Today’s show started off with a radical reworking of the Beatles’ Blackbird (Dead of Night by Mauritian percussionist/singer Mo Kolours) and things kept moving in eclectic, serendipitous directions including cuts from Omar Sosa, Abdou Guité Seck and Céu (all with upcoming or ongoing Minneapolis performances).
“El Bombazo de Maria Isa” With some Eddie Palmieri gracing the background we roll out the jams for this episode of Radio Pocho. The talented Mari Isa joins us for the first time on the show, but after this interview it’s clear it won’t be the last time. She joins us to talk about the evolution of her career grounded by familia, cultura, and musica.
Check out some of her favorite cuts by Julio Voltio, La India and Eddie Palmieri. DJ Miguel Vargas and DJ Ren hit back with some Mexican cumbia, Venezuelan salsa and Afro Peruvian electronica.
We also feature some great Minneapolis funk by Jesse Johnson with additional cameos by Klymaxx, LL Cool J, Steve Jordan, and much much more.
Music and conversation with experimental band, Eclectic Ensemble.
Meet Tim Donahue, Charlie Hendrickson and John Vance—members of the Eclectic Ensemble. Awarded a 2011 Community Arts Grant, the trio will be performing May through October in outdoor locations throughout the Twin Cities.
Eclectic Ensemble is an ambient and improvisational group that runs on solar power and transports all its gear by bicycle. Eclectic Ensemble has been performing its Music of the Sun project for two years, and was captured live at Minnehaha Falls last summer.
This installment of MinneCulture features this unique group along with commentary from the band.
Music of the Sun is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.
Tonight the Echo Chamber presented the annual “Word Beat I Powa” dub poetry, beat poetry, and spoken word special to celebrate National Poetry Month. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation of the show, featuring poets Oku Onoura, Mutabaruka, Jean Binta Breeze, Jazzmin Tutum, Malachi Smith, Glenville Bryan, Lady Dawn, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson.
Tonight’s is Susan Smuschowski, director of the Minnesota Film Festival running until May 5 at the St. Anthony Main Cinema. Five screens will show international films during the day and the evening. Susan tells us of the French films which will be shown and of the variety of events at this largest of all film festivals.