Roots

Opening today's program in St. Paul with long-time music professor at Macalester, Sowah Mensah's cd, "Gourds – NTOA".  Then another artist with MN roots, Lila Downs from Oaxaca.  Then music from Haitian ensemble, Boukman Eksperyans.  More diversity as African bandleaders, Ricardo Lemvo (Congo) & Mashek Fashek (from West Africa) are followed by a Trin-bagonian Kaiso star – Black Stalin – doing his own truth-telling.  Back home to 2 tracks from MN-born Bob Dylan and a relatively unknown song by Iowan Greg Brown.

All the ghouls, goblins, duppys, and dreads gathered for the annual “Echo Chamber of Horrors” special! With layers of special effects & soundbytes, including the movies “Dracula”, “Frankenstein”, “The Exorcist”, and more!

Halloween Special with live music from Sarah Morris!

*New Releases

**Womenfolk Theme Song

In celebration of the three "Days of the Dead" this year: October 31st Halloween, November 1st All Saint's Day and November 2nd All Souls Day, I played music reflecting the indigenous and Voodoo tradition of calling to the spirit world for help or blessings during these three days. The Root-working high priest or priestess would gather at the gravesite of those that have passed over to light candles and drink wine to intice the Ancestors to come out and help their family members with serious and sometimes even desparate concerns.

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Four Groups recorded at the 2017 Global Roots Festival.  From Venezuela, Betsayda Machado.  From Haiti and Montreal, Vox Sambou.  From Korea, Hong Sung Hyun.  And from all over Latin America, LADAMA.

Monday's concert description: https://www.thecedar.org/event/1500312-global-roots-festival-2017-minnea...

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