Arts & Culture

Tonight, to culminate National Poetry Month, the Echo Chamber presented the annual “Word Beat I Powa” dub poetry, beat poetry, hip-hop poetry, and spoken word special. Of course, it was dub poetry that set the foundation of the show. And at the base of that foundation tonight was the great poet Mutabaruka – who appeared On April 9th of this year at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Caribbean Students Association of Macalester presented “Resisting Oppression program: JaMinn with Rastafarian Poet Mutabaruka”. An excerpt of his performance shows up in a very special “Word Sound I Powa” half-hour mix put together by artist & friend of the show Eggblood. Also, Dr. StrangeDub’s interview of Muta from the same night is also part of the program.

Among the other dub poets featured were Jazzmin Tutum, Yasus Afari, Oku Onoura, Haji Mike (with Dub Caravan), Spaceape (with Dub Gabriel), Ras Takura, Oliver Smith, Jean Binta Breeze, Malachi Smith, and of course, the incomparable Linton Kwesi Johnson. But there was much more than dub poetry… From the Beat camp we had Jack Kerouac, and Umar Bin Hassan (of The Last Poets) joined Qaballah Steppers with “Trust” in Eggblood’s mix. Other voices included Ken Nordine’s unique ‘word jazz’; the powerful words and music of Liberian born artist/poet (and KFAI DJ), e.g. bailey; and The Last Skeptik (ft. Jehst) with the fresh track “Lullaby” (on BBE Records). Ahh, but let us not forget the extraordinary Jamaican DJs. Before there was dub poetry as we know it today, there was already the great tradition of Jamaican “toasters”. DJ Baby Swiss highlighted the art of toasting with I-Roy, Nica Smart, Rhoda Dakar, Ranking Roger, Clint Eastwood & General Saint, Ranking Ann, and George Nooks & Trinity, and StrangeDub added U-Roy (with Horace Andy). Heck, we even had a few snippets from Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe, and Walter Cronkite. What an eclectic mix of words…and beats…and Powa!

We speak with Michael Stanley, the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, who write the Detective Kubu mystery series, about their new novel Deadly Harvest. Their previous book, Death of the Mantis, won the Barry Award, and they also wrote A Carrion Death, and The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu.

Live in the Studio: Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Caponi Art Park is a natural and artistic oasis in Eagan, Minnesota. The park is the vision of Sally Award winner, Tony Caponi, who literally carved it out of his own back yard. Produced for KFAI by Michelle Alimoradi.

The Fast Metabolism Diet

Haylie Pomroy has helped thousands of clients lose weight – utilizing the healing power of real, whole food. Hailed as “the metabolism guru,” Haylie reminds us that food is not the enemy, it’s medicine needed to rev-up your sluggish, broken-down metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning furnace.

Dr. Bhagya Ji starts a nine part series on Yoga and Meditation and how Mantras creates bliss. We all use mantras or words all day long — repetitive, out loud, or silently — phrases such as “It’s hard,” or “I’m tired.” “I don’t know what I’m doing,” “It will never happen”, “I’m stressed”,” “There’s not enough time,” or “There’s not enough money.” The words in mantras are chosen not only for their meaning as words, but also for a scientific reason that goes far beyond pure definition. All*mantras * we use are based on the science of “Naadam” — the secrets hidden in sound.

KOEH FM, from Dippervile, MN – All nice folks from Dipperville, MN show up in the studio to tell us about their little radio station, KOEH.

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