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Saturday, January 5, 2019 Options
Transpacific / Transglobal 2018 Hit Parade

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This Week's Playlist:

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Unknown: Kung Hei Fat Choy (Prosperity Song) Options (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Gaye Su Akyol: Bir Yarali Kustum Options / Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir / Glitterbeat (0:04:08 Pop‑up)

Fatoumata Diawara: Kokoro Options / Fenfo (Something To Say) (0:09:00 Pop‑up)
Grammy nominated for best world music album of 2018

Dobet Gnahoré: Akissi La Rebelle Options / Miziki / Café de la Danse (0:12:42 Pop‑up)

BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness): Nobody Knows Options / Emakhosini (0:16:07 Pop‑up)
GIG: TONIGHT @ Drom as part of Secret Planet APAP showcase w/ many other artists; TOMORROW night @ Copacabana as part of globalFEST, also a multi-artist showcase

SANS: Kulkija - The Walking Song Options / Kulku / Cloud Valley / * (0:22:37 Pop‑up)
The lyrics muse about emigrated from Finland to the US

Solju : Irgeávnnas Options / Ođđa áigodat / Bafe's Factory (0:26:29 Pop‑up)

Vigüela : El ramo / Palillo verde / Allá en La Habana (The Bouquet / Little Green Stick / Over there in Havana) Options / A Tiempo Real / ARC Music / * (0:29:26 Pop‑up)

Samurai Accordion: Gernika Options / TE / Visage Music (0:31:34 Pop‑up)

Kapela Maliszów: Wiejski Dżez Options / Wiejski Dżez / Unzipped Fly Records (0:38:15 Pop‑up)

WoWaKin: Jazwiec Options / Kraj Za Miastem / WoWaKin (0:42:02 Pop‑up)

Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani: Shâbâsh Options / Delâshena / Buda Musique (0:47:46 Pop‑up)

Efrén López, Stelios Petrakis, Bijan Chemirani: Stelios' Pentozalis Options / Taos / Buda Musique (0:50:12 Pop‑up)

Baul Meets Saz : Djad Galo Options / Baul Meets Saz / Seyir Muzik (0:53:24 Pop‑up)

Anandi: Maya's Dream (Kalavati) Options / Joys Abound / Riverboat (0:59:25 Pop‑up)

Monsieur Doumani: Thorn of the Cactus Options / Angathin / Monsieur Doumani (1:06:59 Pop‑up)

El Naán : Agapito groove Options / La Danza de las Semillas / Autoeditado (1:11:10 Pop‑up)

Orquesta Akokán: Cuidado con el Tumbador Options / Orquesta Akokán / Daptone (1:16:19 Pop‑up)
GIG: TOMORROW night (Sun Jan 6) @ Copacabana as part of globalFEST, the annual multi-artist showcase / the album is nominated for a Grammy for best Tropical record of 2018

Sonido Gallo Negro: Mambo Egipcio Options / Mambo Cósmico / Glitterbeat Records (1:20:28 Pop‑up)

Damily: Malay Nama Options / Valimbilo / Bongo Joe (1:23:08 Pop‑up)
Vocals by Rakapo. From the album commentary: The album shall be named Valimbilo. Bilo is a disease which strikes one’s mental health, depression is what western societies call it. When one is diagnosed with « voany bilo », a precise medical treatment is engaged and performed without doctors, nor medicine. To vanquish bilo, one has to use music. The sorcerer solely decides upon the “good” day (the day which gathers the most positive aspects of the astrological conjuncture) to operate: the extended family hosts a ceremony ruled by many taboos, which can last up to a few days, and in which only one remedy is applied in high dosage : some Tsapiky. They are “doctor” musicians whom talent is source of the cure...

Gabacho Maroc: Amara Moussaoui Options / Tawassol / Les Arts Alliés (1:35:17 Pop‑up)

Ammar 808: Sidi Kommi Options / Maghreb United / Glitterbeat (1:39:45 Pop‑up)
Featuring Mehdi Nassouli, young Gnawa singer

47 Soul: Moved Around Options / Balfron Promise / Cooking Vinyl / * (1:43:32 Pop‑up)
GIG: TOMORROW night (Sun Jan 6) @ Copacabana as part of globalFEST, the annual multi-artist showcase

TootArd: Sahra Options / Laissez Passer / Glitterbeat (1:47:51 Pop‑up)

Djénéba et Fousco: Hakilima Options / Kayeba Khasso / Lusafrica (1:53:05 Pop‑up)
Djénéba Kouyaté and Fousseyni ‘Fousco’ Sissoko, a husband and wife duo originally from the Kayes region of Mali

Delgres: Mo Jodi Options / Mo Jodi / PIAS (1:57:29 Pop‑up)

Samba Touré: Mana Yero Koy Options / Wande / Glitterbeat (2:00:33 Pop‑up)

Mdou Moctar: Jagwa Options / Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai OST / Sahel Sounds (2:10:14 Pop‑up)
GIG: TONIGHT @ Drom as part of Secret Planet APAP showcase w/ many other artists

Bombino: Takamba Options / Deran / Nonesuch (2:13:46 Pop‑up)
GIG: Le Poisson Rouge, March 20th. Deran is Grammy nominated for best world music album of 2018.

Toko Telo: Zay Gny Raha Options / Diavola / Anio Records / * (2:18:01 Pop‑up)
From the repertoire of D'Gary, a member of the trio Toko Telo - originally on his Horombe album, 1995

Malagasy Guitar Masters: Sarombaho Options / Volo Hazo / Buda Musique (2:20:44 Pop‑up)

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana: Nordest Options / Argento / Visage Music (2:25:37 Pop‑up)

Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő​: Seven Options / Szikra / Vetnasj Records (2:29:18 Pop‑up)

The Turbans: Madhavski Horo Options / The Turbans / Six Degrees (2:34:40 Pop‑up)

Saeid Shanbehzadeh, Rostam Mirlashari & Naghib Shanbehzadeh: Jazz Bandari Options / Pour-Afrigha / Buda Musique (2:40:50 Pop‑up)

Moonlight Benjamin: Moso Moso Options / Siltane / Ma Case (2:46:23 Pop‑up)

Angélique Kidjo: Once In A Lifetime Options / Remain in Light / Kravenworks (2:50:02 Pop‑up)
GIG: Angelique Kidjo's Remain in Light @ McCarter Theatre, Princeton NJ, Friday, 12 April

Son Palenque: Pacuapa Options / Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia / Palenque (2:55:44 Pop‑up)

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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.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety and well-being.

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 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Bas NL:

Good evening Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm Rob W:

Good evening Bas and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm chresti:

Hello Transpacific Sound Paradise! Happy New Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Rob W:

Happy New Year chresti and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Bas NL:

Best wishes for 2019 all!
Avatar 6:12pm TDK60:

Happy New Yeah Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm Smilty69:

Feliz Año Nuevo, Rob and friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Let's make Earth great again and have a MEGA-2019! Hi, Rob and everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

yes! digging it.
Avatar 6:48pm slugluv1313:

Good Evening, Rob and everyone -- Happy New Year and YES! what Ken From Hyde Park said :)
Avatar 6:53pm TDK60:

Lift an eggnog to people crossing all longitudes and latitudes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm steveo:

Hi. This music sounds very good to me. I am very happy to be listening to it, and very happy that my children are here with me to also listen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Rob W:

Thanks and / or agreed - steveo, TKD60, slugluv, GrannyST, Smilty, KHP and everyone!
Avatar 7:28pm tak:

biló biló
Avatar 7:37pm dale:

watched that episode last night - how was it interactive? could I control the choices the character made?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Rob W:

Dale - yes - you could control the choices but it only works on certain platforms - see
Avatar 7:44pm dale:

ah - no options on roku.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm steveo:

After I commented earlier, we sat down to dinner and I asked everyone what kind of music they thought we were listening to, and without missing a beat my 8 year old said, "the good kind."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Rob W:

That's very sweet steveo, thanks for sharing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm steveo:

Thanks for the show! We are often listening but not always commenting.
Avatar 8:04pm TDK60:

is that acoustic guitar a sample...(Donovan- Hey Gyp)? coincidence?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Rob W:

I don't think Samba Toure uses samples TDK60 but he could have picked up that riff somewhere...
Avatar 8:13pm TDK60:

check out the Donovan tune! first few chords..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Rob W:

Thanks TDK60, that could be a segue of the future!
Avatar 8:26pm TDK60:

..will listen to the archive later and compare, run a scientific analysis..
Avatar 8:53pm TDK60:

..saw Angélique K. perform this live last summer.
Avatar 8:56pm slugluv1313:

ah! i like that cure for disease/depression as expressed by Damily!
(ok, i know, sometimes medicines and/or therapy are really are *needed* -- but one can never underestimate the curative powers of music, dancing, any sort of physical exercise, etc.)
Avatar 8:56pm TDK60:

..great show, thanks again Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Rob W:

She always puts on a really fun show. Thanks and good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Powerful medicine, indeed. Thanks, Rob.
Avatar 8:59pm slugluv1313:

thanks again for another wonderful show, Rob -- have a fantastic week!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Excellent show!
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