This “Live from Minnesota” segment features the Brass Messengers—a Twin Cities’ band that formed from the Heart of the Beast May Day parade. With Caribbean and Balkan influences, the Brass Messengers describe themselves as, “a sprawling fun factory of musicians.” This show was recorded at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis on March 12, 2012, and features contributions from the Yale Women’s Slavic Chorus. For more information on the Brass Messengers, visit brassmessengers.com. Produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.
Opening with a reggae-flava set… adding more tastes of Lila Downs, performing this evening at the Ordway in St. Paul. Touching down in Brazil and reviewing African songbird, Dobet Gnahore’ in review of her visit this week at the Dakota.
Kicking things off tonight with McPullish’s excellent new “Black Metal White Reggae” album (Charlie’s Records); followed by the latest Vibronics & friends on SCOOPs Records; King Django & Victor Rice with “Dub Discoveries From Version City” (celebrating 20 years of Stubborn Records); and the “Lost Album” unearthed and released by Groove Corp. Also tonight we did an Easy Star All Stars set to celebrate their “Thrillah” tour (and my trip to Chicago to see them). More great new stuff from Tafari, Beats Antique, Kukan dub Lagan, The Dynamics, The Dubsmith, Victoria Moralez, Damo Naimad, The Vibraphonic Orchestra, and Dada Afrik & Calcia.
We speak with Sheila O'Connor about her new novel for young people Keeping Safe the Stars. She is also the author of Where No Gods Came, which won the Minnesota Book Award and the Michigan Award for Literary Fiction, and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title.