Music

On today’s show: warm sounds from Hindi Zahra (Morocco/Paris), Sam Mangwana (Congo), Mighty Diamonds (Kingston), Kamatana (Kenya) and Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana/NYC) along with a steel drum-fueled Trinidadian mix with Black Truth Rhythm Band, Steel an’ Skin and the Esso Trinidad Steelband’s cover of a Jackson Five song produced by Van Dyke Parks…

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Minneapolist activist MEL REEVES talks about why MArtin luthe kind jr REMAINS RELEVENT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

1/12 in a nutshell…
I just can’t do my customary 3rd/2nd/1st-hr. recap this week, ‘cuz THEE BIGG highlight this week was in the Opening Oldies Hour (the Ooh) when we played Name That Ska! What Was That Ska Named?, I hear you asking… well how ‘bout Shirley… that’s right, Shirley! …and Maureen, Zella, Lulu and Isabell, to boot. Heck, even Tom, Dick & Harry make an appearance. Between ‘em, they’ve got the whole world doing the Ska! And who better to clear out the room at the end of the hour than Baby Face Nelson? Accompanied by Prince Buster, of course… and good thing, too, ‘cuz here comes Sherwood with Reptilicus, no, Birthe Wilke in tow… and also dropping a choice selection from the longest-titled album in the HISTORY of… Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. Alas, Sherwood must then break the news that one of his favorite bands, Tokyo Jihen (or Tokyo Incidents or Incidents Tokyo, take your pick) are splitting. Last gig’s gonna be right on Leap Day, and in 16 years, they’ll be marking the 4th anniversary of the breakup… unless they’ve put it back together before then (hey, hope springs eternal!) Anyway, you’ll hear a track from (the forthcoming?) Color Bars 5-track mini. Mutant Frogs did the 4@4, a band called Akatz had the Lollipop, and a companion piece (involving a Butterfly) was provided by someone named Annamarie. No last name given, which was odd for 1964! Si & The Dualers warned us about Jack Frost, and Gina Gina took skiing lessons again. At least she won’t have to worry about the fake snow melting!

Join us for a festival of Romeras and Caracoles!

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1960-With the help of Morris Day and the Time Machine we travel back to the 60s to explore some of our favorite tunes from the 60s.

Jazz Singer Sophia Shorai
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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Thanks to David Cummings, host of KFAI’s Rockin’ In Rhythm for sitting in with me this afternoon.

It was part 2 of our 6th annual “Dearly Departed” show in which we pay tribute to and play music by artists who passed away last year. Part 1 aired on David’s show on Monday (also available on the archives).

We only scratched the surface of artists who passed away last year, but we were able to get in a variety of genres ranging from rockabilly to reggae, rock and blues to twangy stuff and New Orleans.

Click “more” to check out the playlist. You may also link into the archive of the show from there.

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More from the Mediterranean… ending in Brasil — inverse order from last week.


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