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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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Opening with a set of Ana Moura fado tunes from her recent visit. Then a trip to Brasil for some Carnaval tunes over the years on Ash Wednesday.

A special show as it included Dr. StrangeDub’s first artist interview in a long time: Jacob Hemphill of SOJA discussed the new SOJA album, the current tour, past works, and more. In addition to SOJA, brand new music from: Vibronics, Abassi All Stars, Nneka (the very cool “My Home” single), and Profit. In following the Japanese punk theme from the program before us (Dart Gun Radio) we featured: Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Audio Active, Little Tempo, Likkle Mai, Fumitake Uchida, Shiina Ringo, Saito Neko, Channel U, Jah Wobble & the Nippon Dub Ensemble, Blue Beat Players, The Brass Circus, Dry & Heavy, Bon Voyage Co., and The Determinations.

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Womenfolk takes a week off while KFAI presents its annual Black History Month Special

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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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Today we had special guest Jode Dowling and Bryan Miller of the Center for Irish music playing tunes during the first hour.

During the second hour we had special guest, guitarist, Dean Magraw playing live.

Great Sunday Morning Gospel Sprinkled with religious commentary and black history facts concerning the origin of the “Negro spirituals”.

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