Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another Weekend

I had a chance to marvel at Etran Finatawa performing last weekend at an international festival in Pittsburgh. The group had formed with 10 members and is now down to a more compact 5, which was still large enough to fill the small venue with their distinctive sounds. The band members actively encouraged audience members to dance. At one point, one of the singers asked if the audience was tired. Thinking, perhaps, that he was referring to our mood regarding the group's music, we loudly responded, "Non!" (The group's from Niger, a former French colony).
"Well, then," he slyly continued, "Why aren't you dancing?"
Indeed.

This Sunday, October 19th, I'll be d.j-ing a next-to-last show for the 2008 year, on WVUD, 91.3 FM, the University of Delaware's student/community radio station. You can also listen to the show, The Morning After, on the internet as well. I'll be playing selections from Etran Finatawa's CD "Desert Crossroads" in addition to some Iguanas, Toumani Diabete, Southside Johnny, and some other surprises. So tune in, if you've got a bit of time on your hands and curiosity in your ears. Sunday morning, 9:00 to 12:00 EST on WVUD.

10/21/08: Playlist for Sunday's (10/19/08) show has been updated and is viewable here.

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