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Saturday, March 30, 2019 Options
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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Songhoy Blues with Iggy Pop: Sahara Options / Resistance / Fat Possom (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
GIGs: April 10, 17, 24 @ Baby's All Right

Akiko Yano: Tsugaru Tour Options / Japanese Girl / Wewantsounds (0:03:36 Pop‑up)
GIG: Thurs April 11 @ Joe's Pub

Mulatu Astatke: The Panther Options / Afro-Latin Soul / Strut Records / * (0:09:10 Pop‑up)
(Album is a new reissue) GIG: Le Poisson Rouge, Fri, May 17, 8pm – 11pm

Joe Bataan: Charangaringa Options / Saint Latin's Day Massacre / Fania (0:11:15 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sat May 8, 4 pm @ El Museo del Barrio (FREE)

Spanglish Fly: Esta Tierra Options / New York Boogaloo (0:17:06 Pop‑up)
GIG: Frank London's Mini-Klezmer All Stars + Spanglish Fly: Global Mash-Up - Latin Boogaloo Meets Klezmer. Sat night, April 6 at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens

Battle of Santiago: Se Me Complica Options / La Migra (0:20:04 Pop‑up)
GIG: NuBlu Classic, 62 Ave C, Sunday night April 7

Combo Chimbita: Testigo Options / Ahomale / * (0:24:43 Pop‑up)
GIG: Elsewhere, Brooklyn, Sat Night May 4

Natu Camara: Arabama Di Options / Dimedia (0:29:48 Pop‑up)
GIG: Fri night April 26, album release at SOBs, 204 Varick st lower Manhattan

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town: Fire Fire Options / Live at Small World Music Festival, Toronto (0:40:15 Pop‑up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: We're giving away two pairs of tickets to see Calypso Rose with Kobo Town Friday night (April 5th) at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., in a show presented by World Music Institute. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show OR our other giveaway tonight Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second choice among the two concerts available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday.

Emeline Michel: Timoune Options / Quintessence (0:45:31 Pop‑up)
GIG: Emeline Michel with Mikaben @ Symphony Space, presented by World Music Institute, Saturday night May 25th

Leyla McCalla: Lavi Vye Neg Options / The Capitalist Blues / * (0:49:21 Pop‑up)
GIG: Thu, April 4, 7:30 pm, FREE @ Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium (get there early to make sure you can gain entry before the venue reaches capacity)

Moonlight Benjamin: Doux Pays Options / Siltane (0:52:30 Pop‑up)
GIG: Thu, April 25, 7:30 pm, FREE @ Lincoln Center Rubenstein Atrium (get there early to make sure you can gain entry before the venue reaches capacity)

Xylouris-White: Short Rhapsody Options / Black Peak (0:56:05 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Joe's Pub, Thursday, April 18 Doors at 6:00 pm Show at 7 pm and Friday, April 19 Doors at 9:00 pm Show at 9:30 pm

Kronos Quartet & Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat: Misled Fate Options / Placeless / Valley Entertainment / Kirkelig Kulturverksted / * (1:07:32 Pop‑up)
GIG: Kronos Quartet performs live along with the documentary film about Kronos, A Thousand Thoughts, Thursday night April 25th at the Town Hall in midtown Manhattan.

Iberi Choir: Imeruli Naduri. (Imeretian labor song) Options / First (1:10:14 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Joe's Pub Wed night April 3rd at 7; also a free show at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in upper Manhattan Sun night April 7 at 5 pm

Le Vent du Nord: Louisbourg Options / Territoires / * (1:13:04 Pop‑up)
Littlefield, 635 Sackett St, Brooklyn, Wed night May 15 (presented by World Music Institute)

Mari Kalkun: Linnaitk (City Lament) Options / Ilmamõtsan (1:16:05 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Tuesday night May 14 (FREE) @ Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan and Wed night May 15 (as part of Roots and Ruckus) @ Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar, Ornette Coleman: Jnuin Options / Various Artists: The Road to Jajouka: A Benefit Album (1:20:17 Pop‑up)
GIG: TONIGHT, Bachir & Mustapha Attar (of The Master Musicians Of Jajouka) with Ned Rothenberg, Arrington De Dionysio & Ben Bennett @ Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Anda Union: Dericha Options / Wind Horse (1:33:07 Pop‑up)
GIG: TONIGHT @ 8 pm @ Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th St, Manhattan (presented by World Music Institute)

Ahmet Aslan: Veyvé Mılaketu Options / Meleklerin Dansı (1:38:09 Pop‑up)
GIG: TOMORROW night (Mar 31, Sun) 7 pm @ Drom, 85 Ave A

Zakir Hussain: Tabla Taal Ek Taal (featuring Alla Rakha) Options / Rough Guide to Zakir Hussain (1:42:08 Pop‑up)
GIG: Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion Wed, April 24, 7:30 pm @ The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St in Manhattan (presented by World Music Institute)

Amjad Ali Khan: Swar Samir (with Scottish Chamber Orchestra) Options / Samaagam (1:49:32 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Friday, April 5, 2019 8:00 PM Sunday, April 7, 2019 3:00 PM w/ NJSO @ NJPAC, Sat April 6 w/ NJSO @ State Theatre in New Brunswick

Wajde Ayoub: Poem of Kamal Qubaisi Options (1:52:38 Pop‑up)
GIG: TOMORROW night (Mar 31, Sun): Takht al-Nagham, Wajde Ayub, Tarab Ensemble, Nano Raies: Brooklyn Maqam First Anniversary Concert @ Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Forshpil: Meydl In Di Yorn Options / Forshpil (2:01:55 Pop‑up)
GIG: Forshpil w/ Sasha Lurje and Ilya Shneyveys + The German Goldenshteyn Memorial Orchestra w/Alex Kontorovich: NY Klezmer Series @ Town & Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, Thurs night, April 4th

Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő: Rüzgarla Options / Szikra (2:09:08 Pop‑up)
GIG: Söndörgő presented by World Music Institute @ Drom Saturday night, April 20th @ Drom, 85 Ave. A in the East Village

Lemon Bucket Orchestra: Goodbye Options / If I Had the Strength / Six Degrees / * (2:15:17 Pop‑up)
GIG: Lemon Bucket Orchestra + Kakande: Global Mash-Up - Global Mashup: Balkan Meets West Africa. Sat night, May 4 at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens

Džambo Aguševi Orkestar: Dzambova Pletenka Options / Brass - Like it Hot / ARC Music (2:18:46 Pop‑up)
GIG: Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, Sun night, May 12th

Ukrainian Village Voices: Our Mother Was at the Bazaar Options / Ukrainian Village Voices / * (2:28:16 Pop‑up)
GIG: Performing along with MANY other artists, workshops etc. as part of Brooklyn Festival, St Ann's Church, April 5-7 (Fri-Sun with daytime events during the weekend)

Safaafir: El Leyla Hilwa Options / Maqams of Baghdad (2:29:58 Pop‑up)
Safaafir with Hamid Al-Saadi, great Iraqi / Bagdad Maqam singer @ Met Museum, Fri April 12 @ 5-8 pm (Great Balcony Cafe), Sat April 13 3-5 (Assyrian Court) and 5-8 pm (Great Balcony Cafe)

Sona Jobarteh: Mali Ni Ce Options / Fasiya (2:33:57 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sona Jobarteh @ Symphony Space (Presented by World Music Institute) Sun, June 23, 8 pm

Baaba Maal: Fulani Rock Options / The Traveller / Palm (2:42:17 Pop‑up)
GIG: Baaba Maal with Steven Bernstein & the Town Hall Ensemble @ Town Hall, Sat night May 4

Debhashish Bhattacharya: Gypsy Anandi Options / Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey (2:47:37 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Sat-Sun May 18-19 8 pm to 5 am @ Society for Ethical Culture as part of the all night Indian Classical Concert + Sun night May 19 @ Drom

Mariza: Verde Vinao Options (2:54:48 Pop‑up)
GIG: Town Hall, Wed night May 1

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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 6:17pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Rob and pals. Nice to play the show outside for a change. Happy that spring is here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm chresti:

Hello from California
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:30pm Rob W:

Greetings Chresti, KHP and everyone! This week's show has a local angle although a lot of the artists I play may be coming your way too (depending on where you may be dear listeners) - for example Combo Chimbita will be in LA and SF mid-May as part of an extensive album release tour...
  6:48pm Carmichael:

Ditto from California.
Avatar 6:57pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob! Hi friends!
Avatar 6:59pm TDK60:

Hello TSPers...
Avatar 7:02pm Bas NL:

About time Mr. Xylouris and Mr. White join the European continent again..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm maestroso:

Le Vent Du Nord! Great band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Granny Spicy Tuna:

like, hi, from California, too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm chresti:

Like, wow
  7:22pm Carmichael:

Heya Bas and Granny.
Avatar 7:31pm хtina:

great show concept!
Avatar 7:36pm TDK60:

..saw Le Vent du Nord last summer. rousing fun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Rob W:

Thanks хtina, thanks for the scene report TDK60 and greetings everyone I've missed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Cool Runnings:

Very nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Rob W:

Thanks Cool Runnings!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm radioronan:

Wow, so many great gigs to get out and see in the next 2 months. We are spoiled in NYC. Thanks for highlighting, Rob. And thanks for always keeping us up to date with the calendar!
Avatar 8:20pm northguineahills:

Been here since Zakir Hussain, wow!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm Ken From Hyde Park:

If Lemon Bucket Orchestra can't perform live on this show, they are welcome to visit Dance With Me, Stanley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Megaroni:

Around the world with TPSP! Great show tonite, thanks Rob
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Rob W:

Thanks Megaroni and everyone!
  8:40pm Carmichael:

He he Ken. I still remember the best cover of These Boots are Made for Walking EVER.
  8:51pm fullmetalmonkey+BermudaSchwartz:

Great show tonight Rob :)
Avatar 8:55pm northguineahills:

Thanks, Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone, have a great Sat night and Sunday and stay tuned for Marty McSorley!
Avatar 9:01pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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