Tension grows as we approach the 1st of October

The scream​ of “independence, independence” won’t stop on the streets of Barcelona. The protest that took place yesterday involved thousands of people shouting for independence and justice. Civil guards arrested 14 people yesterday, a few of them involved important members of the Catalan government. Carme Forcadell (Catalan politician) gave a speech declaring that Spain has attacked the institution and the dignity of Catalonia. She emphasised that it was anti-democratic and the Catalans are free to decide what they want to do with their future.

Today, Catalan’s protest continued in front of “la guarda civil”, where some protestors were previously arrested, with banners proclaiming that “Catalonia is not Spain”, “we are Catalans not Spanish”. As the tension grows, the primer minister Rajoy insists that the referendum is illegal as it is not part of Spain’s constitution, thus they cannot decide for themselves. However, the Catalan government wants to go forward with the referendum.

Even though the referendum was suspended by the constitutional court, Catatonia’s government is doing everything within their reach to go forward with the plan, telling the population to trust them and vote.

The treasury department ruled by Cristobal Montoro has blocked this morning, all bank accounts of the generalitat (the institution under which the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain is politically organised) and from now on, they can only pay bills and use the money if it’s proved that they are not destined for the referendum and it also affects the administration and the companies.

Fábio Whitaker

Spread the love

Do you need a studio for your podcasts, pre-recorded shows, radio training? We have a studio available to rent at the evening or on  weekends, if you are interested e mail us.

[email protected]

Spread the love

The most illegal referendum in the world : Updates

The YES campaign is firmly underway after a major rally in Tarragona last night. Held in the traditional bull ring, police had threatened to prevent the event taking place but did not follow through. The Yes campaign will be dependent on such events in the context of not being allowed any advertisements in the National press apart from state backed Barcelona TV.

Meanwhile 700 Catalan Mayors who are supporting the illegal referendum, have been summoned by the Public Prosecutor, however, it is considered to be sabre rattling by Madrid and unlikely to result in any real action.

Where are the ballot boxes? Is a question many are asking as police had also been given instructions to seize them, but for the moment they are safely hidden in Galicia and not likely to be shipped to Cataluna until the day before the vote.

Will the vote go ahead? It’s likely the police will be given instructions to prevent polling from occurring but its also likely they will not prevent people from actually voting.

The latest polls? In recent years polls had indicated a 50/50 split amongst voters for independence and just two months ago the Yes camp had seen a fall in support. However, the tough approach by Madrid has fuelled support and if a legal referendum occurred today the final result would be too close to call.

Spread the love

Saturday Afternoons

Saturday afternoons have a new sound across 107.3FM.

Middays to 2pm sees Gigi and Butler flirtatiously entertain Barcelona with a mix of classic tunes and groovy remixes which they seem to achieve from under the duvet!

2pm we turn east as Sandro Escobar, originally from the Ural Mountains in Russia but now playing his House tunes in the mix surrounded by more beautiful Russian woman than you can throw a stick at.

3pm we welcome on air Barcelona resident “Jonny Loves House” and indeed loving house music is what Jonny does best.

Spread the love

Texas Based Atlas Maior to Perform on Going Deep with Billy Harfosh

International World Jazz group Atlas Maior will join Billy Harfosh on his weekly radio show Going Deep on September 4th at 15:00.  The award winning Texas based group will speak about their eclectic melodies, diverse musical traditions and perform an intimate concert live at Barcelona City FM. 

Press Release:

Atlas Maior Announces Upcoming Tour in Spain

Austin, TX-based world music fusion group to perform in Barcelona, Andalusia region, and at Pueblos Blancos Music Festival in Spain: September 1 – 10th, 2017


Austin, Texas – The world music fusion group Atlas Maior has announced their upcoming international tour in Spain September 1st through 10th, 2017.  The instrumental world music trio will play shows in Barcelona, including a performance at 23 Robadors on September 1st and  a live in-studio exclusive with “Going Deep with Billy Harfosh” on Barcelona City FM on September 4th.  Atlas Maior is also performing throughout Spain’s Andalusia region, including a show at Sala Milwaukee in El Puerto de Santa María on September 6th, and September 7th-9th as an official performing artist of the Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, a series of concerts, meetings & cultural exchanges with international bands and local artists in the beautiful mountain villages of Ronda, Montejaque, Grazalema & Villaluenga del Rosario, Spain.  

Atlas Maior welcomes opportunities for additional bookings, local media interviews, performance reviews, or other opportunities including educational workshops and demonstrations in Barcelona September 1st-5th.

About Atlas Maior:
Atlas Maior maps diverse musical traditions, placing Jazz, Middle Eastern, and Latin American musical idioms in dialogue with one another.  The group composes music that pays homage to the stewards of these traditions and their cultural and geographic origins. Band members Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone, flutes), Charlie Lockwood (oud), and Ted Camat (percussion) create a unique sound that balances intimate moments of sincerity with powerful melodies and incendiary rhythmic passages.  Thomson and Lockwood write original melodies exploring maqamat (the Middle Eastern modal system) and harmonic progressions of American jazz.  Percussionist Ted Camat applies a wide variety of rhythms and traditional percussion instruments including the Middle Eastern dumbek, Peruvian cajón, and Brazilian pandero.

In October 2015 Atlas Maior released their fourth studio album Keyif EP.  Keyif  received positive reviews and media placement from KUTX, Austin’s National Public Radio affiliate network, All About Jazz, World Music Central, UTNE Reader, Midwest Record and more.  Atlas Maior has toured internationally in Turkey and Spain, and has received  hometown recognition with the proclamation of “Atlas Maior Day” on March 27, 2014 by Austin’s City Council. They have opened for internationally acclaimed artists Vieux Farka Touré and Tal National, and have performed at music festivals including Wobeonfest, Art Outside, SXSW, and the City of Austin’s F1 Fan Fest.  The group has collaborated with a host of talented musicians in Austin and from around the world, including Atash, Fared Shafinury, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani of Thievery Corporation, Layalina, The University of Texas at Austin Middle East Ensemble Bereket, The Austin Global Orchestra and many more.

For more information, promo requests, or set up an interview, please contact:
Joshua Thomson, Silver Phantom Booking  
+1(313)258-0378
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/atlasmaior

www.atlasmaior.com

 

Spread the love

500,000 people say “No Tinc Por”

Half a million people marched Passeig de Gràcia this Sunday protesting against terror attacks and for peace. The march was led by the King of Spain Felipe VI, Spanish president Mariano Rajoy, Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and city major Ada Colau.

The general tenets were solidarity, peace and highlighting that this was not just about a conflict with Islam

Some of the banners read: “Imagine a country that does not sell arms”, “Felipe, whoever seeks peace does not sell weapons” and “NO jihad and no crusades”. People were also holding flags, most of them Catalan and Spanish, but also some Bolivian, Venezuelan and Tibetan flags amongst others as well.

The biggest applause was for the police, who are regarded as dealing with the aftermath and investigation very well.

The biggest boos were for the king as he drove away past people that supported independence and during political interviews afterwards.

Spread the love

The politics of peace

The march for peace, scheduled for 18.00 today, will be led by Ada Calau who said in La Vanguardia  Barcelona has spoken to the world. Because what has happened is a global phenomenon that other cities suffer, but in Barcelona the first reaction has been a strong and ironclad unity, truly “Not tinc por”.

Up to 100,000 people are expected and people are encouraged to arrive early as there are many travel disruptions in the meeting area.

16,000 protestors were seen in Cabrills also protesting for peace and included representatives of the Muslim community stating that the men who committed the terrorist acts did not represent them.

The President of the Generalitat, Carlos Pudigemont has accused Spain’s Prime minister Marianna Rajoy of politizing the subject of security following the attacks, highlighting that Spain has not increased resources to the Mossos despite numerous requests. It has also become apparent that one of the intelligence failures running up to the attacks was that the CIA had informed the National intelligence agency in Spain of a possible attack but this had not been passed on to Catalan security authorities.

Catalan police are not without blame, however.  Intelligence provided by Belgian authorities concerning the Iman, Es Satty, now known to be the architect of the attacks who was blown up in the house explosion in Alcanar was passed to authorities but not acted upon.  National police organisations are also complaining about being left out of post attack investigations by Catalan authorities.

 

 

 

Spread the love

One of the suspect’s of last week’s terror attacks, freed

In the aftermath of last week’s attacks, Salh el Karib, has been freed, but his passport confiscated  and will be required to attend court at least once a week. He was one of the four  people arrested after the attacks in Les Rambles in Barcelona. On Tuesday, Mohammed Alla was also released given that the evidence against him was not solid enough according to the judge. On the other hand, Driss Oukabir and Mohammed Houli Chemlal have been charged with murder, membership of a terrorist organization and possession of explosives.

Juan Ignacio Zoido, Spanish Minister of Interior, has confirmed that Spain’s terrorist threat remains at level 4.

Spread the love

March for peace in Barcelona

Civil society organizations and Barcelona’s Ajuntament are joining forces this Saturday to host a march for peace against terror this Saturday afternoon in Passeig de Gràcia.

This is partly a response from some political groups against the minute of silence hosted in Plaça Catalunya the day after the attack, since these groups find some of the attendants at that event (like Mariano Rajoy and the King Felipe VI) responsible for collaborating with countries that promote terrorism. This Saturday’s march is going to be focused on citizen cooperation and solidarity, acknowledgement for the victims of the attacks and defense of the muslim community. This march will be attended  by many groups and organizations including  representatives from muslim entities, emergency services, taxi drivers, Guàrdia Urbana, Mossos d’Esquadra, city cleaning staff, firefighters, hospital professionals and the residents and professionals from Las Ramblas. The slogan will  be “No tinc por” (“I’m not afraid”)  in different languages.

The march will be starting at 6pm at Jardinets de Gràcia and finishing at Plaça Catalunya.

Spread the love

Younes Abouyaaqoub, attacker in Les Rambles, dead

Reports confirm that Younes Abouyaaqoub has been shot by Police in Subirats but police action continues, with local residents advised to stay at home and avoid using their vehicles.

Barcelona residents breathe a sigh of relief following the news. “Thank god its coming to an end”, said Pedro Fernandez to BarcelonaCityFM.
Following the terrorist attack on Thursday in Las Ramblas, the Mossos released a picture of Younes Abouyaaqoub asking the public for any information. He was consequently identified by a woman who claims to have seen him in Subirats, in the Penedés region.
The woman approached and asked him what he was doing near her home, causing the suspect to flee. She then called the police who responded quickly and gunned him down. The terrorist was found wearing a suicide belt and screaming “Allahu Akbar”. TEDAX, the Spanish explosives department, are still working to determine if the explosive device was real or fake, like the ones used in Cambrils.

Younes had ran over people in Las Ramblas last Thursday, then escaped through Mercat de la Boqueria and walked to Zona Universitaria. There he stabbed the 15th victim, Pau Pérez and escaped alongAvinguda Diagonal in his vehicle. He drove past a police checkpoint, injuring a policeman and the vehicle was found in front of Sant Just Desvern’s Walden building, but Abouyaaqoub was not at the scene.

Spread the love