Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

playlist #150 (2/28/11)-out like the lion

February 28, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #150 – We’re seeing February out like a lion today with a fury of great global dance beats
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
—-                                                                                                                                     SuperString Theory featuring Helen Kerlin-Smith: Aliwu Mix / SuperString Theory Goes To Senegal / Worldsoul 42 – (USA / SENEGAL)
Aurelio Martinez: Yange / Laru Beya / Stonetree (demo) – (HONDURAS) *NEW*
Mariana Montalvo: Tu Color Café (Your Coffee Color) / Cantos del Alma / Putumayo 174 – (CHILE)
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia: Drut Gat in Teentaal / Sāns (Breath) / Navras Records 9006 – (INDIA)
Ibn Thabit: Yassir / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (LIBYA) *NEW*
Black Uhuru: Bloodshed / Iron Storm / Mesa 79035 – (JAMAICA)
Lila Downs: Mi Corazón Me Recuerda (My Heart, My Memory) /  La Linea (Border) / Narada World 7243810265 – (MEXICO)
Alpha Yaya Diallo: Politik / Djama / Jericho Beach Music 501 – (GUINEA)
Tiné: Cobrinha / What’s Happening in Pernambuco? / Luaka Bop 6808990065 – (BRAZIL)
Agnese Manganaro: Voglio Restare Sveglia / Mille Petali / IRMA Records 846 – (ITALY)
Célia Maria featuring Amparo: Matriaméricas / Santa Rebeldia / Globalista 8 – (BRAZIL)
Saber El Robaie: Bersha / Oriental Beats 2 / Alam 626 – (TUNISIA)
Sergent Garcia: Yo Soy Salsamuffin / Una y Otra Vez / Cumbancha 19 – (SPAIN) *NEW* – coming out 3/29
Willie Colón: Jazzy / El Malo / Fania 773130029 – (PUERTO RICO)
Dota und die Stadtpiraten: Utopie / Bis Auf den Grund / Kleingeld Prinzessin Records 12708 – (GERMANY)
Usted Allarakha: The Tree of Rhythm / Rhydhun / Free Spirit 72017 – (INDIA)
Toumast: Ikalene Walegh (The Countries That Are Not Mine) / Ishumar / Real World 148 – (NIGER)
Balkan Beat Box: Habibi min zaman / Nu*Med / JDub 106 – (ISRAEL)
El Combolinga: Cumbia Caimanera / Mira Que Bien / Atxeh Independent Records 2 – (SPAIN)
Maria Bethânia: Feita Na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitanda 18 – (BRAZIL)
Novalima: Se Me Van / Coba Coba / Cumbancha 9 – (PERU)
Shantel: Planet Paprika / Planet Paprika / Crammed Discs 54 – (HUNGARY)
Karima Skalli: Ghannî yâ Fannân (Oh singer, please sing) / Wasla / Moucharabieh 321077 – (MOROCCO)
Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton: Electribe Blues / Egypt Unveiled / ARC Music 2316 – (EGYPT) *NEW*
Ibn Thabit: El Sooal / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (LIBYA) *NEW*

change is gonna come

February 25, 2011

From Egypt, “the sound of freedom”. This is a collaboration between Sout Alhoureya, Amir Eid Hawary, Hany Adel , and Sherif Mostafa.

Who will write Libya’s freedom anthem? Will anyone be left standing to write it when the bloody civilian massacre is over?

I went out and said I’m not coming back
I wrote with my blood in every street
We made those who couldn’t hear, finally listen
We broke down all the barriers
Our weapon was our dreams
And tomorrow is clear in front of us
For so long we’ve been waiting
We’re looking, we can’t find our place

In every street in my country the sound of freedom is calling
In every street in my country the sound of freedom is calling

We raised our heads to the sky
And hunger no longer worries us
The most important thing is our right
And writing our history with our blood
If you were one of us
Better not blabber and tell us
To go away and leave our dream
And stop saying the word “I”

In every street in my country the sound of freedom is calling
In every street in my country the sound of freedom is calling
The sound of freedom is calling.

(Lyrics translated by Ishaat)

indeed, these are remarkable days.

February 23, 2011

Time to take a break from the headlines and let a little music (and fresh footage from Egypt) do the talking.

I can tell already from the formatting on the Egypt montage video it’s going to be somewhat non-conformist.

It’s too big, too widespread to be contained.

I bet it’s going to run right over the borders.

So please pardon the appearance here – but know I wouldn’t have it any other way.

playlist #149 (2/21/11)-get up, stand up

February 21, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #149 – “There’s something happening here. What it is, ain’t exactly clear…” Today’s show is dedicated to the brave voices of revolution.
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix (download)- (USA / SENEGAL)
El Génèral: Rayes Lebled / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed /  (download) – (TUNISIA)
El Génèral: Tounes Bledna / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (TUNISIA)
Mohamed Ali Ben Jemaa: Ana Fhemtkoum / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (TUNISIA)
Pedro Luis Ferrer: Fundamento / Rústico / Escondida 6507 – (CUBA)
Pedro Luis Ferrer: La Cumbanchera / Rústico / Escondida 6507 – (CUBA)
Pedro Luis Ferrer: El Molino de Constantino / Rústico / Escondida 6507 – (CUBA)
El Génèral & Mr. Shooma: Ta7ya Tounes / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (TUNISIA)
Ramy Donjewan: Ded El 7koma / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (EGYPT)
Ahmed Rock: Mamno3 Mn El Ta3’eer / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (EGYPT)
Seun Kuti: Mosquito Song / Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80 / Disorient 56 – (NIGERIA)
Chiwoniso: Matsotsi (The Land of Thieves) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Living Like a Refugee / Living Like a Refugee / Anti- 86837 – (SIERRA LEONE)
Dobet Gnahoré: Pillage / Na Afriki (My Africa) / Cumbancha 4 – (IVORY COAST)
Revolution Records: Wa2t El Thawra Gaya / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (EGYPT)
Lotfi Double Kanon: Rissala / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (ALGERIA)
Lotfi Double Kanon: 7oukouma / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (ALGERIA)
Oswin Chin Behilia: Korupshon / Liber / Otrabanda Records 8010 – (CURAÇAO)
Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come / The Harder They Come / Mango 162539202 – (JAMAICA)
Peter Tosh: Get Up, Stand Up / Equal Rights / Columbia 34670 – (JAMAICA)
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Scary Politicians / Revelation / Megawave 342 – (JAMAICA)
Kobo-Town: Blood and Fire / Independence / Kobo 1 – (TRINIDAD)
Black Kold Medina: Trouble The Water / Trouble The Water / BKM 1 – (N’AWLINS)
Ibn Thabit: Hadef Al-Assasi / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (LIBYA)
Ibn Thabit: Yassir / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (LIBYA)
Ibn Thabit: El Sooal / Khalas Mixtape, vol. I: Mish B3eed / (download) – (LIBYA)

get up, stand up

February 21, 2011

Khalas mixtape cover art

As of this writing (Sunday, Feb. 20th around 11:45pm ET) more than 230 protesters have been killed over the last few days on the streets of the Libyan cities Benghazi and al-Baida, many at the hands of the Libyan Army which has even opened fire on crowds of funeral attendees.

Violence has also touched protests in Zenten, and the country’s largest city of Tripoli. No one really knows how many have died or how many have been arrested because the entire nation is operating under a news blackout and the internet has been shut down.

This week’s World of Music is dedicated to the voices of revolution: from Cuba and Curaçao to New Orleans, North Africa, and beyond. The centerpiece of the show is a shockingly powerful recording of Arabic rap and hip-hop songs ripped directly from today’s international headlines. I downloaded the mix early last week from the Libyan exile site “”. Two days later the website was taken offline.

We’re going to track through the entire 12 songs of the mixtape, with contributions from Lotfi Double Kanon and Ibn Thabit (Libya), Ramy Donjevan (Egypt), Tunisian rapper El Génèral, and many more. This isn’t music you’ll be able to download yourself now, or hear almost anywhere else on American radio.

Don’t miss it – incredible times call for incredible music, and this is it. This is now.

World of Music is a voice for change every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

Click here for more on Libya:

– from the Guardian UK

– from Human Rights Watch International

voices of north africa

February 18, 2011

Khalas mixtape cover art

Last weekend I heard On the Media‘s conversation with Abdulla Darrat, co-founder of the Libyan group Khalas (translated: “enough”). They had just released an online “mixtape” featuring some of the rap and hip-hop artists whose music has been the soundtrack of street protests in recent weeks across North Africa. I went to the website the interview had mentioned, downloaded the project’s 12 songs and cover art, and I’ve spent the last couple of days listening to the compilation’s many powerful voices.

Tonight I tried to revisit the same site ( and discovered that the site’s URL was a dead link. Deactivated, gone. I don’t know why, or what happened. I can tell you that as of  just a few hours ago, the Guardian was reporting that Libya was under a complete news blackout as protests continued in Benghazi and other cities. It’s hard to say if that site and its creative contents will ever be available again. I can only hope that its disappearance speaks to the news blackout, not some worse circumstance for its creators.

Since you may not have the same chance I did a couple of days ago to download the music of these rap and hip-hop artists, I’m going to do two things: first of all, I’m going to play that entire 12-song “mixtape” on Monday’s World of Music. You’ll be able to hear it streaming online from 3-5pm ET at, or via the regular radio at 105.9FM if you’re in Burlington, VT. Second, so we don’t have to wait that long to hear a few of the artists, I’m posting links below for some of their videos.

Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Syria, Libya, Algeria – who’s next?

These are interesting times.

And now, at the very real risk of landing myself on someone’s (everyone’s) no-fly list, here are some videos you have to experience. These are some of the very real, very NOW voices of North Africa. This is what revolution sounds like:

from Algeria: Lotfi Double Kanon’s “America” (since I can’t find a video of the song featured on the Khalas mixtape, here’s another one by the same artist):

from Libya: Ibn Thabit’s “Lookin’ For Freedom” (again, not the very same song on the mix tape but a strong one nonetheless):

from Egypt: Ramy Donjevan’s “Ded El 7kooma” (“Against the government”):

from Tunisia: El Génèral’s “Rayes Lebled”:

This is the mission statement that appears in the cover art provided in the Khalas mixtape download:

“Khalas Mixtape Vol. 1 is a compilation of songs created by North African hip hop artists from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria who have emerged as voices of recent uprisings and calls for protest. Mish B3eed, or ‘Not far,’ refers to the sense of solidarity that these youth feel across borders, the similarities of their causes and the oppressors they face, their physical proximity and the sense that our ultimate goal is within sight. Each song describes the unique circumstances of each artist’s country, carrying with it the subtleties of local dialects, but also highlights the extraordinary similarities of their struggles.”

And here’s a story the BBC’s “The World” also did on the Khalas mixtape project.

playlist #84 (10/12/2009) – en memoria de Mercedes Sosa

October 12, 2009
Mercedes Sosa, 1973 (photo property of public domain)

Mercedes Sosa, 1973 (photo property of public domain)

World of Music
Pgm #84 – Remembering the incredible spirit and musical power of Mercedes Sosa, 1935-2009
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Sunshiners (covering John Lennon): Woman / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter a Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
Bob Marley: No Woman No Cry / Legend / Island 90169 – (JAMAICA)
Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui: A La Dina Dana / Siwan / ECM 2042 – (NORWAY / MOROCCO) *NEW*
Kobotown: Abatina / Kobotown / MusicDish Network 2005 – (TRINIDAD / CANADA)
Lisa Ono: Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me a Lot) / Romance Latino, vol. 3 / EMI 341318 – (JAPAN)
Paname Dandies: Je Sais Parler aux Femmes (I Know How to Talk to the Ladies) / Le Swing de l’Escargot / Volvox Music 703 – (FRANCE)
Hüsnü Şenlendirici: Şina Nari / The Joy of Clarinet / Doublemoon 30 – (TURKEY)
Renata Rosa: Lá em São Paulo / Zunido da Mata / Outro Brasil 741-490 – (BRAZIL)
Kerekas Band: Ördöngös/Black Magic / Pimasz (Cheeky): Magyar Funk / BGCD 170  – (HUNGARY)
Lil’ Lavair and the Fabulous Jades: Cold Heat / Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities, 1968-1974, vol. 1 / Now-Again Records 5017 – (FLORIDA, USA)
Irakere: Bocalao Con Pan / Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, vol. 1 / Wxing Deep Records 2006 – (CUBA)
S-Job Movement: Love Affair / Disco Funk Special: The Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor, 1974-1979 / Soundway 10 – (NIGERIA)
Tiempo Libre: Olsa de Yemaya-Batá (on Bach’s Cello Suite Prelude in C) / Bach in Havana /
Sony Classical 44701 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Nelly Palacios: Ay! Mujer (on Bach’s Cello Suite Prelude in C) / Nicaragua Presente! / Rounder Records 1564 – (NICARAGUA)
Omara Portuondo & Richard Bona: Drume Negrita (on Leo Brouwer’s ‘Canción de Cuna’, the Afro-Cuban Lullaby) / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Los Destellos: Para Elisa (on Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’) / The Roots of Chicha / Barbès Records 16 – (PERU)
Bole 2 Harlem: Bole 2 Harlem / Bole 2 Harlem vol. 1 / Sounds of the Mushroom 1 – (ETHIOPIA)
DJ Click & Hightone: Bad Weather / Labesse (You’re Alright?) / No Fridge Records 4 – (UK / NORTH AFRICA)
El Tanbura: Zayy El Nhardah (The Canal Song) / Between the Desert and the Sea / World Village 450002 – (EGYPT)
Jeszcze Raz: Les Catastrophes S’enchaînent / 2 Univers / MusicAction 10174 – (QUÉBEC)
Badar Ali Khan: I Fall In Love With You / Lost in Qawwali II / Media Creature Music /– (PAKISTAN)
Tsuumi Sound System: Hotas / Hotas / Aito Records 10 – (FINLAND)
Rupa & The April Fishes: L’elephant / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA) *NEW* – * Rupa & the April Fishes at Parima on Nov. 9th: *
Pablo Ziegler & Quique Sinese: Fuga y Misgterio / Bajo Cero / Zozo Music 200504 – (ARGENTINA)
Mercedes Sosa: Gracias a la Vida / Homenaje a Violeta Parra / Philips 818 332 – (ARGENTINA) * Remembering Mercedes Sosa, 1935-2009 *

playlist #76 (6/22/2009)-new jazz & world tunes

June 22, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #76 – 6/22/09 – featuring Mamane Barka and his ancient instrument, the 5-string harp called the “biram”
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / – (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Mamane Barka: Wo Kuru / Introducing Mamane Barka / World Music Network INTRO 114 – (NIGER) *NEW*
Ojos de Brujos: Sultanas de Merkaillo / Techarí / Diquela Records 5 – (SPAIN)
Lenny Bruce: Psycopathia Sexuales / Burlesque / Glab!! Records 2 – (USA)
Allen Toussaint: St. James Infirmary / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch 480380 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Adriana Maciel featuring Moska: Tô (You) / Poeira Leve / Deckdisc 22031 – (BRAZIL)
El Tanbura: Shoft Toshy / Between The Desert and The Sea / World Village 450002 – (EGYPT) *NEW*
Béatrice Bonifassi & Benôit Charest: Belleville Rendez-Vous (Demo) / The Triplets of Belleville film soundtrack / Higher Octave Soundtracks 96811 – (FRANCE)
Marimba á Tun Tun: Morena Hermosa / Nicaragua Presente! / Rounder 11564 – (NICARAGUA)
Vieux Farka Touré (remixed by Fabian Alsultany): Courage / UFOs Over Bamako / Modiba 5 – (MALI)
Aceituna sin hueso: Para La Libertad / Cuba: La Canta a Serrat / ZunZún Cuba 999 – (CUBA)
Arúan Ortiz Trio: Invisible / Arúan Ortiz Trio vol. 1 / Ayva Music 33 – (SPAIN)
Giorgio Conte: Balla Con Me (Dance With Me) / Italia / Putumayo 290 – (ITALY) *NEW*
Hüsnü Şenlendirici: Şina Nari / The Joy of the Clarinet / Doublemoon 30 – (TURKEY)
The Crash: Big Ass Love / Come hear. Finland. / Kukko (demo) – (FINLAND)
Glaz: Run / Ar Gest / Déclic Communication 334 – (IRELAND)
High Tone (DJ Click remix): Bad Weather / Labesse / No Fridge 4 – (INDIA/UK)
Jimmy Cliff : Many Rivers to Cross / Ultimate Collection / Hip-O 314 546 727 – (JAMAICA)
Kandia Kouyate: Kandali / Kita Kan / Sterns Africa 1088 – (MALI)
Amos Hoffman: I Met You / Evolution / RazDaz 4606 – (ISRAEL)
Terrakaft: Tahra A Issasnanane / Akh Issudar / World Village 469084 – (WESTERN SAHARA)
Harry Manx: Afghani Raga / Mantras for Madmen / Dog My Cat Records 13982 – (INDIA)
Lora Chiorah-Dye and Sukutai: Chemtengure / Safarini in Transit: Music of African Immigrants / Smithsonian Folkways 40457 – (ZIMBABWE)
Souad Massi: Ilham / World Music Produced in France Compilation / Bureau Export 2005 – (ALGERIA)
Badar Ali Khan: Love / Lost in Qawwali III / Media Creature Music 3 – (PAKISTAN)
Waves Band: Nou Devwar / Only a Dream / Kelele Records 31003 – (SEYCHELLES ISLANDS)

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