Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sangam playlist for 13 December, 2008

Hello,

Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, 13 December.

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (23:00-01:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time, 13 December, here: http://www.kfai.org/node/50. Click on the "Listen Now" icon for the 12/13/2008 show.

Note the "Tere Bina" set followed by the Sufi set.

I will be on the air next on January 10, 2009.

Regards.


Track Title Artist Album Track No.




Ga mere manva Rangeela Best of Rangeela 1
Bhula do Raeth Raeth 1
Seh na sakay Zeb & Haniya Chup 9
Katna nai Sajjad Ali Chahar Balish 4
Bin tere Jawad Ahmad Bol Tujhe Kya Chahiyeh 11
Teray bina Fuzon Saagar 2
Tere bina Raga Boyz Yeh Jaan Lo 10
Tere bina (remix) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Charkha 9
Malangi Roxen Rozen-e-Deewar 10
Aisi taisi Azal Road To Infinity 1
Khairheyan de naal Shafqat Amanat Ali Tabeer 1
Seraiki dhun Manzoor Ahmed & Murid Hussain Land of the Sufis 9
Beh haad ramza dhasda Brooklyn Qawwali Party BQP 3
Pekar Sajjad Ali Chahar Balish 1
Qalandari zikr Sahebi and Rahima Land of the Sufis 4
Tarrin paunda Allan Fakir Ramchand Pakistani, Soundtrack 7
Ghoom Charukhda Abida Parveen Mahi Yaar Di Ghadoli Bhardi 2
Charkha Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Charkha 1
Aaja re MIDIval PunditZ Asian Travels 2 4
Ja sha taan Fun Da Mental (Tranglobal Underground Karachi Deathcult Mix) Asian Travels 1

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fawzia's New Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK6-RMzJDrk

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sangam playlist for Saturday, 15 November, 2008

Hello,

I guess we are in for another 9 months of winter, ughh!

So let's keep warm with Sangam. Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, November 15. Too, Rajib will be bringing an interview with a man who has danced all over the world.

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

Give me a buzz in the studio at 612-341-0980.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (01:00 UTC), 15 November, here:

http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-11-15).rm

Pay particular attention to the amusing and pointed song by Shehzad Roy.

I will be on the air next on December 13.

Regards.


Track Title Artist Album Track No.




Chanda ke hindolay mein Surayya Hyderabadi Sunehray Geet Volune 3 5
Hole hole pavan chale Runa Laila Best of Runa Laila 6
Bahana Saleem Javed Dosti 1
Mera yaar bina dil Najam Sheraz Najam 6
Nachna nachna Punjab Munday Nachna Nachna 1
Munda nache Farah Hassan Saiyaan 6
Too metr ki lagdi Jawad Ahmad Uchhaya Majajan Wali 4
Sajna ve Raga Boyz Yeh Jaan Lo 13
Yaad Nouman Khalid Tanhai 4
Dhoom tna na Shahzaman & Salman V2 1
Hum se hai zamana Suroor Pyar tou Hona Hae 9
Allah megh dey Shubha Mudgal & Shafqat Amanat Ali Ramchand Pakistani, Soundtrack 4
Kabhi na kabhi Zeb & Haniya Chup 3
mein to piya se Shujaat Husain Khan Hazaron Khwahishein 6
Chhalla Rabbi Shergill Aven-gi Ja Nahin 1
Chhalia Shabaz Shabaz 7
Laga reh Shehzad Roy Qismat Apnay Haat Mein 4
Prophesy Nitin Sawhney Prophesy 15
The hand of contraband Up Bustle and Out Untouchable Outcaste Beasts Vol. 1 5

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sangam play list for tSaturday, 20 September, 2008

Hello,

Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, September 20, 2008.

You can listen to the live audiostream here:
http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram
from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 20 September, here:
http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-09-20).rm

Listen for an excerpt from the staged reading of Ismat Chughtai's short story "Do Haath" that was presented last weekend at a local theater. A usual there is an interesting collection of music. Tell me if the show feels different this time. I changed how I put the music together.

The studio line is 612-341-0980 in case you want to call in during the show.

I will be on the air next on in late October.

Regards.

Track Title Artist Album Track No.




Sawan aaye Akhlaq Ahmed Best of Akhlaq Ahmed 3
Yaar Kiran Ahluwalia Kiran Ahluwalia 6
Tera naam liya to Ali Haider Tera Naam Liya To 1
Moray saiyan Abeer Abeer 1
Mela Abrar-ul-Haq Naraa Sada ishq Aye 8
Mera laung gawacha Bally Sagoo (feat. Cheshire Cat) Bally Sagoo on the Mix 4
Dil mein tum Bunny Rasta Naya 4
Koi aane wala hai Strings Koi Aane Wala Hai 1
Nadanian Fuzon Saagar 8
Nishaan Noori Peeli Patti Aura Raja Jani Ki Gol Dunya 1
Nishaan Call Jilawatan 8
Rahein Evolution Shake Your Body 9
Woman Susheela Raman Salt rain 4
Do Haath Richa Nagar, Tarun Kumar Story Excerpt 1
Piya Midival Times Midival Punditz 7
Dubla Talvin Singh Ha 6
Pattern release Bill Laswell Asana OHM Shanti 8
Pyar Orchestral World Groove The Rough Guide to the Asian Underground 7
Prophesy Nitin Sawhney Prophesy 15
The hand of contraband Up Bustle and Out Untouchable Outcaste Beasts Vol. 1 5


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sangam playlist for Saturday, 30 August, 2008

Hello,

Enjoy some South Asian music while Republicans party downtown at the 2008 Republican National Convention. And, you can party Sunday night with a desi bash at a local club (details provided during the broadcast). Monday being a holiday (Labor Day) as well as the start of Ramzan, you may want to extend yourself. (-:

Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, August 30.

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul


The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 30 August, here:
http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-08-30).rm


I will be on the air next on September 20.

Regards.

Track Title Artist Album Track No.




Jaan keh kar jo Saleem Raza Best of Saleem Raza 7
Mun maani Hadiqa Kayani Roshni 14
Jeena mera Saraab Teri Yaad 11
Wanjhli waleria Rabi Pirzada Mujhe Ishq Hai 4
Bulla ki jana Rabbi Shergill Bulla Ki Jana 1
Are logo tumhara kya Abida Parveen Are Logo Tumahara Kya 1
Nachoon gi Salman Ahmed Infiniti 1
Khaban wich meray toon na aa Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Rahat 4
Nothing without you/Tera bin remix Dhol Foundation & FunDaMental Star Rise 9
Warring dhol Asian Dub Foundation Tank 9
Bhangra Fever Midival Punditz Midival Punditz 6
Let the music play (?) DJ Gonna Make It Shamur 9
Bhangra Knight vs Husan (Husan's Original Mix) Husan Asian Vibes, CD-1, Body 4
How much reality can you take? Banco de Gaia Asian Travels 2 6
Aaj mera jee karda (Zimpala Remix) Mychael Danna Asian Vibes, CD-2, Soul 12
Ja sha taan FunDaMental (Transglobal Underground Karachi Deathcult Mix) Asian Travels 1
Ab ke baras Midival Punditz Asian Massive 3

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sangam playlist for today, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hello,

Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Highlights for this program:

1) a collection of songs by modern female singers

2) The second hour of the program devoted to ghazals. (Please be aware that the primary elements of ghazal songs are the lyrics, not the music. BTW, two of the ghazals were written by people that I know).

I am doing an extended ghazal set because I am told that the ghazal singer Ghulam Ali is in Minneapolis and will be performing tonight after Sangam.

Here is the concert information: Edison High School in North East Minneapolis starting 7:30 pm (July19, 2008).

700 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN - (612) 668-1300
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Edison+High+School+in+Minneapolis,+mn&ie=UTF8&ll=45.011661,-93.254957&spn=0.028398,0.086174&z=14

Cheapie tickets are $25 and go up from there.

Back to Sangam. You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 19 July, here: http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-07-19).rm I will be on the air next, probably in September. (Hopefully with some new CDs.)

Regards.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Tum hi ho mehboob mereMasood RanaMere Dil Ki Hai Awaz12
Saathi mereAkhlaq AhmedBest of Akhlaq Ahmed8
Diyar yar geyaAsad Amanat KhanThe Golden Collection7
Tere binaFuzon (Shafqat Amanat Ali)Saagar2
AankhonJunaidHelen's Compilation1
DhaaniStringsDhaani1
ZindagiSpy from CairoShakti Rhythms4
Sacred Stones Sheila ChandraMoon Sung9
NagumomoSusheela RamanSalt Rain10
Prayer for SoheilAzam AliIn the Garden of Souls4
Iss baar miloHadiqa KiyaniRung9
CaptiveNajma AkhtarVivid1
Dil maiNajma AkhtarPukar2
YaarKiran AhluwaliaKiran Ahluwalia6
Hum ko kis ke gham ne maraGhulam AliBest of Best Pakistani Ghazala, vol. 59
Nahin ishq mein (Bahadur Shah Zafar)Habib Wali MuhammedHabib Wali Muhammed, Musical Legend, vol. 13
Dil hi to hai (Mirza Ghalib)Roopkumar RathodGhalib - Ghazals1
Aarzo (Mir Taqi Mir)Pankaj UdhasHasrat12
Dil se teri nigah (Mirza Ghalib)Ghulam AliGhalib - Ghazals6
Bahar aai (Faiz)Tina SaniFaiz Ki Yaad Mein12
Ter pyar mein (Obaidullah Aleem)Mehdi HasanMehdi Hassan Ghazals, Album 14
Honton pe kabhi (Ada Jafarey)Ustad Amanat Ali KhanBest of Pakistani Ghazals2

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sangam playlist for Saturday, 28 June, 2008

Hello,

Are you ready for another eclectic journey on Sangam? Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, June 28 (CD players willing).

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 28 June, here: http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-06-28).rm

I will be on the air next tentatively on July 26; I may have to shift the date one week forward or back because I may have a schedule conflict.

Regards.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Lab per tera naamAhmed RushdiYaaden11
Saathi aa mere saathiMalaBest of Mala9
Chakra KhanBombay 2: Electric Vindaloo17
O kehndi haiJawad AhmadBol Tujhe Kya Chahiyeh8
Bava boldaShazia ManzoorIshq Sohna3
Dil teraSoni PablaThe Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance2
Indi-yarnTrickbabyThe Streets of Bollywood and Beyond12
Aank main kajal haiNaghmna JafriCompilation6
Let the music playShamur (Original vocal mix)Shamur1
Dil kee baaton koAarohSawaal7
PaisaManak-EThe Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance10
Meri gori goriKiran AhluwaliaKiran Ahluwalia9
Akhiyan mila leyImikZamana Badlay Ga1
Maal gariRageDeewana3
Kahan hai tuEP-IrtiqaEP-Irtiqa3
Track 5Shahzad HameedShahzad Hameed5
ChangeAsian Dub FondationRafi's Revenge11
Seconnd Generation, SoundtrackUzi20071228 Compilation11
Rise upKarsh KaleBroken English12
EnemyMidival PunditzMidival Punditz10
Dum dumAbrarul HaqSupreme Ishq3
Jive lalAli Khan BandTaswir7
Tears of lightRizwan Muazzam Qawwal & Temple of SoundPeople's Colony No. 14
CaravanUstad Sultan Khan & BrainpolluterRare Elements9

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sangam Playlist for Saturday, 31 May, 2008

Hello,

Still doesn't feel like summer, in Minnesota, does it?

However we can still have a good time on Sangam. Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, May 31. Rajib may come and bring some Bangla music.

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 31 May, here: http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam%20(2008-05-31).rm

I will be on the air next on June 28.

Regards.



Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Jhoom ae dilMasood RanaMere Dil Ki Hai Awaz10
Saiyan ji ke nainonRoona LailaBest of Roona Laila6
Aankhen milaney valeyNazia HassanDum Dum Dee Dee8
O sahiba sahibaNaghmana JaffryGoli Mar De11
ShokanManjeet SinghOne4
Wan KutiaAbrarul HaqMain Gaddi Aap Chalawan Ga6
StormOverloadOverload6
Naadir dinnaRashid Ali & ThubaraThe Streets of Bollywood and Beyond14
Chaaye chaayeStringsDhaani6
Mojon mainEvolutionShake Your Body5
Kuch nahiSaturn20071019 Compilation7
Kuch naheenCallJilawatan5
AndholanMekaal Hassan Band20071228 Compilation18
The riverNitin SawhneyHuman1
SunsetNitin SawhneyProphecy1
God of loveMidival PunditzMidival Punditz11
UpholdTalvin SinghHa4
Piyar piyarThe Ali Khan BandZindagi2
Ek bulletState of BengalVisual Audio8

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sangam play list for Saturday, May 03, 2008

Hello,

First of all, many thanks to those of you who pledged support to KFAI and Sangam during our pledge drive in the past few weeks. Please accept my personal thanks as well those on behalf of the station. Your financial support and continued listening to the program is much appreciated.

Despite the calendar the weather in Minnesota continues to be cloudy, flurried, drizzly, and chilly. )-:

However let me warm you up with some hot music and conversation. Below is the playlist for the show this Saturday, May 03. It's an eclectic collection of music.

Additionally, we will also talk with the eclectic and beautiful Maniza Naqvi. Banker, writer, humanitarian, volunteer, Maniza has published several novels and plays. She will talk about politics, activism, books, and her latest novel - A Matter of Detail. "The story revolves around the family of Haji Rueewallah, a businessman in Karachi, his two wive, Hajrabia from the B'nai Israel community that lived in Karachi, and and Zareenabia, his first cousin and second wife, and their five children."

So, with this potent mix, I hope you will be listening.

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 03 May, here: http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-05-03).rm

I will be on the air next on May 31.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Savan aaye savan jaayeAkhlaq AhmedBest of Akhlaq Ahmed3
Jab hum nahin hongeRoona LailaBest of Roona Laila13
Dil-e-veeranSaleem JavedTribute to Mehdi Hasan13
Punjabi touchAbrarul HaqAsan Jana Malomal2
Neel KariyanShazia ManzoorHai Dil Jani1
Say halaPanji Dee JayBombay Bhangra Club5
Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer (Destiny Mix)Geeta DuttThe Streets of Bollywood and Beyond2
TasveerainSajjad AliRangeen10
Om numah shivayApache IndianThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge2
Allah hooFilm sound trackKhuda Ka Liye8
Allah hu, Allah huSabri BrothersCompilation (Qavvali)1
Allah huBrooklyn Qawwali PartyBrooklyn Qawwali Party4
Kinna sohnaNusrat Fateh Ali KhanTop Hits of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan2
Zikr hai apna mehfil mehfilNajma AkhtarQareeb5
MiskatonicNajma AkhtarVivid2
Ek bulletState of BengalVisual Audio8

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sangam today, Saturday, 05 April, 2008

Hello,

First of all thanks for being a listener to Sangam on KFAI.

This year KFAI celebrates 30 years of broadcasting and Sangam will have been on the air for a little over half that time. Such longevity has been made possible by the interest and support of loyal listeners such as you.

KFAI is a non-commercial, community radio station and depends on the financial support of its listeners together with some grants to continue its operations. Not all of you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area but the KFAI community is defined by its listeners and not the radio station’s geographical location. No matter where you are located in the world, if you listen to KFAI via the Internet, you are part of our community.

Our Spring pledge drive is starting this week. I request you to make a donation to KFAI by calling the radio station at 612-375-9030 or donate online by visiting http://www.kfai.org/pledge

You can donate any amount but typical pledges run from $50-75. You also have the option of signing up for an automatic monthly payment to spread out the donation over the year.

I would be thrilled to have the listeners to my Sangam editions jointly contribute at least $500 to this pledge drive. Would you like to help achieve this goal?

You can pledge at any time but talk to me this Saturday (05 April, 2008) at 612-375-9030 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm US Central Time (2200-2400 UTC) when I am on the air (Live audiostream: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram)

As a special premium (give away to donors) we have one copy of a signed, first edition of Sujata Massey’s latest book “Shimura Trouble” for a listener who donates $75 or more.


Thanks for you support.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sangam playlist for March 29, 2008

Here is the playlist for the 29 March, 2008, Sangam program.

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 29 March, here: http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-03-29).rm

I'll be interviewing the award-winning mystery writer Sujata Massey in the second hour of the show: More information is available here:
http://ahmedn8.blogspot.com/2008/03/sujata-massey-on-sangam-march-29-2008.html


Also, note that the KFAI pledge drive will start next week. Please contribute to keeping KFAI and Sangam on the air.

My next program will be on April 5 during the pledge drive. Please call me during the show on the studio line at 612-341-0980 and make a donation pledge.



Thanks.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Tujhe pyar karte karteNaheed AkhtarMemories 2, Agar Tum Mil Jao3
Tujhe apne dil se mainAhmed RushdiYaaden3
Zindagi shart haiTina SaniTeri Yaad8
Chal rein deSajjad AliChal Rein De1
Faithless loveNajma AkhtarAtish7
GardishKaravanGardish6
Main na manoon haarAwazShola - Jadoo Ka Chiragh5
HaniyanShazia ManzoorIshq Sohna6
Wan kutiaAbrar ul HaqMein Gaddi Aap Chalwan Ga6
Dil na lageyFaakhirAatish5
Na asey shehzadeShehzad RoyRab Janey8
NindiyaEvolutionShake Your Body4
Track 1Shahzad HameedSongs from the Nowhere Land1
Dam mast qalandarNusrat Fateh Ali KhanRough Guide to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan8
Mustt musttBrooklyn Qawwali PartyBQP1
Nit khair manganNusrat Fateh Ali KhanTop Hits of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan3
Flight IC 408State of BengalVisual Audio1
SunLoop GuruAmrita7
PD7Anoushka Shankar, Karsh KaleBreathing Under Water6
Temple gatesJames Asher, Jon CrosseTigers of the Remix10

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sujata Massey on Sangam, March 29, 2008

I'll be interviewing the award-winning mystery writer Sujata Massey on Sangam on March 29, 2008.

We will talk about her about-to-be released novel "Shimura Trouble", emigration, diasporas, and the breaking and making of connections across generations. Sujata will share her own experience of mixed heritage and give some ideas about what parents can do to help their children feel good about their heritage without pestering them.

Sujata will also give you a sneak peak at her next novel wich will be of close interest to many of you. And - we will play some of Sujata's favorite music!

Please note also that a book signing/talk for "Shimura Trouble" will be held at 7 pm, Wednesday April 16, at Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th at Lyndale. You can sign up for information about Sujata's mystery novels here: http://interbridge.com/sujata/

Join Sujata and me for a stimulating conversation on March 29 on Sangam.

Sangam is aired on Saturdays on KFAI, 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul, from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (2400-0200 UTC). You can listen to it live at:
http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram

You can listen to a recorded version of the broadcast with Sujata Massey, after the show, here:
http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-03-29).rm

Fawzia's music videos

Here is a set of music videos that Fawzia Afzal-Khan produced in Pakistan last year.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=c80WgGG5Jzo&feature=related

http://youtube.com/watch?v=K0YzOfG_7c0

http://youtube.com/watch?v=z4SrSic8WXA&feature=related


The multi-talented Fawzia also teaches, is a well-regarded writer and speaker on political/activist issues, and is a performance artist with several shows presented in the US and abroad. Some of her work is quite edgy and intended to disturb the status quo.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sangam playlist for March 15, 2008

Here is the Sangam playlist for today, March 15, 2008.

We will have a special guest today. Tee-M will talk about his music and we will a play a few tracks from his CD "Earthiotic". How did he come up with that name?

You can listen to the live audiostream here: http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram from 5:00-7:00 pm Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC). Or tune in to 90.3 FM in Minneapolis and 106.7 FM in St. Paul.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 15 March, here: http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-03-15).rm

Call me during the show on the studio line at 612-341-0980.

I will be on the air next on March 29 when I fill in for another host. And, we will have mystery guest. Be sure to tune in for intriguing interview and a related local event.

Regards.


Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Bana ke mera nashaimanSaleem RazaBest of Saleem Raza2
Tez hui dil ki dharkanRoona LailaBest of Roona Laila14
Aap ki nazron ne samjhaBally SagooThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge5
Yeh nahinKiran AhluwaliaKiran Ahluwalia2
Tadbeer se bugri hui taqdeerGeeta DuttStreets of Bollywood and Beyond2
Bar bar dekhoSaleem JavedA Tribute to Muhammad Rafi8
AagNazia HassanBest of Nazia Hassan, Album 25
Dil nai lagdaAman HayerThe Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance4
PatloAbrar ul HaqNaraa Sada Ishq Aey6
KhwaabNiraj ChagThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge7
Kabhi kabhiRageDeewana9
GulabiEvolutionShake Your Body2
Aao, aao, aaoTee-MEarthiotic7
DisappearedTee-MEarthiotic3
Thinkin' 'bout James BrownTee-MSampler2
Saman hay yeh mustanaJawad AhmadUcchayan Majajan Vaali10
Wanjhi waleriaRabi PirzadaMujhay Ishq hai4
Hari om hariTS Soundz (Chicago Mix)Kick Back 27
Anoushka ShankarBreathing Under Water2
SayanjiUstad Sultan Khan & Joe ClausellRare Elements7
LamentEarthtribeStar Rise8

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Khuda Kay Liye

Had a chance to watch Khuda Kay Liye tonight at a screening conducted by the local PSA. You may recall that I have played several songs from this film on Sangam. There was a discussion after the movie on the questions and issues raised by it (basically issues of "Muslimness", culture, and identity) but sadly I didn’t have time to stay for it (other duties called).

This is more of a reaction to the film rather than a proper review but I thought I would share it with you in case you were interested. Information about the movie can be found on its official site: http://www.inthenameofgod.com/

The story is enjoyable though no novel themes are explored. Some parts were insufficiently motivated, for instance no convincing context was provided for why one of the main characters (Sarmad, the younger brother) had a resurgence of religiosity. That also highlights an issue with the pacing of the film. It did not allow sufficient time to develop a theme or a certain scene and yet seemed to drag on. Perhaps it would have been better to explore fewer ideas; though I suspect that a more expert director and editor probably could have packed things together more effectively.

The acting is rather mediocre; quite amateurish from some of the actors. You have seen better on TV dramas. Some of that could have been due to the script where both phrasing and the switch between Urdu and English for some of the lines seems quite forced. The language used by the older brother when speaking to his younger brother sounded like Bollywoodese Hindi rather than what one would expect given their family backgrounds. Finally, some ends were left dangling at the conclusion of the movie. What happened to some of the supporting characters? It is within the prerogative of the storywriter and director not to account for those but, still, it felt a little awkward.

Some portions of the film did move me but I suspect that was because they triggered emotions associated with specific elements of my cultural and religious background rather than eliciting universal human reactions due to the excellence of film craft. Someone walking into the movie with a different background could be left totally unmoved.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie and would suggest that you watch it but modulate your expectations appropriately. It is neither a Hollywood blockbuster nor Masterpiece Theater. Good effort. It is nice that Shoaib Mansoor made the film and that there is interest in developing Pakistani cinema into something artistic and professional. However this movie is definitely a product at the beginning of that process and quite a bit of work remains to be done before something competitive strictly on film-making merit is produced.

Some of the music from the movie, though, is very nice and I’ll play certain tracks again on Sangam. Stay tuned.

It is interesting that Pakistani music is highly competitive globally. Some of the music videos, even, compete every effectively with the best productions from other countries. Pakistani film though has a ways to go. I think if the number of productions increases and more new directors, actors, and producers get involved, film quality will improve quickly.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Sangam playlist for 09 February, 2008

Hello,

A little ahead for once, here is a preview of the February 09 edition of Sangam.

Note that Rajib has promised to come by with some Bangla hip-hop!

And, put on your dancing shoes; there is a dance set beginning with Tora Tora. Get warmed up and step out. I'll be going clubbing after the show; perhaps I'll see you at one of the joints. (-:

Note, Sangam has moved to Saturday from 5:00-7:00 pm US Central Time (22:00-24:00 UTC).
You can listen to the live audiostream here:
http://kfai.org/smil/kfailive.ram

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 09 February, here:
http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/Sangam/Sangam(2008-02-09).rm

Call me during the show on the studio line at 612-341-0980.

My next program will be on March 08.



Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Yeh naaz, yeh andaazSaleem RazaBest of Saleem Raza1
Jab hum nahin hongeRoona LailaBest of Roona Laila13
AadatAtif AslamThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge4
Vo kuchKiran AhluwaliaKiran Ahluwalia1
O hasinaShariq Roomi & Rabi PirzadaA Tribute to Muhammad Rafi9
Disco deewaneNazia HassanBest of Nazia Hassan, Album 211
Say na, say naRobert Uhlmann (Destiny Mix)Streets of Bollywood and Beyond1
Ucchayan majajan vaaliJawad AhmadUcchayan Majajan Vaali2
Captain bhangre daRavi BalThe Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance3
JattAbrar ul HaqNaraa Sada Ishq Aey3
JogiRageDeewana8
JogiaBlack WarrantCompilation 2008 January 1212
BurnAnoushka ShankarBreathing Under Water1
Mahi vayKhuda Kay LiyeKhuda Kay Liye9
Voh hay tera khudaJawad AhmadUcchayan Majajan Vaali9
Never give upTribaliThe Rough Guide to Indian Lounge6
Tora toraTS Soundz (Chicago Mix)Kick Back 26
NachnaRabi PirzadaMujhay Ishq hai3
Maula (Bhangra-Hydrate Vocal Mix)Sultan Khan & Ralphi RosarioRare Elements6
Sweet pain remixJoiStar Rise1

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sangam Playlist for 12 Janaury, 2008

Better late than never. Right?

You can stream the music till the 26th of January.

The archived audiostream will be available for two weeks after 7:00 pm US Central Time (24:00 UTC), 12 January, at this link:
http://helix.kfai.org/ramgen/replay/%20Sangam/Sangam(2008-01-12).rm

My next program will be on 09 February, 2008.

Track TitleArtistAlbumTrack No.
Tera naam mera naamMalaBest of Mala7
Tum hi ho mehboobMasood RanaBest of Masood Rana12
Boom BoomNazia HassanBest of Nazia Hassan, Album 212
Main tujh se pyar karta hoonJawad AhmadBol Tujhe Kya Chahiye10
Piya ghar aayaTS Soundz (Chicago Mix)Kick Back 23
Naraa sada ishq aeyAbrar ul HaqNaraa Sada Ishq Aey4
You've got somethingOmar InayatBe The One1
HeeraRabbi ShergillBulla Ki Jana3
Kaga jaZaaviaCompilation 2008 January 127
Baat kerniEvolutionShake Your Body12
SaajnaLaganCompilation 2008 January 129
SajnaJunoonParvaaz4
ArmaanSiegeCompilation 2008 January 1211
Allah HooKhuda Kay Liye8
Ma'aiy ni main kinoon aakhanHamid Ali BelaKaafian1
Tere ishq nachayaAbida ParveenMahi Yaar Di Ghadoli Bhardi3
Supreme ishqRiaz Ali QadriSupreme Ishq1
GhoomJunoonParvaaz5
Ghoom CharakhnaTalvin Singh and Najma AkhtarCompilation, 2005 October 109
EquationEqual 1Anokha - Sounds of the Asian Underground9
Fufillment in dubJoiRough Guide to the Asian Underground4