Roots

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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Sophia Shorai concert with Tanner Taylor
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

Sophia Shorai was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Minneapolis. A classically trained pianist, she began exploring jazz in her early teens, learning vocalese from her trumpet-playing father. Sophia performs regularly at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and in other venues across the Twin Cities. In addition to singing, she has done voice work for national television commercials, as well as television and motion pictures. This concert was recorded April 28, at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis. With Tanner Taylor on keyboard.

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Willie Gray & The Gossamer Sisters were our guests for the entire show. They played numerous cool songs and joked around with us, all live in the studio. The band consists of Nate Westgor of Willie’s American Guitars, Mary Rancone, and Deb Brown. As usual, the talented and lovely Angie Pykonen sat in with me on the show.

If you’d like to hear the show, click “MORE” below to link to the playlist and archives. Music starts around 03:45 into the archive, just after the news.

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