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Saturday, June 22, 2019 Options
Nadah El Shazly: Adventurous Music From Cairo

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Nadah El Shazly's darkly impressionistic Arab-tinged electro-acoustic music is getting noticed. Her late 2017 debut album, Ahwar, got rave reviews. Shortly after its release, the Cairo-based composer / performer made the cover of The Wire. Her newest recording is a collaboration with adventurous international septet Karkhana, part of a split-EP called Carte Blanche.

We're thrilled to have Nadah El Shazly (vocals, electronics) on our show this week! She's joined by NY-based improvisers extraordinaire Brahja Devin Waldman (saxophone), a member of Sam Shalabi's ensemble Land of Kush who performs - along with Shalabi and other members of Land of Kush - on Nadah's album Ahwar and also leads his own ensemble, BRAHJA; and Shayna Dulberger (double bass) whose many projects include Hot Date, Dromedaries and Warrior of Light.

The spectacular video, above, for the song Mahmeya from Nadah El Shazly's album Ahwar is by Marwan Elgamal, who also did beautiful artwork for the album.

Like Nadah El Shazly on Facebook:

Nadah El Shazly's debut album Ahwar:

Karkhana's new EP with Nadah El Shazlky Carte Blanche (a split EP with Sir Richard Bishop & W.David Oliphant on the flip side):

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineers Dave Satkowski and Rob Christiansen!

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We have tickets to two quite different events: Barbès in the Woods Global Music Festival in Western Mass. Sat Aug 17, and Music of Now: Indian Classical Flute Concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall Fri night July 5.

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To get in the running for a pair of tickets to either of these events:
Email me, Rob W, here, please specify first and if possible second choice among the two offers available, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. IMPORTANT: Please note that the Barbès in the Woods tickets are for entry ONLY - transportation to the festival in Western Mass. is NOT included - more info on that below. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday.

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1 / We have two pairs of tickets are available to see Music of Now: An Indian Classical Flute Concert with Nash Naubert, Bansuri flute accompanied by Aditya Kalyanpur, Tabla, Friday night July 5th at 8 at Carnegie Hall's intimate Weill Recital Hall.

Background from the event page: For this concert of Indian classical music, bansuri flutist Nash Naubert will be joined by Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla, presenting traditional raga and original compositions. Dancer Gaysil Naubert will also perform an original Peacock dance (a ballet with Indian classical hand movements). Originally from the United States and trained in India for 20 years, Nash Naubert has performed at music festivals in India and the West, and has toured Europe, Canada, and the US.

2 / We also have one pair of tickets available to attend the Barbès in the Woods Global Music Festival, Sat Aug 17th, 12:30 pm to 11 pm at the Bartlett Farm, 27 Center St., Montague, Massachusetts. Many of the bands playing this new world music festival have played at the legendary intimate venue Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn; the lineup includes Antibalas + Combo Chimbita + Underground System + Slavic Soul Party + Anbessa Orchestra + Alsarah & The Nubatones + Stephane Wrembel + Big Lazy + Klezperanto The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are giving away tickets for Barbès in the Woods festival ENTRY ONLY (which normally cost $60 through June 30, $75 July 1 until the date of show, $85 at the gate), please note that transportation is not included unfortunately. However - the festival is running a round trip charter bus leaving steps away from Barbès at 9th St. and 6th Ave. in Park Slope, 8 am board / 8:30 am depart on Sat Aug 17th and returning late that night. If you win the tickets but want to take the chartered bus, the cost is $95 per person if you purchase your bus ticket before July 1; we're told that price may hold or may increase after July 1st. For more info on the chartered bus service see; for general festival and ticket info go to

This Week's Playlist:

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Kamal Keila: Taban Ahwak Options / Muslims and Christians / Habibi Funk (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Tlahoun Gèssèssè: Aykedashem Lebe Options / Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Ethiopian Jazz / World Music Network (0:06:36 Pop‑up)

Ruby Hen: Al Hadek Busut Hal Options / The Beautiful Songs of Tunisia, Part 2 / Zahav (0:17:14 Pop‑up)

A-WA: Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman Options / Bayti Fi Rasi (My Home is in My Head) / S-Curve Records (0:19:53 Pop‑up)
GIG: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, Sun June 30 6-10 pm (with Buika + Blick Bassy)

Retune: Bikatchu Options / Single (0:24:18 Pop‑up)

DJ Mado: Boom Boom Options / Various Artists: Electro Shaabi (0:27:10 Pop‑up)

47 Soul: Intro the Shamstep Options / Shamstep (0:29:42 Pop‑up)
GIG: Sat July 6, 7 pm @ Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell (with Oddisee & Good Compny + Narcy)

Korashy: Hob Tani Laa Options / Single (0:35:07 Pop‑up)

Al Qahwa: Blood / Iddam Options / Cairo Moon / * (0:38:23 Pop‑up)
Maryem Tollar on vocals, riqq (Arabic tambourine) and qanun (Arabic table harp); Ernie Tollar on wind instruments; Demetri Petsalakis on oud and Naghmeh Fahrahmand on percussion. Based in Toronto.

Masoud Rezaei: Tale of the Night Options / Until / Masoud Rezaei / * (0:48:52 Pop‑up)
Featuring Mohsen Namjoo, vocals

Meybahar: Abyss Options / Abyss / Fonó Budai Zeneház / * (0:54:47 Pop‑up)

Shorba: Ghaba Options / Soundcloud Single (1:05:30 Pop‑up)
Shorba = Nadah El Shazly and Mohammed Shafik

Nadah El Shazly: Interview Options (1:09:38 Pop‑up)

Nadah El Shazly with Shayna Dulberger and Brahja Devin Waldman: Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory) [Live on WFMU] Options (1:19:07 Pop‑up)

Nadah El Shazly with Shayna Dulberger and Brahja Devin Waldman: Barzakh (Limen) [Live on WFMU] Options (1:24:17 Pop‑up)

Nadah El Shazly with Shayna Dulberger and Brahja Devin Waldman: Palmyra [Live on WFMU] Options (1:33:40 Pop‑up)

Nadah El Shazly with Shayna Dulberger and Brahja Devin Waldman: Ana 'Ishiqt (I Once Loved) [Live on WFMU] Options (1:39:46 Pop‑up)

Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly: Enlevez Les Trottoirs, Je N’ai Plus Nulle Part Où Me Rendre Options / Carte Blanche / Unrock / * (1:49:18 Pop‑up)
Split six-song EP with three pieces by each ensemble; Sir Richard Bishop & David Oliphant are on the flipside

Maurice Louca: In The Palm of a Ghost (featuring Nadah El Shazly) Options / Elephantine / Northern Spy (1:53:23 Pop‑up)

Les Negresses Vertes: Zobi La Mouche Options / Mlah (2:04:27 Pop‑up)
GIG: Central Park Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, Sun June 23 6-10 pm w/ Vendredi Sur Mer

Manu Chao: Sidi H'bibi Options / Baionarena (Live) / Because Music (2:07:51 Pop‑up)

Combo Chimbita: Esto Es Real Options / Ahomale / Epitaph / * (2:18:10 Pop‑up)
GIG / GIVEAWAY: Barbes in the Woods Festival with many other band, Sat Aug 17 at Bartlett Farm, 27 Center St., Montague, Massachusetts. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this festival (note: transportation to the festival is not included) please email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line and indicate your first and if possible second choice among our two giveaways tonight. The deadline to enter is tonight at midnight; winners will be notified by Monday .

Chancha via Circuito: La Victoria featuring Lido Pimienta, Manu Ranks Options / Bienaventuranza / Wonderwheel Recordings (2:22:01 Pop‑up)

Aterciopelados: Ha Venido a Pedirte Options / Claroscura / Sony (2:25:54 Pop‑up)
GIG: Aterciopelados + Diamante Eléctrico presented by LAMC @ Central Park Summerstage, Thursday evening July 11

Locobeach: The Devil is a Charmer Options / Single (2:30:13 Pop‑up)
GIG: Tomorrow, Sun June 23 @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar Bay 9, approx. 1 pm to 5 pm. Free although if you drive you have to pay for parking! The group features Jose Luis Pardo from Los Amigos Invisibles w/ Joshua Camp and Neila Ochoa from Chicha Libre

Los Van Van: La Bola del Humo Options (2:37:37 Pop‑up)
GIG: This Wed eve June 26 @ Lincoln Center Midsummer Night Swing

Les Bantous de la Capitale: Camarade Mabe Options / Les Bantous de la Capitale 1963-1969 / African / Sonodisc (2:40:27 Pop‑up)

Sébastien Pynasco, Orchestre Black Santiago : Sadé Options / Various Artists: African Scream Contest Vol. 2: Benin 1963-1980 / Analog Africa (2:45:03 Pop‑up)

Eumir Deodato : Arranha Ceu (Skyscrapers) Options / Os Catedraticos 73 / Far Out Recordings / * (2:52:52 Pop‑up)
New Reissue

Mdou Moctar : Tartahazed Options (2:58:42 Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  6:01pm Katsuko:

hello Todd
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm chresti:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm chresti:

..or TSP, rather
  6:06pm Katsuko:

I'm reading a book about fog
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm chresti:

Fog is the best
  6:08pm Katsuko:

Better than mist?
Avatar 6:09pm TDK60:

Hello Rob and worldly pals..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Rob W:

Good evening fogsters!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Bas NL:

Great song, this by Tlahoun Gèssèssè!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, everybody. The PKs finished just in time for the show to start.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:13pm chresti:

Mist is ok
  6:14pm Katsuko:

ken meanz penalty kicks
  6:17pm Katsuko:

imaneeen allaaahuuuuuuuuuuuu
Avatar 6:17pm dale:

ofra died waaaaaaay too young im nin alu was great.
  6:17pm Katsuko:

payd in full
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Bas NL:

Yeah, that was it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yeah, the soccer match ran long this afternoon.
Avatar 6:19pm TDK60:

..who was playing Ken?
  6:19pm Katsuko:

youre a glutton 4 punishment
  6:20pm Katsuko:

he couldve been watchong peru v brazil, or venezuela v columbia (men)
  6:21pm Katsuko:

but he watched laydees instead
  6:22pm Katsuko:

bolivia , not coolmbia, sorry
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:23pm Rob Weisberg:

I'm just happy Thailand only allowed two goals in their final WWC match - a moral victory!
Avatar 6:24pm dale:

i used to hear ofra on wlir (i think it was 'lir) in 86 or 87 when it was out. time really flies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I was watching Norway & Australia. Dramatic!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm chresti:

I've never played soccer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Rob W:

There was a period where WLIR went sort of new-dance in the late 80s maybe... but they did also transform into WDRE at some point while retaining that format I think - that's when they would have played Im Nin'Alu by sadly departed Ofra Haza!
Avatar 6:33pm TDK60:

..still have my Ofra Haza LP from Shanachie Rec.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm Bas NL:

I got Im Nin'Alu on 7''.
Avatar 6:43pm dale:

i have fra haza's album that was on. plus i have a rebbie jackson 'centipede' 12 inch 45 - does that count for extra points?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Bas NL:

Definitely @dale!
Avatar 6:49pm dale:

professor dum dum gave away tickets to a metal fest that was supposed to take place up here in middletown ny. well, it moved two or three times and finnaly never happened. 3 or 4 months later i get an empty envelope in the mail from him. i finally figured out he was really a flake.
Avatar 7:22pm dale:

so this is NOT a misfits cover....
Avatar 7:22pm dale:

i like it. pretty cool....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Guido from Cologne:

Love her Debut album.
Amazing to get New York Live versions here.
Avatar 7:32pm tak:

coming to my festival in october <3
Avatar 7:32pm TDK60:

..diggin' the adventurous sounds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Rob W:

That's great tak!
Avatar 7:40pm tak:

THIS is great, thanks!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm chresti:

A festival?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm chresti:

This is a lament..
Avatar 7:49pm slugluv1313:

WOW absolutely incredible, Rob -- thank-you for bringing Nadeh El Shazly to WFMU!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Guido from Cologne:

Awesome! Love it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm chresti:

Thanks! Great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Rob W:

Thanks everyone!
Avatar 7:57pm TDK60:

It does seem surprising to me experimental musicians thrive in such a repressive environment at Cairo right now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Deep moving Musics - @ the same time very interesting & original combination of influences - & not least - very very beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm chresti:

I wonde about that @TDK60
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:29pm chresti:

He's a good "R" roller.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Cool Runnings:

This was lovely Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm chresti:

Love this, thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob and Nadah. Have a good week.
Avatar 8:52pm TDK60:

Thanks for spinnin' us round the longitudes, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm chresti:

Who's faster, Rob or Gary Sullivan?
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