Spring Pledge Drive beings! Tonight MinneCulture features three shorts from our 10,000 Fresh Voices series:
1. The sisterhood of the traveling scarves / Dylan Peers McCoy
Tucked away on the second floor of the African Development Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, is a tiny thrift shop called the Sisterhood Boutique. The shop is a dream come true for the founders—a group of young East African women who call themselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves. After meeting and planning for nearly two years at the Brian Coyle Community Center, the high school entrepreneurs opened their store in February 2014.
2. Family’s artistic creativity spans multiple generations / Manda Lillie
The sudden and dramatic regression of Monica Moses’ development in the early years of her life alarmed her mother and grandmother. They watched as the toddler lost her ability to talk, walk and make eye contact. They sought help, and when Monica was diagnosed with Autism, they moved forward with treatment and therapy. Today Monica is a happy 17-year-old and part of a multi-talented, multi-generational family who share creative genes in the visual and literary arts.
3. Abdi Elmi’s unique distinction / Britta Greene
Abdi Elmi is the only court-certified Somali interpreter in the country. He lives here in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the United States, and he—unsurprisingly—keeps a full caseload. KFAI producer Britta Greene brings us this story about Abdi Elmi and the challenges of interpreting at the highest levels.
We broke format this week, as Caravan Palace (Cedar Cultural Center, Sat. 4/5) found their way onto the “Ooh” portion of our playlist, usually reserved for ska and rocksteady oldies of the ’60s and ’70s. We were also offering up free admission to the show as a pledge premium for our Spring 2014 fundraiser, along with Bim Skala Bim’s comeback release, Chet’s Last Call, from which we played “Summer Of Ska” and other tunes as pledge bait. But seriously, I wanna head down to the Cedar this Saturday and find the place packed to the gills… the Palace deserve it for being such a foremost exponent of the occasionally ska-influenced Django-Reinhardt-meets-Daft-Punk rhythmic stew known as Electro-Swing. Last time they played the Cedar, this DJ/bandmember was out of town on a gig and couldn’t go, so this time I ain’t missin’ it for the world, boss. Emil Richards got two of his calendar-album tracks aired in the Voov, “Diamond (April)” and “Emerald (May)” from Stones, and with that Sherwood took his “Planet” globetrotting all over the place: Korea (Ga-In), Japan (Unchain, Melting Holidays), Sweden (Little Dragon featuring Yukimi Nagano), and France (had to get some Caravan Palace into the mix). The Home Stretch introduced “Ball of Fire” as the GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club selection for April, leading off with the Ernest Ranglin version from Below the Bassline. Keep in mind that every version of this tune you’ll hear this (or any) month is a cover of British TV’s “Echo 4-2” theme, but to the best of my knowledge. the only ska band calling it “Echo 4-2” has been Bad Manners. Which leads us to…. the 5@5:05. Last Friday, RSST essentially filled in for a vacationing Simon on KFAI’s True Brit and put on… The Great British Skaaaaaaa!!! Wanting to continue that business here, but with bands we didn’t play last Friday, the result was… The Meow Meows, The Delegators, Phoenix City All Stars, The Dualers, and King Porter Stomp. And from there, it was a hop, skip and a jump to The End. Next week, Spring 2014 pledge drive RSST week 2! Tune in and stay tuned!
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