Arts & Culture

The final segment of Kristina's conversation with Zorongo Flamenco's Susana di Palma, as well as tangos old and not so old.

This three piece group put out a LOT of great sound. Jacqueline Ultan on Cello, Mike Michel on the Fender and Terrell Carnage on the….MOUTH.

On tonight’s episode of Radio Pocho, hosts Miguel Vargas & Daniel Topete bring in guest DJ, Rambo Salinas, back from his sabbatical in San Antonio, TX. He’ll gives the lowdown on up-and-coming artists in SanAnto, as well his usual repertoire of Chicano funk & soul 45s that he throws down at HotpantsMinneapolis Minnesota.

Live from Minnesota presents…

Maria Isa and Los Nativos Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Conga Latin Bistro
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents, emcee, singer, and songwriter Maria Isa is celebrates her cultural diversity through music and political activism. In 1992 she started her performing arts education at El Arco Iris Center for Arts, forming Raices in 2002 with other advanced students to conserve their ancestral Puerto Rican folklore music. Following her nomination in 2006 for the Minnesota Music Award’s Best Hip-Hop Artist category, she released her first independent album “M.I. Split Personalities” in May of 2007, and later her sophomore studio project, “Street Politics.” Maria performs in the Twin Cities, Puerto Rico and nationally.

Los Nativos formed in 1996 and was one of the original groups in Rhymesayers Entertainment. The St. Paul duo of Felipe Espinoza-Day (Felipe Cuauhtli) and Jermain Ybarra (Chilam Balam) produce music with a conscious message, integrating Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Tejano, Mariachi, Salsa and Cumbia to deliver a style all their own. Los Nativos was nominated by the Minnesota Music Awards for Best New Band in 1996, Best Hip Hop Group in 1999, and Best Hip Hop Recording in 2003. They perform locally and nationally.

WORKING WITH STUDS by Atlantic Public Media
Studs Terkel’s 100th birthday bash.

Another Echo Chamber chalked full with new dubwise material. Starting out with the new “Kung Fu Know How EP” from Mungo’s Hi-Fi, and featuring Solo Banton. This was followed up by the new “Survive” release from Garrison Hawk (with Sly & Robbie) on Bill Laswell’s M.O.D. Technologies label; the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ new “Radio Salone” (on Cumbancha); and Mickey Hart’s latest “Mysterium Tremendum” (on his own 360 Productions). Also more new material from I-lodica, Makina (Bigote remix), 9Tomorrows (feat. Beres Hammond), Nazarenes, Blundetto, VS, Cutty Ranks, Brownout, and Pale Rider, plus the ACEtone Studio remix from the “More Love, Less Corruption Remixes” EP from LoveAvalanche. On top of this we did a Skatalites set in memory of the late Lloyd Brevett, and rounded out the show with music from Smadj, Jackie Mittoo, Count Ossie, Tommy McCook, Holger Czukay vs. Dr. Walker, Tsunami Wazahari, and more…

We speak with Julie Schumacher, author of The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls. Julie’s first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, and four other books for younger readers: Black Box, The Book of One Hundred Truths, The Chain Letter, and Grass Angel.

In the second half of the show, we speak with England-born Janet Graber, who now lives in the Twin Cities and writes historical fiction for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. The White Witch, a middle level book, is a historical novel about young Gwen, who has a way with animals and of drawing unwanted gossip. But when plague ravages her village, her neighbor’s scorn turns murderous.

Live from Minnesota presents…

Brian Laidlaw
Produced by Flor Trevino

California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album “wolf wolf wolf” as the audio counterpart to his masters’ thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to brianlaidlaw.com. Produced for KFAI by Flor Trevino.

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