Roots

Honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela and the music of struggle for his release and the ending of apartheid in So. Africa. What a legacy of music is left in his wake ! Including the voices of Miriam Makeba & Dorothy Masuka, Hugh Masekela, Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela, including even Gil Scott-Heron and his song, “Johannesburg”.

Hosts: Mike Fischbein, David Cummings, Robert Easley, Mike Stapp
Guests: Rachel Nelson, Esther Ouray, Mary Turck, Kelly Bower
Programs: Listening Lounge
Reporters: Christina Cerruti

Tonight was a very special night in the Echo Chamber as Dr. StrangeDub & DJ Baby Swiss put together a Tribute to Nelson Mandela and the beautiful people of South Africa. Plenty of reggae tonight, but also some great South African music, more vinyl than usual, and even some excerpts from some ANC Radio Freedom broadcasts (including a message from Oliver Tambo). We kicked the show off with the great “Free Nelson Mandela” tune from the Special AKA (vocal + instrumental). This was followed by a version of the Satta Massagana riddim, retitled simply as “Mandela”, by Tommy McCook and the Abyssinians. Then came the moving new track “The Echo of Mandela” from Victoria Moralez. Great South African music filled much of the show, and included Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Lucky Dube, Nkulee Dube, Kalahari Surfers, Nelcy Sebide, Ghetto Muffin, Udokotela Shange Namajaha, DJ Dope, and Felix Laband. Also included were the conscious tunes “South Africa” from Mystic Mike; “(Something Inside) So Strong” from Labi Siffre; “A Girl Called Johannesburg’ from Mutabaruka; and “The Wind of Change” from Robert Wyatt & the SWAPO Singers.

The DJ Baby Swiss set started with The Special AKA’s radically-reinvented “Nelson Mandela ’88” — house-mixed and clocking in at 8+minutes… But the duration record for a single track played on Echo Chamber probably belongs to the mighty Fela, coming in as he did at 17:33 with the epic “Go Slow” from Music is the Weapon of the Future. Mad Professor and Hugh Masekela turned up again, Hugh from his mid-60s Mercury release grrr, and the Mad One from his Anti-Racist Dub Broadcast. Also in the decks were Rico, Dub Caravan & Hornsman Coyote, and Burning Spear. The tail-end of the show took a left-turn into “Seasonal” territory with Buford O’Sullivan’s “Winter Storm Warning” and the Billie Holiday/Yesking remix “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” just in time for those sub-zero temperatures.

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Ellis performs original holiday songs!

Cheat Day (formerly Barfly) lead Graham Herceg joined, spinning songs from new and older records as well as favorites, and stories stories of the punk and alt-rock scene over the years.

Music Host / Engineer: Jean Silverberg,
News Host: Ryan Dawes
Producer: Ron Thums
Guests: Keith Downey
Programs: 99% Invisible, KOEH
Reporters: Siobhan Kierans

Storytelling with (l. to r.) Jim Brooks, Bill Watkins, and Tracie Loeffler.

Hosts: Siobhan Kierans, Cory Washington, Xan Holston
Guests: Graham Eastmond, Terry Nightingale
Programs: Write On! Radio,
Editors: Alex Forbes, Diego Ortega
Reporters: Christina Cerruti, Paul Brohaugh

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