World Music

Steely lays it down with a cooled-out set of Island Funk, Boogaloo, Afro Beat, and Early Dancehall… featuring sides by E Rodney Jones, Carlos Malcolm, Blue Rhythm Combo, King Errison, Bobby Valentin, Javier Vazquez y su Salsa, The Llijadu Sisters, Kelenkye Band, Papa Yankson, Brigadier Jerry, Dennis Alcapone, & more….

This program presents “Fandango” and its variations, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Quilapayún, Astor Piazzolla, and songs related to the literature segment: Fragments from “El amor en los tiempos del cólera” read by the author, Gabriel García Márquez.

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What do Charlie Mingus, Chano Dominguez, and Sergio Pamies have in common? You'll have to listen to figure this out. Hint: This show is the start of Kristina's conversation with flamenco/jazz pianist/composer Sergio Pamies.

Looking for some township jazz and jive to enhance your day? Look no further than today’s African Rhythms. Also: new music from Staff Benda Bilili and Bibi Tanga, vintage sounds courtesy of The Funkees, Afro Funk, and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou-Dahomey, and much more…

Minnesota’s Karen Community: Third Home from Burma

Produced by Marisa Helms

The fastest-growing refugee community in Minnesota over the past few years is a population from Southeast Asia most Minnesotans have never heard of—the Karen (pronounced Kuh-RENN). The nearly 7,000 Karen living here, mostly on the east side of St. Paul, have kept a low profile since they first started arriving in 2000. Their journey to Minnesota has been long and difficult. The Karen are an oppressed ethnic minority from Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, and for more than 60 years, innocent Karen men, women and children have become displaced by violence and civil war. Like many refugees who come to Minnesota, the Karen are here because they want to be safe and free from persecution. Most importantly, they want to give their children a better life and a good education. As producer Marisa Helms reports in this MinneCulture audio documentary, the story of the Karen is about resilience and the survival of a community and culture. Here in Minnesota, the Karen have found refuge, and finally, hope for the future.

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