Tonight Richie Phoe’s long-awaited debut album Echo Outernational (on Balanced Records) kicked things off in tonight’s Echo Chamber. This was followed by the new “Dub Sessions 1.1” EP from Version Big-Fi and an early version of the upcoming Springline release “Springline Jamaica meets Uncle Fee Dubplate Style Downtown”. More new sounds came from Sista M (with Cr4ig’s Babylon Roots Remix of “Would You Be Mine”); Princess Anla; Ziggy Marley (with Chuck D & Linda Perry); Burnett Town Sound; and Marvin Gaye vs. JStar (with the “I Heard It Dub” mashup). Another highlight of the program was the three tracks from Céu – to promote her return to the Dakota Club in Minneapolis this week.
Joy Islam, Tushar Ahmmed and Palbasha Siddique are three impassioned Bangladeshi musicians who have made Minnesota their home. Fusing Bangla musical roots with other genres including folk, classical, heavy metal, and pop, they’ve made an indelible mark in the Twin Cities. KFAI producer MJ Gilmore talks to Joy, Tushar and Palbasha about how their personal journeys have influenced and affected their music.