World Music

“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.

Links to Maria Isa:
www.sotarico.com
www.myspace.com/mariaisalolita

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Latinos en NYC!!!!

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Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voice series:

1. Fontmaker & Alphabetician, Chank Diesel
Produced by Susan Gray
Mister Stinky, Broken Dreams, and Flubber are just a few of the 300 unique fonts created by Twin Cities typographer Chank Diesel. With the recent introduction of open font formats on the web, the number of typography choices for consumers and designers is rapidly expanding. KFAI’s Susan Gray met with Chank to learn how digital technology has changed the way fonts are created and distributed, how font choices impact memory retention, and what Arial did to Helvetica.

2. Rogue Buddha Gallery
Produced by Michelle Bruch
Rogue Buddha Gallery has become famous for its haunting artwork and talented contributors. One of the first hot spots to turn Northeast Minneapolis’ 13th Avenue into an arts destination, it has survived more than decade as other galleries have come and gone. KFAI’s Michelle Brook spoke to artist and gallery owner Nicholas Harper.

3. Youth Farm & Market Project
Produced by Dan Greenwood
The Twin Cities Youth Farm and Market Project empowers young people through environmental stewardship, farming and community outreach. What started out as a community garden project with 10 kids in 1995, has grown to serve 500 youth year round in multiple neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. KFAI’s Dan Greenwood attended a weeknight program in south Minneapolis, where kids prepared and served food for a neighborhood.

4. Forte Drums
Produced by Nancy Sartor
Rob DeMarais disassembled his first drum kit when he was 12. Decades later he’s still reconstructing and repairing trap sets, and is recognized as a master craftsman of custom-built drums. KFAI’s Nancy Sartor met Rob at his Columbia Heights drum shop, Forte Drums, to ogle the percussive eye-candy and meet one of Forte’s more unconventional students—79-year-old Char Johnson.

5. Prison Poetry
Produced by Elena Erofeeva
April is National Poetry Month, and KFAI has been broadcasting related stories. In this segment, producer Elena Erofeeva discovers poetry from inside Hennepin County’s correctional facilities, and the published works of men, women and juveniles behind bars.

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