In celebration of the upcoming International Workers’ Day and “El día del niño” (celebrated in Mexico on April 30), this program presents music about labor, workers, children and childhood. The literature segment presents a small homage to the great Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas —who passed away this Monday, April 25.
The Birds and The Bees! Spring is here, and we looks at a variety of birds and bees topics. Michael Lee and Adrienne Widener from the Minnesota AIDS Project discuss the AIDS Walk, interim ED Cheryl Jensen discusses transitions at District 202, and neuroscientist Simon LeVay discusses his book Gay, Straight, and The Reason Why.
Today’s show started off with a radical reworking of the Beatles’ Blackbird (Dead of Night by Mauritian percussionist/singer Mo Kolours) and things kept moving in eclectic, serendipitous directions including cuts from Omar Sosa, Abdou Guité Seck and Céu (all with upcoming or ongoing Minneapolis performances).
The Rocket Ship launched into light sprinkles this week, so The Silvertones’ Raindrops seemed a good choice for openers in a set where we stopped that train, marched forward, loved both you and your company, and met Miss Lulu. ut y’know what never grows old? Toots hooking up with The Skatalites, Terry Hall and U-Roy for The Maytals’ True Love all-star release of just a few years back.
Somewhere in orbit around Sherwood’s, Mr. Funn celebrated Duke Ellington and Earl Bostic, birthday boys this past week, and rediscovered where those Janelle Monae and Margot Blanche cds were filed. Babopbye-ya! Ska by artists not known for it made up the 4(+1)@4, and GotchaSKAvered sent Al Capone off to the court of the late great and infamously BBC-banned Judge Dread. Next week, new month, new cover ska-ng! Oww, that was bad…