Another night of great new releases, some cool reggae oldies, some world sounds, and a few real eclectic items. Kicking off the fun with fresh new roots from Human Digital (on the “Doodad EP” from McPullish’s Charlie’s Records); Yabass Yaba Radics (featuring Michael Rose); Downtown Beat (from the album “Home” on LaFamille); Lord Hissayas (from Moshi Kamachi’s excellent Earth Strong Vol. 1 compilation on KingDub); Ras Bruno (with Culture Bown & Sista Caro) on Dan Dada Records; Jashwa Moses from his upcoming 12” release on Sugar Shack and Martin Zobel & Soulrise from the sublime “Land of the Free” album on Irie Vibrations (released June 2012). More new sounds from Black Roots, Signal Orange (from the clubby “Flugestunde Eins” compilation from the Libelle group/label), Ephraim Juda, Kabaka Pyramid, and Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon’s latest project). In the great oldies department we had Laurel Aitken, Yabby You (aka Yabby U), Wayne Jarrett & Silver Fox, Pablo Gad, among others. World-wise sounds coming in from Souljazz Orchestra, Rupa & the April Fishes, Novalima, Beats Antique, Dub Colossus, and others. And in DJ Baby Swiss’ eclectix mix we found Emil Richards & the Microtonal Blues Band, Jah Wobble & Deep Space, Mutant Frogs, YMCK, and “Nashville Sputnik: The Deep South/Outer Space Productions of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan”. How’s that for a variety of cool sounds?
Author Joyce Nelson Shellhart won my show in a silent auction for the Banfield-Locke Center of The Arts in Fridley and came on the show today to co-host. She talked about her book: “Dress to Impress” and she learned how to be a blues DJ. www.dressingforwork.com. See play list below
Ryan Bouchey returned to Spin with Cyn. We spun songs of warmth and summer sun to provide a mental vacation from the harsh winter cold. We also spun songs from Oscar nominees and new songs from Absolutely Cuckoo: Minnesota covers Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs.
Third Home from Burma: Minnesota’s Karen Community
Produced by Marisa Helms
The fastest-growing refugee community in Minnesota over the past few years is a population from Southeast Asia most Minnesotans have never heard of—the Karen (pronounced Kuh-RENN). The nearly 7,000 Karen living here, mostly on the east side of St. Paul, have kept a low profile since they first started arriving in 2000. Their journey to Minnesota has been long and difficult. The Karen are an oppressed ethnic minority from Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, and for more than 60 years, innocent Karen men, women and children have become displaced by violence and civil war. Like many refugees who come to Minnesota, the Karen are here because they want to be safe and free from persecution. Most importantly, they want to give their children a better life and a good education. As producer Marisa Helms reports in this MinneCulture audio documentary, the story of the Karen is about resilience and the survival of a community and culture. Here in Minnesota, the Karen have found refuge, and finally, hope for the future.