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Options June 13, 2020:

New (and Old) Sounds From Sub-Saharan Africa

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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Al Bilali Soudan  Super   Options Tomboctou  Clermont    *   0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Abdallah Oumbadougou  Tadalt   Options Zozodinga  Original Dubmaster      0:05:50 (Pop‑up)
Russom GebreGiorghis  Birhan Getsom   Options Wey Amel        0:09:59 (Pop‑up)
Siti Muharam  Alamanidura   Options Siti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar)  On The Corner    *   0:16:44 (Pop‑up)
Fra Fra  Destiny (Orphans)   Options Funeral Songs    A trio known for singing at funerals in Northern Ghana  *   0:25:24 (Pop‑up)
Gino Sitson  Makalapati   Options Echo Chamber  Buda Musique      0:28:34 (Pop‑up)
Ray Lema  Chimères (feat. Fredy Massamba, Jocelyn Mienniel)   Options Transcendance  One Drop  With his Ray Lema Sextet on this album from 2018, his latest    0:32:35 (Pop‑up)
Dumama + Kechou  Uveni (feat. Angel Bat Dawid, Dylan Greene)   Options Buffering Juju  Mushroom Hour Half Hour    *   0:36:18 (Pop‑up)
Ssewa Ssewa  Abaseveni   Options Nva K'la  ARC Music    *   0:44:11 (Pop‑up)
Nihiloxica  Salongo   Options Kaloli  Crammed Discs    *   0:47:20 (Pop‑up)
Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur  Isouwad   Options Afropentatonism  Piranha  Pre-release - officially releases in early July  *   0:53:15 (Pop‑up)
Alogte Oho Jonas & His Sounds of Joy  Fom Se Mom   Options Mam Yinne Wa  Philophon    *   1:04:52 (Pop‑up)
Francis Bebey  Tiers Monde   Options African Electronic Music 1975-1982  Born Bad      1:08:44 (Pop‑up)
Cannibals  Tell Every Mother   Options Get Funky  MSE  Cannibals was a circa late 1970s South African band founded and led by Ray Phiri, later of the popular band Stimela (founded 1982) and also Paul Simon's Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints projects.    1:12:01 (Pop‑up)
Super Tens  Okwa Bona Yii   Options Umuzi Wempi  Beat City      1:15:48 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Haaksman and Spoek Mathambo  Akabongi   Options African Fabrics  Man Recordings  Cover of a song by the Soul Brothers    1:19:21 (Pop‑up)
Soul Brothers  Bayeza   Options Various Artists: The Kings And Queens Of Township Jive (Modern Roots Of The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto)  Earthworks  Originally on their late 80s LP Mantombazane    1:22:31 (Pop‑up)
Tau Ea Matsekha  Stimela   Options The Best of Tau Ea Matsekha  Cool Spot Music      1:25:50 (Pop‑up)
Vusa Mkhaya  Lalela   Options Umanyanyatha  ARC Music  New international release - originally released in Zimbabwe in 2016  *   1:35:30 (Pop‑up)
Fadhilee Itulya  Shombo   Options Kwetu      *   1:38:34 (Pop‑up)
Ba Cissoko  Djelia   Options Djeli  Cristal Records ‎      1:44:23 (Pop‑up)
Ibrahima Cissokho & Le Mandingue Foly  Mbading   Options Liberté Mom Sa Bop  NarRator Records     *   1:47:27 (Pop‑up)
Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyateh  Solo   Options Kairaba Jabi  Ghosts From The Basement  New reissue  *   1:52:14 (Pop‑up)
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela  Slow Bones   Options Rejoice  World Circuit    *   1:59:51 (Pop‑up)
Les Frères Smith featuring Seun Kuti  No Waiting   Options Mutation      *   2:05:14 (Pop‑up)
Edikanfo  Something Lefeh-O   Options The Pace Setters  Glitterbeat  New reissue - band from Ghana, album produced by Brian Eno and originally released on E.G. records in 1981  *   2:10:32 (Pop‑up)
Mekongo  Angona Mana   Options Mekongo Président  Disques Espérance      2:15:16 (Pop‑up)
Klody  Commandez Sans Problèmes   Options Various Artists: La Vie est Belle soundtrack  Sterns      2:19:29 (Pop‑up)
Kanda Bongo Man  Lela Lela   Options Kwassa-Kwassa  Hannibal      2:23:37 (Pop‑up)
Daddy Lumba  Nana Ye Winner - Remix   Options Appietus (Two Decades of Hiplife Hits)  Akwaaba    *   2:29:38 (Pop‑up)
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band  Okomfe Bone   Options Obiaa!  Strut      2:33:17 (Pop‑up)
Le Grand Kalle, Don Gonzalo & Manu Dibango  Africa Boogaloo   Options L'African Team        2:43:37 (Pop‑up)
Star Number One  Yaye Boy   Options Various Artists - Senegal Flash - Kaolack  Dakar Audio Diffusion      2:47:22 (Pop‑up)
Kasai All Stars  Yangye, the Evil Leopard   Options Beware the Fetish  Crammed Discs      2:54:21 (Pop‑up)

WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise denounces explicit and implicit racism; condemns the culture of white supremacy, which enables the brutalization of black people and other communities of color, and supports Black Lives Matter and the movement it stands for.

Here's a link to The Movement for Black Lives: https://m4bl.org/

Here's a link to The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/

Here's a link to Color of Change: https://colorofchange.org/

Here's a link to the NAACP's #WeAreDoneDying campaign: https://www.naacp.org/campaigns/we-are-done-dying/

Here's a link to Communities United For Police Reform: https://www.changethenypd.org/

Here is a page that lists and links to a range of anti-racism resources: http://bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES.

Here's a link to the Arts Covid Big List/ – an extensive list of Relief and Resources For Artists, Freelancers, and Non-Profits: http://artscovid.org/

New York City COVID-19 Coronavirus Resource Page for culture - artists, performers etc: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/resources/coronavirus-dcla.page.

The NEA listing of COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations is here: https://www.arts.gov/covid-19-resources-for-artists-and-arts-organizations.

Also: The Folk Artists COVID-19 Relief Fund. Right now the fund is seeking donations at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/folk-arts-relief-fund

Musical America, oriented toward classical / art music but relevant for many musicians, posted an artist relief fund resource list with links on their site a few weeks ago; you can find it at https://www.musicalamerica.com/news/newsstory.cfm?storyID=44753.

Also: BRIC has an extensive and regularly updated pandemic crisis resource list on its website with artists, performers etc. in mind but relevant for everyone. See it here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/blog/resources-artists-during-public-health-crisis.

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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!

  6:01pm johnzo:

Avatar 🎸 6:01pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
Avatar 🎸 6:02pm ParUbi:

Hi Rob, hey everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Rob W:

Good evening folks, thanks for listening!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm full metal monkey:

Hello Rob and transpacificers
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm radioronan:

Good evening Rob & global citizens of the comment board! Look forward to listening .
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm Marley P. Dogg:

Hi Rob! Hope you’re well!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:04pm full metal monkey:

@Rob. Debby and I are listening now and we just saw your other half Katie walk by. She’s lapping the neighborhood.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:05pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm chresti:

Hello Rob and sound paradisos!
Avatar 🎸 6:12pm Bas NL:

This promises to become an all round clicky show! I seriously upped my volume! :)
Avatar 🎸 6:16pm slugluv1313:

good evening, Rob and everyone!
music from Sub-Saharan Africa on this amazing almost-Summer evening -- Paradise indeed!
  6:20pm seth from muddy creek:

Great set for this amazing breezy afternoon
Avatar 6:21pm litmus0001:

Spectacular set!!!

Got any Ba Cisoko?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm JohnEBGood:

Hi Rob and FMU family. Enjoying this glorious day here in beautiful Smithville, NJ , USA. Peace : )
Avatar 6:22pm litmus0001:

Listening in the Berkshires in Western MA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm Rob W:

Ba Cissoko is possible a bit later...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, Ron! Hey, all! Have had the FM on while thus terrible computer did something else -- it can do only one thing at a time. Sounds great, Rob!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Handy Haversack:


It's been a day.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:54pm Marley P. Dogg:

What’s up Handy? You still on a ladder?
  6:55pm Colleen:

Really really enjoy your show Rob.... the whole quarenteen thing really let me sink my teeth into it...and now I look forward to hearing you. Great job!! Thank you!!!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Smilty69:

Nihiloxica is talking to me!
  6:59pm Colleen:

Hey Handy!
Avatar 6:59pm litmus0001:

@RobW !
Avatar 7:00pm litmus0001:

@To be

Got to see Ba Cisoko in Madison WI around 2007 (?) and it was a mind blowing show.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, Rob and paradisers!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, Marley! I was playing poker over a combination of channels with far-separated friends and also watching the dramas of a bluejay family with a baby -- heady times! Now making dinner for us and still soaking in these perfect NYC evenings.

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm mariano:

ROTFL! Fox News mistook dialogue taken from Python's Holy Grail as the actual words of Seattle protesters, oh my god this is too good: www.mediaite.com...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Marley P. Dogg:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Handy Haversack:

See the violence inherent in the system!
Avatar 🎸 7:30pm slugluv1313:

infinite clicky stars and re-plays via the archives!!! :)
Avatar 🎸 7:36pm slugluv1313:

@ mariano -- hahahahahahhaha seriously you CANNOT make this sh*t up!!!!!!!
Avatar 🎸 7:38pm slugluv1313:

now fetch The Comfy Chair and poke them all with THE SOFT CUSHION!!!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Handy Haversack:

Oh, Fox. We all fart in your general direction.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm mariano:

Bloody peasant!
Avatar 🎸 7:41pm slugluv1313:

@ Handy --- aww baby Bluejays :)
there are birds EVERYWHERE here too -- surely i am noticing them more because it has been so quiet but DEFINITELY a larger population too :)
  7:41pm Ashley in VA:

*farts in your direction*
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm mariano:

You don't frighten me with all your knee-bent running-about advancing behavior!
  7:42pm Ashley in VA:

Avatar 🎸 7:42pm slugluv1313:

now how easy would it be to convince Fox News that it really IS The Spanish Inquisition??!!
  7:43pm badass.bish190:

Fox news needs to be down-voted.
  7:45pm badass.bish190:

How're all of these long lost souls today on wfmu?
  7:47pm badass.bish190:

tf? are ya'll here??
  7:49pm johnzo:

paradise in my ears! thanks!!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Handy Haversack:

Yeah, slugluv, the baby bluejay on the move was BIG NEWS around here!
  7:50pm thorny:

@badass This ain't no attention-whore area.
  7:51pm thorny:

I've also been getting lots of blue jays! Absolutely adorable!
  7:52pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and Trannies. I heard in Seattle they are building a castle for protection. It’s called Anthrax.
  7:52pm thorny:

My friend's cat's name is Blue Jay
  7:54pm thorny:

@Carmichael Oh yeah! I saw that earlier today.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Marley P. Dogg:

Really loving tonight’s show Rob!
  7:56pm thorny:

I enjoy this type of music, it doesn't make sense but that's why it's enjoyable; it keeps your brain guessing.
  7:57pm thorny:

Bravo to Rob!
  7:58pm ntanc:

  7:58pm thorny:

exactly, kinda what I call "weed music"
  8:01pm maester gardeneers of Lansing Michigan:

Anything from Orchestra Baobab?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Handy Haversack:

What Marley said!
Avatar 🎸 8:02pm slugluv1313:

@ Handy and @ thorny -- *jealous* :)
once in awhile i will see Cardinals, Mockingbirds -- but no BlueJays (there were a lot of them where i grew up, though -- total badass birds, always tormenting the local cats, hah!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm mariano:

Oh sorry Ashley, was away - just quoting from Holy Grail ;)

And hello badass, how's things?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Faux News has just reported that CHAZ is expanding their boundaries and are now occupying huge tracts of land.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm mariano:

Lol Ken. So many Python retorts came rushing to my mouth that it was like the 3 Stooges trying to go through a door at the same time.
Avatar 🎸 8:23pm slugluv1313:

Rob, this music is just TOO beautiful
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Handy Haversack:

@Mariano: Exactly. Now I know what it feels like when an entire wasted youth tries to get out of my brain at once.

If Fox misunderstands The Young Ones, I might just plotz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Rob W:

Thanks slug luv!
Avatar 🎸 8:26pm slugluv1313:

hah! the "journalists" at Fox would probably self-destruct over The Young Ones! just TOO complicated for their feeble brains
Avatar 🎸 8:27pm slugluv1313:

@ Rob -- it is like this music comes directly from gorgeous Earth days like today (if that makes any sense??)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm mariano:

True Handy, the only thing that came out of my mouth was "Woob woob woob!" Maybe Fox's crack team of reporters will stumble onto Neil's Book of the Dead and say "Bizarre antifa cult's "Bible" revealed!"
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:33pm chresti:

Wow, Faux news digitally altered photos to include a man with an assault rifle, said Seattle Times.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, slugluv, what you said makes perfect sense to me, friend.

Mariano: Ha! Missed *both* my legs! -- oh, and I am about to send you some East River pix.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm coelacanth∅:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, coela. Ready for the Crypt already, I see!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm coelacanth∅:

Handy i've been ready for the crypt for a few decades now
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:47pm Handy Haversack:

The hits just keep on coming, coela!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Smilty69:

Wonderful show, Rob! Wish everybody a great weekend!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm coelacanth∅:

i'd like to have this background behind my sheep but that's far beyond my skill level
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Marley P. Dogg:

Really great show tonight Rob! Cheers!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Handy Haversack:

What a great show, Rob! Thanks so much.

Be well, everyone -- and stay strong!
Avatar 8:54pm Megaroni:

Thank you TPSP for making our Saturday eve so nice :)
Avatar 🎸 8:54pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!! Grrreeeaatt show!! Bye all!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm radioronan:

Thanks Rob - excellent sounds this evening. Be well everyone. Take back the boogaloo! thanks skeleton crew!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 8:57pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm Rob W:

Thanks and good evening everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Rob
Avatar 9:00pm litmus0001:

Thx! Great set!
Avatar 🎸 9:06pm slugluv1313:

fantastic show -- thanks again, Rob!
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