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Monday, August 18, 2008

Radio Ethiopia

Posted By on 08.18.08 at 06:20 PM

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If you didn’t catch one of the two Chicago performances by the Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria with the Ex—last night’s gig at the Logan Square Auditorium was really something else—you've got one more chance, sorta. On Wednesday the free-form New Jersey radio station WFMU will broadcast the band’s concert at Damrosch Park in New York live. Even better, the bill also includes Extra Golden and legendary Ethiopian singers Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete performing with the Boston jazz group Either/Orchestra, which has folded Ethiopian gems into its repertoire over the years and is the only American group to have a release in the mighty Ethiopiques series. The show starts at 6 PM EST, which means if you want to listen via the station’s high-quality web stream things get started at 5 PM Chicago time. Go to wfmu.org.

Today’s (guest) playlist: This morning I had minor wrist surgery, and my recuperation has been accompanied by sounds chosen by my girlfriend, Michelle. Here’s what we listened to:

Vladislav Delay, Mutila (Huume)
Caetano Veloso, Singles (Philips, Japan)
Emil Zrihan, Askhelon (Piranha)
Gary Numan, The Pleasure Principle (Atco)
Various Artists, Artifacts of Australian Experimental Music 1930–1973 (Shame File)

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