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Options 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   Options Various Artists: Tower Special  LVL      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
The Movers  Movers on the Way   Options Best of the Best Volume One        0:03:49 (Pop‑up)
The Anchors  Last Time   Options Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto Volume 2  Strut      0:04:18 (Pop‑up)
WITCH  Like a Chicken   Options 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   Options Emilio Santiago  CID      0:12:17 (Pop‑up)
Azymuth  Quem Tem Medo   Options Demos (1973-75) Volumes 1&2  Far Out Recordings ‎  New anthology  *   0:14:37 (Pop‑up)
Roberto de Brasov and Koby Israelite  Space Snail   Options Provokation  Chant Records    *   0:17:17 (Pop‑up)
Brian Marsella and the Modulators  C#   Options Drivetime  Chant Records    *   0:20:15 (Pop‑up)
Ferro Gaita  Ka Ta Pupa   Options Festa Fora    GIG: TONIGHT @ SOBs, 204 Varick St. - listed start time is 8 pm.    0:23:18 (Pop‑up)
Phantoms  Trouble Maker   Options Ouve Barie Ya  Joey Records      0:27:25 (Pop‑up)
Garifuna Collective  Uraga (Story)   Options Aban  Stonetree Records    *   0:38:37 (Pop‑up)
Los Pirañas  Llanero Soledeño   Options Historia Natural  Glitterbeat    *   0:43:26 (Pop‑up)
Meridian Brothers  El Gran Pájaro de los Andes   Options Salvadora Robot        0:45:27 (Pop‑up)
Los Wembler's De Iquitos  Lamento Selvatico   Options Vision de Ayahuasca  Barbés  GIG: THIS Monday night @ Le Poisson Rouge w / Combo Lulo    0:50:01 (Pop‑up)
La Pacifican Power  Tambo   Options La Pacifican Power  Borojó Music    *   0:55:40 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Duniya (Live on WFMU)   Options         1:07:07 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Interview   Options         1:11:58 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Soubour (Live on WFMU)   Options         1:18:33 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Worry (Live on WFMU)   Options         1:24:16 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  North Mali (Live on WFMU)   Options         1:30:48 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Al Hassidi Terei (Live on WFMU)   Options         1:35:08 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues  Time To Go Home   Options Time To Go Home    Lyrics by Will Oldham  *   1:43:41 (Pop‑up)
Songhoy Blues w/ Iggy Pop  Sahara   Options Résistance  Fat Possom      1:47:34 (Pop‑up)
Tinariwen  Zawal (Noura Mint Seymali, Jeich Ould Chighaly and Warren Ellis)   Options Amadjar  Anti/Epitaph  GIG: TONIGHT @ Webster Hall!  *   1:54:53 (Pop‑up)
Afous d'Afous  Tenere   Options Tenere  Sahel Sounds      1:58:27 (Pop‑up)
Les Filles de Illighadad  Eghass Malan   Options Eghass Malan  Sahel Sounds  GIG: Tuesday Night, October 15th @ Pioneer Works    2:02:48 (Pop‑up)
Harouna Samake  Vous Savez   Options Kamale Blues  One World      2:07:14 (Pop‑up)
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou  Moulon Devia   Options Various Artists: African Scream Contest 2  Analog Africa      2:12:33 (Pop‑up)
Masoud Rezaei  Screaming In Tranquility   Options Until      *   2:27:08 (Pop‑up)
Baba Zula  Haller Yollar (Ways & Circumstances)   Options Derin Derin  Glitterbeat    *   2:33:09 (Pop‑up)
Kayhan Kalhor  Dawn III: Kayhan's Chahar   Options         2:39:13 (Pop‑up)
Vasen  Elsa   Options 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   Options 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)   Options 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 chresti:

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 Smilty69:

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 maestroso:

Good evening Rob! I get to hear the whole show this time.
  6:25pm tak:

!!! 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 austin:

wow song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Smilty69:

Los Wemblers got me moving alright
  7:08pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and trannies.
  7:12pm choggie:

this here Africans Blues makes me want to get up and shimmy
  7:18pm choggie:

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
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm chresti:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:44pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

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

greetings Rob and transpacific folk
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Scraps:

hey h’lo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Scraps:

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

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

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

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

'lo Scraps
  8:03pm Carmichael:

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

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

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 coelacanth∅:

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 chresti:

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 chresti:

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

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

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...
  8:41pm ignatatus666:

Awesome seriously awesome
That live band was hot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Scraps:

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

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm chresti:

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

Lovely song, Myoatuuli! Beautiful record.
Avatar 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! And thanks to Songhoy Blues!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

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