Last week we reported on Berkeley’s great Disciples of Markos playing the Greek hash den music of Markos Vamvakaris and featuring Berkeley’s finest bouzouki player, Dave Murray. We mentioned that he also plays with the Squirrelly Stringband (every 1st Friday at the Niebyl-Proctor library). Turns out Dave also has an amazing blog called Haji Maji. The focus is Asian 78s (yes that’s 78rpm-forget about cassettes and 45s!). He has released some of his Thai collection as Luk Thung via Atlanta’s brilliant Dust-to-Digital record label (actually their ‘Limited Edition Leg’ Parlortone).
This Sunday Oct. 30th, Dave will take his 78s to the airwaves on KPFA 94.1 from 3-5pm (on the Panhandle Country show hosted by Tom Diamant). According to Dave:
You can expect to hear some raw and scratchy sounds from Greece, India, Turkey, Syria, Ukraine, Albania, Japan, Kenya, Bahrain, Persia, Afghanistan, Morocco, Egypt, Norway and probably more. As far as I know, none of these records have been reissued on cd, so these will be fresh sounds for your jaded ears. Yakking will be interspersed, facts dispensed, speculations proffered and one or two upcoming projects might be revealed. You can listen via old fashioned radio waves or online here. The archive of the show should be available for a limited time about a week after broadcast.
If you like all the great releases from Sublime Frequencies, Ethiopiques and the like, prepare to go deeper! Have a taste by listening to this mp3: