Roots

Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer stopped by the studio today. They performed some song live in-studio, plus we played a few tracks from Martin’s newest release “West End”. Thanks to the guys for coming in, they sounded great.

New releases today included music by Robbie Robertson, Ray Bonneville, Steve Earle, and Martin Devaney.

If you’d like to see the playlist, click “more” below. The archive of the show will be available for a couple of weeks. Music starts around 4 minutes into the archive, following the newscast.

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Tonight was the debut of the new album from the Professor (Harrison Stafford) entitled “Madness”. The Groundation frontman came up with the “Madness” project while in Jamaica…after taking a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A fantastic album which includes Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, U-Roy, Obeah Denton, Flabba Holt, and others… Also new tonight were two new releases coming from DJ Perch: a new Deep Root single featuring Abassi All Stars and Vibronics, plus a Universal Egg single from an upcoming album by Fire In the Hole. And because the local weather has drastically warmed up in the last couple of days, a Dub Club Tiki Lounge set seemed the order of the day. This was, among other things, a perfect excuse for DJ Baby Swiss to indulge his Shiina Ringo obsession with a brand-new Tokyo Jihen big-band track(!) Yes, you read that right, and the release date is this show’s airdate, 5/11! The Specials, Caro Emerald, The Pepper Pots, Martin Denny, Al Kealoha Perry (unrelated to Lee) and Full Moon Scientist are among the other artists who figured into the proceedings, and Mutant Frogs brought up the rear.

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Conversation with MN-raised, Nashville-based songwriter Sally Barris and new music from Jill Sobule, Sarah Jarosz Emmylou!

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Brute Heart members Crystal Myslajek and Crystal Brinkman, and Chris Berry, their Soft Abuse record label rep shared songs from their forthcoming record Lonely Hunter and favorite songs.

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Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series

1. May is Minnesota American Indian Month
Produced by Allison Herrera
May is Minnesota American Indian Month. KFAI’s Allison Herrera attended the kickoff event in Minneapolis, and spoke to Bill Ziegler, president of Little Earth of United Tribes.

2. Ethiopian musical artists Teshome Yimer & Beytubekii
Produced by Allison Herrera
You don’t have to travel to the Horn of Africa to hear the sounds of Ethiopian music. A recent spring afternoon at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis included a blend of traditional Ethiopian and American soul music by artist Teshome Yimer, as well as a performance by Oromo band, Beytubekii. KFAI’s Allison Herrera has the story.

3. Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association
Produced by Mahi Palanisami
Capoeira is a martial art created and practiced by runaway slaves in Brazil during Portuguese colonization. It’s a combination of instrument playing, singing, and vigorous physical exercise. KFAI producer Mahi Palanisami spoke to members of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association here in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Afro-Brazilian Capoeria Association, including classes for adults and youth, go to abcapoeira.com.

4. Say Word! Festival
Produced by Katey DeCelle
What started as an after-school poetry club, has evolved into a competitive youth poetry festival. On May 7, a spoken word festival called Say Word! took place at the Minneapolis Central Library. The one-day event featured dance performances, open mics, workshops, and youth teams competing in a series of poetry slams, aimed at crowning the 2011 Say Word! champions. KFAI producer Katey DeCelle spoke to founders e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage about the event.

5. Clickety-Clack: A Visit to Vale Typewriter
Produced by Todd Melby
The typewriter is oh-so nineteenth and twentieth century. Still, some people like the clickety-clack sound they make. Producer Todd Melby is one of them. He found a guy that still tinkers with the old machines. A visit to Vale Typewriter of Richfield, Minnesota.

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Today, during the second hour we had an interview with Minnesota treasure, Charlie Parr. We heard live music from a 2009 show at Arcadia Cafe.

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This was a special Mother’s day edition of Songs of Praise.
Thanks to Evangelist Ruth Miller of Ruth Miller Ministries for her participation in this once a year event.

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