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Saturday, December 8, 2018 Favoriting
Kalakan: Dynamic New Directions in Basque Music, recorded at the 2018 WOMEX World Music Expo

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Kalakan is a dynamic Basque trio from northwest France. Dynamic enough, that after being blown away by their performance at her birthday party, Madonna invited them to join her 2012 MDMA tour ensemble!

But even without Madonna's seal of approval we'd love Kalakan's distinctive blend of old and new: Ancient Basque texts, divine vocal polyphony and wildly creative percussion-driven instrumental arrangements.

Join us for Rob's exclusive visit with Kalakan - recorded at the 2018 WOMEX World Music Expo in the Canary Islands.

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Massive thanks to our illustrious engineers Sigtor Kjetså of NRK, Norway's national broadcasting service and Janko Johann of COSMO, the multi-cultural service of German broadcaster WDR, as well as to NRK host / producer Sigbjørn Nedland, and to Gaurav Narula of Piranha, the venerable German world music record label, creative content producers and producers of WOMEX.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Huellas: Me Querras Manana Favoriting / 7" / Acción (0:00:00 Pop-up)

Rumba Tres: Nata, Limon y Fantasia Favoriting / 7" / Belter (0:03:33 Pop-up)

The Chamanas: Alma Ciega Favoriting / NEA / Los Maxicos (0:10:49 Pop-up)

Saloma: Ikan Kekek Favoriting / Memori Hit / EMI (0:15:00 Pop-up)

Rudy Van Dalm and the Royal Rhythmics: Ole Ole Bandung Favoriting / Rudy Van Dalm and the Royal Rhythmics / Discount Music (0:16:53 Pop-up)

Marsada: Pulo Samosir Favoriting / Pulo Samosir / Dug Up Music (0:19:57 Pop-up)

Saloma: Lenggang Kangkong Favoriting / Semerah Padi (Film) (0:25:01 Pop-up)

Sandii: Lenggang Kangkong (Malaysia Version) Favoriting / Pictures - Very Best Of Sandii '87 - '92 / Toshiba (0:27:10 Pop-up)

Detty Kurnia: Itsuki-No Komoriuta Favoriting / Coyor Panon / Flame Tree (0:31:58 Pop-up)

Uut Salsabilla: Bajing Longcat Favoriting / Best of the Best - Koleksi Musik Tri Setiono (0:36:01 Pop-up)

Filastine & Nova: Halcyon Favoriting / Drapetomania / Drapetomania (0:41:41 Pop-up)

Haruomi Hosono (as Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band): Shambhala Signal Favoriting / Paraiso / Light in the Attic / * (0:45:38 Pop-up)
New reissue of 1978 album

Mitsoura: Le Toi Favoriting / Mitsoura / Private Release (0:49:32 Pop-up)

DJ Pai Dwai: Pai Tuktuk Dwai Favoriting / Various Artists: Bangkok Nites Original Soundtrack / Light in the Attic / * (0:53:34 Pop-up)

Bonga with Batida: Banza Remy Favoriting / Various Artists: Lusafrica 30th Anniversary Album / Lusafrica / * (0:56:24 Pop-up)

Kalakan: Interview Favoriting / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:02:49 Pop-up)

Kalakan: Ontasunik Gabe Favoriting / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:14:59 Pop-up)

Kalakan: Bortüan Ahüzki Favoriting / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:17:45 Pop-up)

Kalakan: Txori Favoriting / Recorded live @ the WOMEX EBU Radio Studio, October 2018 (1:20:57 Pop-up)

Kalakan: Txai Favoriting / Elementuak (1:28:37 Pop-up)
Instrumental featuring the definitive Basque instrument, the two-person xylophone-related txalaparta

Kalakan: Rebeleon Favoriting / Elementuak (1:31:51 Pop-up)

Kalakan: Sagarra Jo Favoriting / Elementuak (1:33:42 Pop-up)
Madonna sang this song (with Kalakan) on her 2012 tour

Kalakan & Alexander Arkhincheev: Kantuz Favoriting / Mendeala / * (1:38:00 Pop-up)
This song and the next four songs are from Kalakan's forthcoming album with Buryat (Mongolian) musician Alexander Arkhincheev (who is also leader of the cross-genre / cross-cultural band Shono). This song and the next two songs are from Kalakan's repertoire but the are joined by Arkhincheev on these versions.

Kalakan & Alexander Arkhincheev: Andria Alargune Favoriting / Mendeala / * (1:41:16 Pop-up)

Kalakan & Alexander Arkhincheev: Bereterretxen Kanthorea Favoriting / Mendeala / * (1:45:05 Pop-up)

Kalakan & Alexander Arkhincheev: Galtan Uul Favoriting / Mendeala / * (1:48:23 Pop-up)
I believe that this song and the next song are both from Alexander Arkhincheev's repertoire.

Kalakan & Alexander Arkhincheev: Izban Favoriting / Mendeala / * (1:51:50 Pop-up)

Huun Huur Tu and Carmen Rizzo: Mother Taiga (Redux) Favoriting / Koshkyn / Electrofone Music / * (2:01:06 Pop-up)

Maalem Mokhtar Gania & Bill Laswell: Toumarmania Favoriting / Tagnawwit: Holy Black Gnawa Trance / M.O.D. Technologies (2:09:11 Pop-up)

Simo Lagnawi: Mimounato Favoriting / Salt / Waulk Records (2:14:49 Pop-up)

Abana feat Lu: ÀTTØØXXÁ Favoriting / É F*DA P*RRA / Kafundó Records (2:20:16 Pop-up)

Bamba Pana Feat. Makaveli: Linga Linga Favoriting / Posa / Nyege Nyege Tapes / * (2:22:47 Pop-up)

Kondi Band: Thogolingo Dembi Na Favoriting / Salone / Strut (2:27:18 Pop-up)

Quiné: No Quiero Madre Favoriting / No Sótão da Velha / Quiné Teles / * (2:31:09 Pop-up)

Afro Celt Sound System: The Migration Medley Home - Homecoming Favoriting / Flight / ECC / * (2:35:28 Pop-up)

Flibbertigibbet: Little Roving Sailor Favoriting / Whistling Jigs to the Moon / Sommor (2:38:20 Pop-up)
New reissue (Orig. 1978)

SVER: Lille Grisen (The Little Pig) Favoriting / Reverie / * (2:40:34 Pop-up)
Touring the west coast (WA, OR, CA, BC) in January

Naragonia: Lapwings / Crossbills Favoriting / Mira / Home Records / * (2:44:47 Pop-up)

Torupulli Jussi Trio: Vene Paruski Favoriting / Mengin Nagu Taevatitt! (2:47:49 Pop-up)

Talabarte: Somasopolska Favoriting / Fake / Fol Musica (2:54:52 Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🌍 6:02pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm chresti:

  6:05pm scott:

Dude, you should play 'Alma Ciega' by The Chemanas, so good.
Avatar 6:09pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob and everyone!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

greetings, paradisians!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Rob W:

Good evening, thanks everyone for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm northguineahills:

Me encanta musica en espanol!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm northguineahills:

Making Nigerian curry rice/bouillabaisse fusion, This is the perfect sndtrk
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm Rob W:

Ooh save us some northguineahills!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm northguineahills:

I have prawns/mussels/scallops, fish broth, and veggies/chilies/herbs from my garden
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:40pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

oh this is wonderful
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

maybe not an obvious soundtrack for making latkes, but we're a multinational household here…
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm northguineahills:

Mmmmm, latkes....*droool*
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44pm Rob W:

Well Granny Spicy Tuna, let's just pretend their Perkedel Kentang... close enough!
Avatar 6:45pm slugluv1313:

ooooo Nigerian Curry Rice? sounds amazing, ngh!
btw, have been seeking out ghost peppers -- so far no luck!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

@northguineahills, i wouldn't mind a taste of that Nigerian curry, myself, let's have a potluck!
  6:46pm tak:

i know this from somewhere... a commercial?
Avatar 6:47pm slugluv1313:

Rob, the music is absolutely sublime :)
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:48pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

Avatar 6:53pm slugluv1313:

@ Granny Spice Tuna -- right?! a Transpacific Sound Paradise WFMU pot luck!
@ ngh -- ok, i have searched -- what recipe do you use for Nigerian curry rice? (if you have the chance!) i am intrigued!!!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

@slugluv1313 YES! Right now. It's a lovely dream…
Avatar 🌍 6:58pm Bas NL:

Nice selection going on Rob!
  6:58pm tak:

bonga crlllllll!!!!!
  7:00pm tak:

(it's batida tho) last time I saw bonga live he was hitting on a 70+y old woman in the audience who had gone to the same school.
Avatar 7:09pm TDK60:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm northguineahills:

@slugluv:1313: There's an an West African market/store near my office where I got the curry powder. I looked at a half dozen recipes online and put the ingredients I'd prefer in the amounts to my tastes. First time attempting. After a few times, I can cook a dish w/o a recipe....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm northguineahills:

I have to admit, I'm only familiar w/ the Basque avant-garde, I'm ignorant of Basque folk (hard to find). Thanks, Rob and our Kalakan friends! (don't know a lick of Basque, one of the more impenetrable languages.
Avatar 7:18pm slugluv1313:

@ ngh -- thank-you! will look for that curry powder in the West African shops in Jersey City and NYC :)
and *jealous*! i practically ALWAYS have to follow the recipe!
Avatar 7:35pm TDK60:

I had a Basque-American high school English teacher who made sure we knew about the uniqueness of Basque language & culture.
  7:35pm Bacalao: all the Basque you need to know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Rob W:

Well I do love Bacalao too - but of course Bacalao in Basque is bakailaoa - here's a recipe (c/o of Smithsonian folklife festival which in 2016 featured Basque culture, in fact Kalakan appeared there):
Avatar 🌍 7:39pm Bas NL:

Great introduction to Basque music to me.. Great sounds by Kalakan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm northguineahills:

I had my 39th bday at a Basque restaurant in Soho/West Village. So tasty! They also have a great flag!
Avatar 7:48pm slugluv1313:

lovely music from Kalakan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm juand66:

This is really beautiful music! Great show overall - thank you for introducing me to Kalakan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Rob W:

Thanks juand66 and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm northguineahills:

Son of Juju, it's Monday already? I must have gone into a coma, I wasn't listening to Dan Bodah the last I remember....
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

My sweetie and i are eating up the latkes almost as fast as they come out of the pan. Whatever shall i bring to the potluck?!?!?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Luisa24:

this is so beautiful I could start crying!
Avatar 8:10pm TDK60:

..ok, back down to Earth from a magic carpet ride, now let's dance..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm northguineahills:

@Granny: MOAR latkes! (I'll bring the chilies de piquan to grind y crema de mexicana.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Luisa24:

Great show btw!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Rob W:

Thanks Luisa24!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm northguineahills:

sounds jukey!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:24pm chresti:

MAN O MAN-Abana!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

This is bending my brain in a pleasing way!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm maestroso:

Afro Celt: At first I thought this was Kila.
Avatar 8:44pm Contrary Mary:

Beautiful music tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm katie:

Why aren't they touring here?
  8:47pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob, great set! I don’t know that Afro Celt is still a group. Dave House has been touring solo lately.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Rob W:

Katie - yeah, the upper midwest and the west coast seem to get the Scandinavian roots bands - they skip us! And yes - Afro Celt is back at it Carmichael!
  8:52pm Carmichael:

Great news! I saw them eons ago!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Had fun listening while at the grocery store and putting the tree up. A nice sound as always.
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar 🌍 8:58pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm хтinа:

Super fascinating hearing Kalakan do acapella Basque folk song - a gem. So interesting to hear how distinct it is from every other local language...def sent me down a linguistic rabbit hole.
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