BALKANIZE! is the only band that I know of in the Richmond region specializing in old-world Turko-Balkan folk music. They play songs and tunes from Romania, Bulgaria, all parts of the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey and the entire region. If you haven't heard them yet, you're in for a treat -- they really cook. And if you like what you hear, they're playing next Friday at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as well (see the flyer above). You can find out more about BALKANIZE! here:
I'll have some special premiums that folks can win if they donate during my show. Click "Read More" to find out about them, and to read some thoughts about why you should donate to WRIR. Also click "Read More" for today's tracklist; click here for a podcast of today's program:
The complete catalog of Global A Go-Go podcasts is here:
Now in its seventh year of operations, WRIR is one of America's flagship low-power FM community radio stations. At WRIR we're proud to say that fully 70% of our annual budget comes from donations made by our stakeholders -- our listeners, our underwriters, our volunteers (some people are in two or three of those categories). Community radio is by definition listener-funded radio -- the only way we can focus on what you, the listener, really wants is for you, the listener, to be our primary source of funding.
Believe me, if large corporate interests or the government were where we got most of our funding from, WRIR would sound a lot different than it does now. I doubt we'd be running programs like Democracy Now! or Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio or The Rainbow Minute. And you can be damn sure we wouldn't be playing music from the Congo, Croatia, Colombia and Cambodia during drive-time!
So now is your time to say, "Yes, I want radio that isn't controlled by the same schmucks that want to control everything else." And the way to do that is by keeping your community radio station in the black and donating during WRIR's Spring '11 Fund Drive. Remember, a community isn't something you can just join or move into -- it's something you have to make.
If you're one of the first two people to donate $100 or more during Global A Go-Go (call-ins and walk-ins only), you'll win this 3-CD stash of Balkan and klezmer recordings:
- Balkan Eyes by BALKANIZE!, the debut release by the band playing tonight in WRIR's Live Room (You can read my review of it here: http://www.globalagogo.com/2010/09/reviews-and-charts-september-26-2010.html)
- Revolve by La Cherga, an Austrian band fusing Balkan music with dub, hip hop and electronica (http://www.globalagogo.com/2011/04/la-cherga-revolve.html)
- Victory Party by Geoff Berner, a Canadian singer-songwriter-accordionist who sounds like a mix between Billy Bragg and Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz (http://www.globalagogo.com/2011/04/geoff-berner-victory-party.html)
Song | Artist (Country) | Recording | Label | Year
Separation | Oliver Lake (USA) | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1996
Global A Go-Go | Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (UK) | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001
Adje, Jano | BALKANIZE! (RVA USA) | Balkan Eyes |self-released | 2010
Lepi Juro Kries Nalaje | Kries (Croatia) | Kocijani | Kopito | 2008
Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Identity | Geoff Berner (Canada) | Victory Party | Mint | 2011
Last One Goes The Hope | Gogol Bordello (USA) | Trans-Continental Hustle | American | 2010
Rise Up | La Cherga (Austria) | Revolve | Asphalt Tango | 2011
Sovietoblaster | RotFront (Germany) | Emigrantski Raggamuffin | Essay | 2009
L'Orient Est Rouge | Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia) | L'Orient Est Rouge | Crammed | 1997
007 (James Bond Theme) | Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania) | Gili Garabde | Asphalt Tango | 2005
BALKANIZE! (RVA USA) live at WRIR:
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