Honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela and the music of struggle for his release and the ending of apartheid in So. Africa. What a legacy of music is left in his wake ! Including the voices of Miriam Makeba & Dorothy Masuka, Hugh Masekela, Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela, including even Gil Scott-Heron and his song, “Johannesburg”.

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela with jazz from South Africa

Drummer Peter Kogan, principal tympanist for the MN Orchestra, stopped by to play tracks from his jazz CD, Cornucopia, and talk about his upcoming gig at the Dakota. I also played tracks from Dick Weller, the New Orleans Legacy Ensemble, Ted Rosenthal, Pippi Ardenia, Kenny Horst, Jana Nyberg, and Art Pepper. The 45 of the week was a flexi-disc from the James Rivers Quartet entitled Safe Bet.

Episode #435 – Zigy Zigy Za means that I love you, dear listener.

12/5 in a nutshell…

For those of you who missed the Cabooze’s recent English Beat show, here’s fessin’ straight up: I’m one of you! I had a hankerin’ for a taste of what I missed, so on went their “Jeanette” 12” to launch the “Ooh” this week. Following that, what exactly does old-school U.S. dance-craze kingpin Arthur Murray have to do with “Jamaica Ska” you ask? Ask the Hip City Five, who contributed their Byron Lee cover to a Murray-branded and “discotheque”-themed 7“ep on RCA back in ’65. A partymaking round-up of ’60s and ’70s ska later, we find ourselves orbiting Sherwood’s Planet, where Mr. Funn opens with the Emil Richards calendar-album track “Turquoise (December)” and follows-up with singer Druid Chase before serving up a “Mint Julep” while “Boogie Woogie Cha Cha”-ing straight outa “Perdido”. Appropriately for December, we hear Robert Drasnin’s “Three Views of Havana” premiered live at the Fine Line by an outfit calling itself ICE (a.k.a. the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble). Interesting fact: “Three Views” was written specifically for the Fine Line gig, and Mr. Drasnin is known to have performed his piece with the Ensemble on occasion, though I can’t prove he’s actually on the Fine Line take, despite my previous playlist entries from years past indicating that (i thought) he was. Anyway, the Tokyo Bay Samba (really known as “Tengoku e Youkoso” or, “Where’s Heaven”, which isn’t a translation, “incidentally”) graced this week’s Planet for the third time in as many weeks! We must be lovin’ that thing around here. And, a track apiece by Tipsy and Messer Chups make their Sherwood’s debuts. Check ‘em! Die Tornados kick off the Home Stretch with their lick of the ole “Lollipop”, brand-new Umbrella Bed tunes made an appearance (as well as old fave “I Remember You”) and we did an all-local 5@5:05. Oh, and those Tornados came back for seconds, covering Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”. We reprised most of the night-closing last DJ set ever at the late, great King & I Thai restaurant, made up of tunes by, among others, The Kinks, Madness, Gichy Dan’s Beachwood #9 and Bad Manners. We’ll roll this set again on the 19th (2 days past the closing anniversary), this time in its entirety, ‘cuz I miss the King. Tune in and stay tuned…

Extra special guest poet, J. Otis Powell does his poet-ing in-studio ! Featuring pre-recorded pieces, straight up-no chaser poems, and live words affixed to a James Carter classic on top of that! All in anticipation of his performance next weekend, December 13 & 14 at Pangea World Theater, Lake & Lyndale. The show today ends with two tracks from Malamanya, in concert Friday night at the Cedar Cultural Center, Dec. 6 !

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