We started the show with a new track from Kae Sun, born in Ghana and living in Toronto (his new EP is available as a free download here), heard a set of Bachata from the Domincan Republic and some great Nigerian reissues, plus music from Kenya, Uganda, Cape Verde and points beyond with Brad, Jojo and Charlie.
The Minneapolis skyline changed dramatically in the early 1970s, after two small real estate developers with ambitious dreams initiated a complex redevelopment of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. With a design by renowned Minnesota architect Ralph Rapson, and guaranteed loans from the federal government, Gloria Segal and Keith Heller were determined to build a high-density community with a diverse mix of ages, nationalities and incomes. KFAI producers Jessica Folker and Susan Gray spoke with urban planning experts, along with past and current residents, to learn how the Cedar Square West development evolved to become home to many East African refugees.
Another week with a ton of new stuff… Starting off with the excellent album “Ernest” from Volfoniq, following up with the new Paproota Dub Compilation Vol.2. From there we flowed into new tunes by Ashley (from “Land of Dub” on Dubkey), Nappy Riddem (on Fort Knox), See-I, Moshi Kamachi, Illuminati Congo, and our own Mutant Frogs.
Scott Berger, a singer from the VocalEssence Chorus, speaks to us this evening about the outstanding choral Ensemble and Chorus and their director, Philip Brunelle. VocalEssence is giving a series of concerts featuring French Christmas carols, which will appear on a new cd. VocalEssence plays to packed audiences at each concert and is known for the beauty and originality of their singing. These Christmas concerts also showcase new carols commissioned by Philip Brunelle.