Arts & Culture

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.

We talk with Katey Schultz about her new short story collection Flashes of War. She is a recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council and a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing Program.

We also chat with Matt Rasmussen about his new poetry collection Black Aperture, which won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award.

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Ellis performs original holiday songs!

Health Notes aired the first of a two part series,with teacher Dick Larson.

These times are difficult and confusing. The world seems in turmoil. Educator and counselor, Dick Larson provides information that helps explain our rapidly changing reality. He will help us to understand how the qualities of the New Age are impacting our lives and our world.

He directly challenges the millennial gloom and doom so prevalent now with a fresh new hypotheisis: a message concerning the arrival of a great teacher who will inspire us to create a future of peace, justice and cooperation

Flight of the Bumble Bee, Part 1 – a science fiction action comedy from the Radio Repertory Company of America. Deep dark plots, bone-rattling space battles and rollicking humor make this a treat for the ears.
And selected shorts from Big Fun Radio Funtime show on December 1st at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

Short, dry, simple one-liner jokes with Ben Anderson.

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