Zambian psychedelic rock, boogaloo and salsa from NYC, sub-Saharan blues, and west African funk are among the genres touched upon on today’s African Rhythms.

5/17 in a nutshell…

It was one week left ‘til the Lee Perry gig at the Cedar (backed by Subatomic Sound System!) and we bookended the opening set of the “Ooh” with a pair of classic Scratch skas (Wishes of the Wicked and Do the Push Push). We reprised “Suzie’s” Swedish-produced Lolli-knockoff “My Cup of Tea” (and we are starting to ponder just how many MBL-influenced knockoffs (not straight-up covers) actually exist… that’ll take some digging. We wrapped up the hour with summa that ollll’ moooooon stompin’! from Roy Ellis’ old band Symarip before back-announcing over some Ska from Studio 5. …Sherwood careened from Horace Silver to Teddy Mertens… …to Hank Marr to Shiina Ringo on his way to Space Station no. 9 (in a Capsule, of course)… and from there, also to the Moon. Oh, and about the Moon… the home of Neil Armstrong’s famous boot prints also turns up in one of the 4(+1)@4 (“hot ska-naries” this week) in a Cabernet Deneuve song! Sakura & the Quests Twisted the GotchaSKAllipop, Prince Fatty & Mutant Hifi had a Nagila, and Giuliano Palma came in from the cold. ‘Bout time, it’s darn near summer!

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

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.

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Studs Terkel’s 100th birthday bash.