World Music Wednesdays on WBAI: Show #2

After posting last week’s set list I realize what a polyglot show this is and how amazing it really is to have all this world music be at the same time somewhat local.  I know, I know, it’s NY, “the greatest city in the world,” but just looking at music like this really makes it clear.  People are not only from everywhere, they are also influenced by everywhere and everyone.  You can find enthusiasts for popular, traditional and folk genres from Africa, Colombia,  Japan, and even home grown music brews such as jazz, tin pan, Appalachian, and blues, all right here in New York City and it’s buroughs!

Today’s subway clip featured the band Tin Pan with the fearless leader Jesse Selengut dressed in white smacking around a trumpet in Union Square.  They play every few Mondays from 6-9pm at this locale, and they also play at Herald Square (with an “e”) when MUNY allows.  Swing dancers usually find themselves magnetically drawn out of work mode and onto the “dance floor”.  See more photos here and read more about the song Bei Mir Bis Du Schoen here!

Today’s set list:

1. Andy Statmen (Brooklyn) 2. Sheila Chandra (UK & S. India) 3. Tom Ze (Brazil)  4. Lucha Reyes (Peru)  5. Chico Trujillo (Chile)  6. Kalyi Jag (Hungary)  7. Mycale (NY) 8. Chicha Libre (Brooklyn)  9.  Munequitos de Matanzas (Cuba – performing May 5-7 at Symphony Space)  10. Dengue Fever (Cambodia / LA)  11. Chicha Libre (Brooklyn)  12. Ana Tijoux (Chile / France)  13. Beirut (Albuquerque)  14. Antibalas (Brooklyn)  15. Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey (Nigeria)  16. John Carty & Brian Rooney (UK/Ireland) 17. Jorge Ben (Brazil) 18. Le Trio Joubran (Palestine)  19. Tin Pan (subway musicians of the week, Jesse Selengut, band leader – performing at Bowery Poetry Club this Saturday 4/16) (Brooklyn) 20. Cat (Thailand) (Thai Beat a Go Go Vol.1)  21. Las Rubias del Norte (Brooklyn)  23. Kelli Rae Powell (Brooklyn)  24. Gato Loco (performing at Nublu 4/14 at 9:30) (Brooklyn)  25. Ayde Mori (Turkey)  26. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan)

Today’s Haiku written from song titles, album titles or band titles from today’s set:

Mr. Orange Paz

And If The Sea Was Whisky

Speaking in Tongues III

Send in your own Haiku from this show or any show (doesn’t have to be in English) and post it here!  Some guidelines to help you write your Haiku: use 5-7-5 syllable pattern, use season words, use two contrasting sensory images, and the last line should tie it all up in a surprise ending!  Go here to read more about Haikus.  Contact me with any questions about the show or World Music in general!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kristy
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 23:47:29

    thanks so much for linking to my blog post about them! they were so awesome to see live, i’m really glad i got to experience them!!! =) great post.

    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena


  2. Dan Cohen
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 12:01:34

    Enjoyed the show allot. Thanks. A great addition to the WBAI roster. Looking forward to next Wednesday. I’ll check & see if you are on Facebook.
    In solidarity


    • blueunicornpress
      Apr 13, 2011 @ 16:39:49

      Hi Dan,
      Thanks so much for tuning in! I’ve now posted the set list and will continue to for the shows at WBAI. I’ll be gone for the next month and a half, but hopefully back in June. Thanks for your support!
      Kind regards,


  3. c.j.c.
    Apr 15, 2011 @ 22:23:30

    this was a great show. thanks for posting the set list.


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