Checkalo! Tonight is the debut of one of new our monthly DJs, Mr. Terrell Webb. The set list is Hot Spicy Chidos, with that Tapatio…

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Live from Minnesota presents…

Malamanya at the Cedar Cultural Center
Produced by Daniel Zamow

Malamanya is a Minneapolis-based band that blends orginal songwriting with traditional rhythms and melodies of Cuba, Central and South America. Acoustic-driven dance rhythms celebrate salsa and samba, and draw on organic forms of the past. Band members include: Adriana Rimpel (lead vocals), Jason Marks (trumpet), Jesse Marks (percussion/bell), Luis Ortega (percussion/congas), Tony Schriner (ppright bass/guitar) and Trevor May (tres/guitar). For more information on the band, go to Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

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Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles and Dead Man Winter was my guest on the show today. Dave brought in some cool tunes and we traded back and forth selecting the songs to play.

Dead Man Winter, Randy Weeks, Erik Koskinen, and Molly Maher will be playing a concert at the Cedar Cultural Center, Thursday, Feb. 23.

Randy Weeks and Erik Koskinen will be play my Freewheelin’ 1st Friday show at the 331 on Friday, March2. Free show.

Want to see the playlist of songs we played? Click the “more” button. You may also listen to the archive of the show from that page.

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Ron (formerly of Radio Rumpus Room) was privileged to sit in for Abbi tonight. This was a special edition called “Dart Gun Radio Is Turning Japanese,” with all artists heralding from the island of Nippon.

Portions of this program were broadcast in English.

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February is Black History Month, and to celebrate, the Pop Shop presents a tribute to AM soul. Billy Paul, Billy Preston, Bill Withers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and more. Plus, DJ Izzy Senior joins the show with select favorites.

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Five stories from our 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. Black Storytellers Alliance
Produced by Katey DeCelle
Minneapolis’ Black Storytellers Alliance is a nonprofit organization made up of master storytellers, educators and community supporters who use African-based storytelling methods to reach their audience. They perform for all ages—pre-schoolers to seniors—and emphasize values such as honesty, friendship, love, integrity, manners and self-determination.

2. Obsidian Arts
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi
Obsidian Arts is a collective located in the Pillsbury House in South Minneapolis. For more than eight years, Obsidian has supporting and promoting artists of color, challenging them to push creative boundaries. KFAI producer Michelle Alimoradi spoke to the Obsidian’s director, Roderick Southall.

3. Louis Alemayehu: Poet, musician and elder
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Louis Alemayehu is a poet, musician, educator and community elder. Born in Chicago of African and Native heritage, he developed artistically during the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s. Now a Minnesota resident, Louis is a founding member of Twin Cities music group Ancestor Energy—a group he’s performed with for more than 25 years.

4. Chemist Jeannette Brown
Produced by Will WrightJeannette Brown was the first African-American woman to earn a degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She spoke to KFAI producer Will Wright about her experience at the U of M in the 1950s, and her book, “African American Women Chemists.”

5. Toki Wright
Produced by Cristeta Boarini
Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He’s also an instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. KFAI producer Cristeta Boarini caught up with Toki to talk about his latest projects.

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I was pleased to have five very talented singers from the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network on the show this week. Also a wrap-up of Black History Month.