Tonight we debuted the excellent new Durban Chamber album from Dubsalon; some heavy Alpha Steppa dubplates; and a very cool new EP from Andreia Dacal (on Fresh Poulp). On top of this we featured The Dub Zone Mix #102 “4 Corners of Dub”, and highlighted some of the artists at the 2011 Bayfront Reggae and World Music Fest – including Nkulee Dube, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Steel Pulse. Finally, in the final hour DJ Baby Swiss put together a fun all-Japan mix featuring: Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Sugar Plant, Perfume, Mantis, Haruomi Hosono, Capsule, and Flare (a.k.a. Ken Ishii).
Tonight is our Bastille Day program, celebrating the overthrow of the French Monarchy. Music will include the national anthem, la Marseillaise, in several versions. Other songs are from the time (1789) and some are modern based on the theme of the French Revolution. Louise and Caryl will also tell of past memories of their 14 juillet, along with announcements of present-day celebrations.
Octogenarian Cornbread Harris still gigs around in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he’s also renowned for his famous son—music producer Jimmy “Jam” Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani. Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist. He is currently the subject of a documentary in production titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris” by Thomas Zocher.