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Favoriting September 21, 2019: The Electrifying Sound of Mali's Songhoy Blues

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Mali’s Songhoy Blues are one of West Africa’s most rocking bands. They’ve caught the ears of folks like Iggy Pop, a guest on their sizzling 2017 LP Résistance, and Will Oldham and Femi Kuti - contributors to their new EP Meet Me in the City.

We think they’ll catch your ears live on WFMU this week - and maybe your eyes too: Their extensive North American tour starts this weekend, with a stop at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right Thursday October 24th.

Like / follow Songhoy Blues: https://www.facebook.com/SonghoyBlues/

Songhoy Blues Thursday night October 24th Baby's All Right Brooklyn show info: https://babysallright.ticketfly.com/e/songhoy-blues-64671393880/

Songhoy Blues' North American tour kicks off this weekend! Tour dates are on their home page at http://songhoyblues.com/ or at https://www.facebook.com/SonghoyBlues/app/123966167614127/

Check out Songhoy Blues' new EP Meet Me in the City on their label website, Fat Possum: https://store.fatpossum.com/products/meet-me-in-the-city-ep and their most recent album Résistance at https://store.fatpossum.com/products/resistance.

Here's a bit of background on Songhoy Blues and their roots in northern Mali:

Once among the most prominent of Mali's many ethnic groups, the Songhoy now live largely on the margins of the West African nation. Nonetheless, the Songhoy people retain a fierce pride in their history, beliefs, and traditional music. Hailing from the heart of Gao, on the banks of the Niger River, Oumar Touré and Aliou Touré grew up obsessed with hip hop, R&B, and classic rock like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They found a kindred spirit and musical brother in guitarist Garba Touré (son of Oumar Touré, long term percussionist in Ali Farka Touré's band). When growing unrest in the north of Mali forced the young men and their families to take refuge in the southern town of Bamako, they decided to turn crisis into opportunity by forming a band. They enlisted drummer Nathanial "Nat" Dembele and baptized their band Songhoy Blues in celebration of their displaced people and culture. (Text from their UK label - Transgressive Records - page. More at http://www.transgressiverecords.com/artists/detail/songhoy-blues.)

Songhoy Blues' band statement:

Songhoy Blues has always been about resistance. We started the group during a civil war, in the face of a music ban, to create something positive out of adversity, As long as we have music left in us and something to say, we’ll keep fighting each day with music as our weapon, our songs as our resistance. (From https://fatpossum.com/artists/songhoy-blues/.)

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineers Irene Trudel and Dave Satkowski!

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
The Black Five  Dekeledi   Favoriting Various Artists: Tower Special  LVL      0:00:00 (Pop-up)
The Movers  Movers on the Way   Favoriting Best of the Best Volume One        0:03:49 (Pop-up)
The Anchors  Last Time   Favoriting Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto Volume 2  Strut      0:04:18 (Pop-up)
WITCH  Like a Chicken   Favoriting We Intend To Cause Havoc!  Now Again Records  GIG: W.I.T.C.H. (featuring Emmanuel Jagari Chanda) @ The Bell House Tue, October 22, 8 pm    0:08:57 (Pop-up)
Emilio Santiago  Bananeira   Favoriting Emilio Santiago  CID      0:12:17 (Pop-up)
Azymuth  Quem Tem Medo   Favoriting Demos (1973-75) Volumes 1&2  Far Out Recordings ‎  New anthology  *   0:14:37 (Pop-up)
Roberto de Brasov and Koby Israelite  Space Snail   Favoriting Provokation  Chant Records    *   0:17:17 (Pop-up)
Brian Marsella and the Modulators  C#   Favoriting Drivetime  Chant Records    *   0:20:15 (Pop-up)
Ferro Gaita  Ka Ta Pupa   Favoriting Festa Fora    GIG: TONIGHT @ SOBs, 204 Varick St. - listed start time is 8 pm.    0:23:18 (Pop-up)
Phantoms  Trouble Maker   Favoriting Ouve Barie Ya  Joey Records      0:27:25 (Pop-up)
Garifuna Collective  Uraga (Story)   Favoriting Aban  Stonetree Records    *   0:38:37 (Pop-up)
Los Pirañas  Llanero Soledeño   Favoriting Historia Natural  Glitterbeat    *   0:43:26 (Pop-up)
Meridian Brothers  El Gran Pájaro de los Andes   Favoriting Salvadora Robot        0:45:27 (Pop-up)
Los Wembler's De Iquitos  Lamento Selvatico   Favoriting Vision de Ayahuasca  Barbés  GIG: THIS Monday night @ Le Poisson Rouge w / Combo Lulo    0:50:01 (Pop-up)
La Pacifican Power  Tambo   Favoriting La Pacifican Power  Borojó Music    *   0:55:40 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  Duniya (Live on WFMU)   Favoriting         1:07:07 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  Interview   Favoriting         1:11:58 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  Soubour (Live on WFMU)   Favoriting         1:18:33 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  Worry (Live on WFMU)   Favoriting         1:24:16 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  North Mali (Live on WFMU)   Favoriting         1:30:48 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  Al Hassidi Terei (Live on WFMU)   Favoriting         1:35:08 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues  Time To Go Home   Favoriting Time To Go Home    Lyrics by Will Oldham  *   1:43:41 (Pop-up)
Songhoy Blues w/ Iggy Pop  Sahara   Favoriting Résistance  Fat Possom      1:47:34 (Pop-up)
Tinariwen  Zawal (Noura Mint Seymali, Jeich Ould Chighaly and Warren Ellis)   Favoriting Amadjar  Anti/Epitaph  GIG: TONIGHT @ Webster Hall!  *   1:54:53 (Pop-up)
Afous d'Afous  Tenere   Favoriting Tenere  Sahel Sounds      1:58:27 (Pop-up)
Les Filles de Illighadad  Eghass Malan   Favoriting Eghass Malan  Sahel Sounds  GIG: Tuesday Night, October 15th @ Pioneer Works    2:02:48 (Pop-up)
Harouna Samake  Vous Savez   Favoriting Kamale Blues  One World      2:07:14 (Pop-up)
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou  Moulon Devia   Favoriting Various Artists: African Scream Contest 2  Analog Africa      2:12:33 (Pop-up)
Masoud Rezaei  Screaming In Tranquility   Favoriting Until      *   2:27:08 (Pop-up)
Baba Zula  Haller Yollar (Ways & Circumstances)   Favoriting Derin Derin  Glitterbeat    *   2:33:09 (Pop-up)
Kayhan Kalhor  Dawn III: Kayhan's Chahar   Favoriting         2:39:13 (Pop-up)
Vasen  Elsa   Favoriting Rule of 3    GIG / GIVEAWAY to see Vasen + Kardemimmit in a show produced by World Music Institute this Thursday night @ Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Gowanus, Brooklyn. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. I'll let you know by Monday if you're a winner. Good luck!    2:47:06 (Pop-up)
Kardemimmit  Myötätuuli - Tailwind   Favoriting Kesäyön Valo - Midnight Sun    GIG / GIVEAWAY to see Vasen + Kardemimmit in a show produced by World Music Institute this Thursday night @ Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Gowanus, Brooklyn. To get in the running for a pair of tickets to this show: Email me, Rob W, here, and please put the word "TIX" in the subject line. I'll let you know by Monday if you're a winner. Good luck!    2:49:58 (Pop-up)
Mari Boine Band  Don it galgan (Thou Shalt Not)   Favoriting Bálvvoslatjna: Room Of Worship  Antilles  GIG: Mari Boine with George Buljo @ Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. in Manhattan, Wed, October 2, 7:30 pm    2:55:13 (Pop-up)

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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see https://www.bustle.com/p/9-immigration-organizations-to-donate-to-if-you-want-to-support-daca-recipients-80757.)

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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm
Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

sometimes i walk around singing "transpacific sound PARADISE…" absentmindedly
Avatar 👻 6:04pm
Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 6:13pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Good evening, Rob and worldies. Looking forward to tonight's guests.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 6:16pm

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

Good evening folks, thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm

Good evening, Rob and friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm
Barney Grubbs:

About to drive back to LI from a kid’s soccer game in Brooklyn & listening live on the radio for once!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm

Good evening Rob! I get to hear the whole show this time.

!!! go see this!!!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm
Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

double yeah!!!!
  Swag For Life Member 6:50pm

wow song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm

Los Wemblers got me moving alright

Heya Rob and trannies.

this here Africans Blues makes me want to get up and shimmy

I have a feeling that anyone that goes to these guys live shows is going to increase the population of the planet through having babies conceived on the night of
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Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

super YEAH!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm

greetings Rob and transpacific folk
Avatar 7:50pm

hey h’lo
Avatar 7:51pm

& h’lo Mr Pop
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 7:52pm

Was not expecting to hear Iggy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm

Iggy gets around
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm

Yeah, going to the Kardemimmit / Vasen show! Much anticipation here...
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 7:56pm

'lo Scraps

Iggy? Am I on an alternate stream?
Avatar 8:05pm

It's been a fascinating show, Rob. Thank you.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:08pm

Hearing Iggy with Songhoy is akin to seeing Lurch appearing on a Star Trek episode, as far as what it does to my brain
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm

chresti have you heard his collaboration with Ofra Haza? (rest in peace) on the excellent kirya album. it works pretty well in context, because of the subject of the song.
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:23pm

I have not @coel. You're right, Iggy get's around. The only one I remember is with Death in Vegas, which works
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:28pm

Favorite musical legends or musical icons of note?
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:35pm

I am fully in favor of Iggy appearances
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:36pm

and likewise with Lurch
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:38pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Iggy was pictured on Ken's show earlier this week. www.wfmu.org...

Awesome seriously awesome
That live band was hot!
Avatar 8:42pm

h’lo chresti cheers. (I was lying down listening — prob’ly lying down very soon too!)
Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:48pm

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Avatar 👻 Swag For Life Member 8:53pm

Thanks Rob! What ignatatus666 said
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm

Lovely song, Myoatuuli! Beautiful record.
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Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! And thanks to Songhoy Blues!
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Thanks Rob!
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Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

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