Opening with music of Brasil of Milton Nascimento from his Mass of the Runaway Slaves/ Missa dos Quilombos in northeast Brasil. Along with the Paul Robeson classic "Ol' Man River' and his work collaborating with Amazonian natives as well. Then a couple more from Anishinabeg artist, Annie Humphrey from her "Edge of America" release. Then a few from Larry Long in honor of his birthday and new cd release before a rare John Trudell track "Fables & Other Realities". A following set from Samiland artist Mari Boine leads back into an Afrobeat set in honor of the soon to visit Seun Kuti by
With roots firmly set in the Black American choral tradition, the Sounds of Blackness were founded in 1969 by Russell Knighton on the campus of Saint Paul’s Macalester College. Since 1971, Director Gary Dennis Hines has nurtured these Minnesota vocal and instrumental talents whose abilities cover several genres of music including gospel, R&B, soul and jazz. I spoke with Gary about what inspires his inspirational music direction. His ready response? The musical nurturing provided by his mother, Twin Cities Jazz Legend, the late Doris Hines.
Rock photographer Dan Corrigan and music journalist, Danny Sigelman, co-authors of "Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis" out on Minnesota Historical Society Press joined Spin with Cyn sharing stories about the book and Corrigan's photography of musicians over the years, and spun music of some of the artists featured in the book.