Music

This week we observe the passing of saxophone great Red Holloway, as well as celebrate the re-issue, by local label Secret Stash, of a long forgotten album of mid-70’s afro-beat by London-based African ex-pats Afro Funk. Also, a taste of the just issued compilation of Brooklyn/NYC funk & soul Original Raw Soul III.



Eclectic sounds from all over the continent and beyond on today’s African Rhythms: music from The Funk Ark, Tony Allen, Boubacar Traoré, Oumou Sangare and Marijata were among the highlights.


3/1 in a nutshell…

We did a few things more than once this week, ‘cuz next week we’re pre-empted by 24 hours’ worth of International Women’s Day specials. So… three “Do the Blue Beats” (and one “He Can’t Do the Blue Beat”) for your 4:00 4-in-a-row, two “Tu Sei Pallidos” (they’re Lollipops, and you’ve gotta hear Rita Pavone’s!), a C’est Toi Mon Idole (also a Lollipop) and mucho Ringrollage! Shiina’s band Tokyo Jihen have called it a career as of their final gig on Leap Day… meaning the 4th anniversary of the breakup will be in 16 years! But seriously, we’ll miss looking forward to new Jihen releases even as we eagerly anticipate wrapping our ears around numerous solo projects and collabs. The “Ooh” opened with a set of… you might say “newsworthy” Ska (check the non-reg playlist for “headlines”) and eventually progressed toward two Ska Twists. Sherwood’s set tells a proverbial thousand tales (including Teddy Charles’ vibraphonic jazz reading of Princess Scheherezade), and that should be enough to tide us over ‘til the 15th, when the Rocket Ship will once again be boarding skassengers. Bon voyage!

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Revisit cantes de ida y vuelta in a rebroadcast that includes a snippet of an interview with Ms. Ida y Vuleta herself, singer/dancer La Conja who talks about her first gigs in Madrid.

On this episode of Radio Pocho, our special guest is Rudy Avina, veteran DJ of the latin music scene in the Twin Cities, singer of the local group Tejano 2000, and of course, an avid listener of RP. Should be a great time of swapping tunes and war stories.

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Live from Minnesota presents…

Five shorts from our 10,000 Fresh Voices series, made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:

1. National anthem singer Michelle Delgado
Produced by Robert W. Morgan
You’ve probably heard her voice at college and professional sporting events, but who, exactly, is the diva behind the National Anthem? KFAI producer Robert W. Morgan introduces us to Twin Cities singer and actress, Michelle Delgado.

2. Twin Cities Hmong hip-hop on the rise
Produced by Dan Zamzow
Hip hop in the Hmong community is alive and on the rise in the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Daniel Zamzow talked to artists and emcees Ge, YungFate, Fres Thao and Brad Matala about how hip hop is having a positive role in Hmong culture.

3. Ice-climbing at Lilydale Regional Park
Produced by Maria Almli
Despite this winter’s lack of snow, resourceful Minnesotans find a way to enjoy cold weather activities. At Lilydale Regional Park in St Paul, ice falls form every winter, regardless of snowfall, making it an excellent spot for ice climbing. Lilydale attracts local climbers, as well as enthusiasts from out of state. KFAI producer Maria Almli met St Paul Forestry Supervisor, Scott Kruse for a climb.

4. Twin Cities art collectives
Produced by Flor Trevino
“Come Together” is not only the name of a Beatle’s song, it’s a trend the Twin Cities is leading through the formation of art collectives. Art collectives vary in size, structure, and mediums, but they have one thing in common: collaboration. KFAI’s Flor Trevino talked to members of the Northside Arts Collective, Yes!Let’s Collective, and Rage to Order Collaboration. For more information on the Northside Arts Collective, visit nacarts.org. For the Yes!Let’s Collective, go to yesletscollective.com. Look for the Rage to Order Collaborative on facebook.

5. Poet and musician Brian Laidlaw
Produced by Flor Trevino
California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album “wolf wolf wolf” as the audio counterpart to his masters’ thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to brianlaidlaw.com.
Produced by Flor Trevino

California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album “wolf wolf wolf” as the audio counterpart to his masters’ thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to brianlaidlaw.com. Produced for KFAI by Flor Trevino.

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