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a few pictures from Nelsonville Music Festival, Saturday

Rain once again put a damper on the headlining acts at the Nelsonville Music Festival Saturday night. Wilco did take the stage eventually, but by then I was snug in my back-up-plan hotel room.

Nelsonville Pro-Tip #2: Always have a back-up plan.

Most of the day was bright and full of sound, though. Here's a few snapshots. Audio snippets are coming in the next entry.


Wheels on Fire - Still my favorite Athens band, making their third consecutive appearance at the festival. A three-piece this time.


Jonathan Richman - Jonathan strummed, danced, and exhorted us to engage fully in life.


Sharon Van Etten - a much more personable and cheerful stage presence than her music would lead you to expect.


Calexico's Horn Players - I opted for this shot over the full band photo. These guys were good. Lots of sound checking and audio-tech strife prior to this brief but very good set on the main stage.

Nelsonville Music Festival - Friday

The Porch Stage was the place to be at the Nelsonville Music Festival, as a string of loud rockers of various genres took over after mid-day. There is a sampling of clips from various sets below.

The rain we had all been fretting about arrived in time to push the headliner, Cat Power, back to a 10:30 start. A fearless and soggy bunch took in her set and blistering sets by Screaming Females and the Reigning Sound.

Unfortunately The Coup had to abbreviate their set in order to get everything done before 2 a.m.

Rested (a bit), showered, back at it again...

Nelsonville Music Festival - Thursday Night

The Nelsonville Music festival is in full swing. Thursday night offered up some of Athens' finest local acts, including Hex Net, Unmonumental, D-Rays, and the Makebelieves.

Headliners Gogol Bordello killed it. I don't have any pictures from their set, but trust me. They set the stage on fire. Jeff Tweedy should just turned the bus around right now and head back to Chicago, for Gogol Bordello will not be topped.

Nelsonville Pro Tip #1: If you actually want to sleep, request Family Camping when you pull into the campsite. Our campsite rules and it even has wifi.

Some snapshots:

Unmonumental - Featuring Stuart's Opera House's own Brian Koscho


Hip-swinging salsa from Los Hacheros - Catch them again on the main stage today at 4:30


Hex Net


Wild Belle


The Makebelieves

Berbers from america

tonight's show is a tribute to the activist mohamed haroun, the journalist tahar djaout, and the singer cherifa.

Berbers from America

Dance music and joyful songs to hit the dance floor

Berbers From America

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms listening to my show. For this special occasion, I'll be playing songs describing moms and performing by El ghazi, Siham Stiti, Mohamed Allaoua, Makhlouf, Karima, Alilou, Hamidou, R KAM and Rachid Koceila

Berbers from America

Thank you for joining me again today on Berbers from America.

I'll be talking about the book: Muhand Abdelkrim di Dawla n Ripublik by Aumer U Lamara, about launching of the nwe Amazigh TV of Libya, the performance of Numidia Band in Mawazin Festival of Morocco, about the Chawi Singer Markunda, and I'll be playing the songs of Idban n Rif,Said Zerwali, Milouda, Mimoun Rafrou, Abdelmoula, Numidia Band, Markunda, and Tatrit Band.

For any suggestions please send your feedback to sonialadjadj@yahoo.com

Berber Spring

Today we'll talk about the double berber springs of April 20th 1980 and the black srping of april 20th 2001. We also have a short biography of Ferhat Mehenni the leader of GPK, and protestant singer, and we'll be playing songs of Matoub Lounes, Lounis Ait MEnguellet, Abderrahmane Oulahlou and Ferhat Mehenni.
Thank you for being with us.

The Berber Spring (in Berber: Tafsut Imaziɣen or simply Tafsut for "Spring") was a period of political protest and civil activism in 1980 claiming recognition of the Berber identity and language in Algeria with events mainly taking place in Kabylie and Algiers. The background was marked by two decades of harsh Arabization measures instituted by the Arab nationalist FLN dictatorship government, which refused to recognize Algeria's Berber identity and banned the Berber language altogether.

The Berber Spring is traditionally dated as beginning on March 10, 1980 with the banning of a conference due to be held by the Kabyle intellectual Mouloud Mammeri at Hasnaoua University in Tizi-Ouzou. A critical point was the coordinated arrest of hundreds of Berber activists, students and doctors on April 20, sparking a general strike.

While the Berber Spring was in the end violently suppressed by the Algerian authorities, it created a lasting legacy for Kabylie and the Berbers across North Africa. Many of today's prominent Kabyle politicians and activists made their name during the Berber Spring events, and organizations such as the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) and the Berber Cultural Movement (Mouvement Culturel Berbère – MCB) were later created by activists of the Spring. The Spring was also an important event for Algeria's nascent human rights community, including outside Berber circles.

Berbers from America

Hi to all our faithful listeners.

We'll be talking tonight about Massinissa d King of Numidia, about his battles and kingdom, we will talk about the play Massinissa the Black Man, and also about Helen Hagan's book and the 2013 Rabah Asma's new album and touring in Algeria to promote the album and celebrate his Come Back for his 30th anniversay of singing.

The song we'll be playing are: Arwah( come to me) by Matoub Lounes, Massinissa agellid n Numidia(Massinissa the king of Numidia)by Meksa Abdelkader, L'Afrik i yerfiqen(Africa belongs to Africans) by Tagrawla, Amusnaw(The wise man) by Lounis Ait Menguellat, and Rabah Asma will sing Hemlaghkem seg ul(I love you with all my heart).

Here is a trailer about Massinissa's play, just for you.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUfTtfayhqI

stay tuned tonight at 6:00 pm on WCRS, Berbers from America is hosted by Sonia Ladjadj

Berbers from America

Our weekly show is going to talk about the famous actress Salima Laidi who passed last thursday, and the tribute paid to Dahmane EL Harrachi and the upcoming events and the participation of algerian movies in new york film festival, the new album of Yacine Amrar, and Farid Ferragui's concert in Canada.

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