Episode 82: Turbo Folk Stories with Briga
December 3, 2013

A few years ago an album called Diaspora by Montreal based violinist Briga found its way into the CFRC library – a happy surprise for our collective that yearns for such fierce, beautiful music rooted in Balkan, Ashkenaz, Romani, and Middle Eastern traditions. Briga released Turbo Folk Stories in 2012 -an album produced after Briga’s return from a  tour through the Balkans playing Romani weddings & funerals with Bulgaria’s top violinist and mentor Georgi Yanev. You might have also heard Briga’s playing on one of our favourite Geoff Berner tracks, “Daloy Politsei”/”Down with the Police”. Avi caught up with Briga for an interview before her band’s performance at the “But is it Jewish?” showcase at this year’s Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

Click here to listen to the interview plus musical selections from Briga’s repertoire.

Track listing:
Briga – “Igraj Devojko”
Briga – “Qalbi (Mon Coeur)”
Briga – “7/8 Makedonska”
Briga – “Duj Duj”
Briga – “On The 40”

Semitic Soul “Diaspora Dayenu Mix”
June 19, 2013

A recently uncovered episode of Semitic Soul with sparks of cumbia baile balkan roma klezmer music. Live from CFRC 101.9fm, Golus. Check it out!!!!

Playlist…

Mordechai Gebirtig – Arbetlose Marsch
Daniel Kahn – March of the Jobless Corps
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band – Ishai‘s Freylekh
David Krakauer – As If
Ticon – Balkan Tourist
Juan Magan and Marcos Rodriguez – Bora Bora (Mastiksoul Remix)
Jewish.Ukrainian.Freundschaft. – Gypsy Part of Town
The Binary Cumbia Orchestra – La Inconformable (Shazalakazoo Remix)
La Bombacion – Funk Chicks (Bulgarian Chicks Remix)
Via the Robots – unknown
Balkan Beat Box – Joro Boro (Remix)
Abballaba – unknown
Natacha Atlas – Makaan (Beats Antique Remix)
El-Iqaa – Rahou / Resurface
The Narcicyst – AfghaniRingRocker

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 58: Mish-mash
December 8, 2011

Tune in to a radio613 mish-mash! In this episode, Avi & Malcah share thoughts and information about a variety of current events in our Jewish worlds.

To begin,we discuss the Project Hayei Sarah and hear a D’var Torah about the parsha from Alana Alpert.

Next, we discuss the new documentary Never Come Back, which we recently got to sneak preview. The film is about the Canadian Roma community, the increasing difficulties being faced by Roma refugee claimants in getting status in Canada, and the realities of systemic and violent anti-Roma discrimination in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

We also share information about Hampshire College’s recent Queer Jews and Allies Conference.

The show features lots of great music: ‘Trili Trilili’ by Lenka Lichtenberg, and ‘Play, Gypsy, Play’ and ‘Victory Party’ by the recently titled Canadian Folk Music Award-Winner in the Pushing the Bundaries category, Geoff Berner.

We end the show with the ceaselessly amazing original recording of Allen Ginsberg’s America, set to “Hassidish” by Socalled and Sophie Solomon.

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Semitic Soul “Breaks-outta-Babel mix”
November 1, 2011

playlist…

Watcha Clan – La Camel
Palov & Mishkin – Et de Clarinete (cast-a-blast)
Ghettoplotz – Babyschlep
Balkan Hotsteppers – Basement Freaks vs. Public Enemy
Socalled – Work With What You Got
Parov Stelar – The Mojo Radio Gang
Balkan Beat Box – Move It (radioclit remix)
Daniel Greenx – Balkanish
Max Pashm – Rembeteli
Schyzodrome – Tzifest
Skazka Orchestra – Tatarstan
Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars – Borracho #1 The Cobbles In the Street moan For You
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars – Too Eggy
Klezmatics – Bulgar-a-la-Klezmatics

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Od yeshama, new Semitic Soul
December 14, 2010

Lots of dance-y balkan beats, klezmer, and Romani music on this week’s Semitic Soul. Enjoy!

playlist…

Beats Antique – Nesasatavo
Max Pashm – Anarchy
Klezmer Rebs – Yishama-O-Rama (Cut Loose Remix)
Socalled & Solomon – Headphones
Omfo – Mr. Mamaglia
Balkan Beat Box – Pachima (Ubk Remix)
[dunkelbunt] & Cloud Tissa – Kebab Connection (Shazalakazoo Sharwarma Remix)
Ostblocket ft. Raf MC – Raul Cocek
Shantel – Sota
J.U.F. – Bassar (Spanish Car Service)
Balkan Beat Box – Look Them Act
Frank London & David Yengibarjan – Golem Khosidl
Esma Redzepova – Cherenije
Daniel Kahn – Dumai
Dazoque – Serb Bird

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Episode 43: Anti-Roma Racism in Europe & Canada
August 8, 2010

In the same week that Romani communities commemorated the Roma Holocaust (August 2), countries across Europe pushed through legislation to expel Romanies and destroy their settlements. Systemic racism and day-to-day violence against Roma persist in Europe – and with impunity. Episode 43 features our interview with Robert Kushen, director of the European Roma Rights Centre, who outlines the current and historical climate in Europe for Romanies. Special guest Laura joins the show to situate anti-Roma racism in a Canadian context. Finally, we speak with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich about shared experiences of exile as radio613 discusses the need for developing stronger Jewish-Roma solidarity.

Music from Boban Markovic (“Balkan Fest”) and Gogol Bordello (“Immigrant Punk”).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

More info:
www.errc.org
www.romarights.net
Jewish and…

Funkisyiddishforspark
January 1, 2010

Another edition of ‘Semitic Soul’ hosted by DJ Grenadier.

…playlist:

Komatcha Klezmer – Tall of Moonlight Stone
Beyond the Pale – Bulacharescu
Kal – Mozzarella (Gaeten Fabri Remix)… See More
Balkan Beat Box – $20 for Boban
Max Pashm – Manea-k
Crookers – Gypsy P
Ian Oliver – Bucovina 69
Pizetta – Klezmer
Shantel – Donna Diaspora
Abe Schwartz – Akdomes Un Af B’ri (At the Beginning and Daybreak)
Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Koningspiel
Amy Goodman
Jaffa Road – Binah
Beyond the Pale – Gyrations
Di Nigunim – Fascist Degradation

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Gut yor vibes
September 22, 2009

Click here to listen to the newest Semitic Soul podcast.

playlist…

The Workmen’s Circle Chorale – Daloy Politzei!
Di Nigunim – Solidarity
Boom pam – The Wedge
Charming Hostess – Esterlu
The Sway Machinery – Aveinu Malkeinu Z’khor
Romashka – Shimdiggy
Max Pashm – Klezmernaki
Balkan Beat Box – Delancey
Nickodemus – Brookarest
Watcha clan – Qoulu
Epryhme – Punklezmerap
Shadia Mansour ft. DAM – Kollon 3endon Dababaat
Narcicyst/Rugged Intellect – Semitic Geneology
Andy Statman Quartet – Maggid

Semitic Soul
September 3, 2009

Dear listeners,

radio613 will start regular broadcasting on September 16 on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston. In the mean time, here are some episodes of ‘Semitic Soul’ – the musical extension the radio613 collective with dj grenadier bringing klezmer/balkan/roma, arab/sephardic/mizrachi dance and soul to the airwaves. For playlists, contact radio613@riseup.net.

Right-click to download the mixes. Some of the shows start a couple minutes in.

Chariming Hostess
V’im lo Achshav, ei matai?
Downtempo doubkets and dance-heavy horas

Shalom Aleykoum Congregation