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A nice funky set of mellow Soul Jazz, Afro Jazz, Caribbean Soul, Reggae, Cumbia, and Salsa… featuring the music of Melvin Sparks, Oliver Sain, Wilbert Harrison, The Ramblers Dance Band, Desmond Dekker, La Senora Dinamita, The Lebron Brothers Orchestra, and K Frimpong His Cubano Fiestas…

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Next Tuesday, March 8, is the centenary of International Women’s Day; in celebration, all of the music of this program is interpreted by women (mainly from Latin America but also from Spain and Portugal). The literature segment presents the second and last part of a dialog on literature with the Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa.

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Host: Leigh Combs

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3/3 in a nutshell…
The RSST lit up cakes for the late greats Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo and the still living Lloyd Knibb to blow out. In other ska, Prince Buster commands some Respect, Mamie Perry sings a Lament, and Roy Richards chills with Green Collie. Not a dog. Hal Blaine’s Psychedelic Percussion selection for March, Kaleidoscope, kicked off a Sherwood’s Planet airing on Desi Arnaz’s birthday, and Desi’s recording of Carnival in Rio had to suffice ‘cuz we couldn’t scare up the Lucy theme, or anything else by the guy. The RSST 4(+1)@4 headed for the West Coast of Ska, with tracks from LA and Seattle. Well, mostly LA… The third GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month is the Maytals’ classic Monkey Man, easily the most famous cover of which is by The Specials. The other big cover attraction this week is Unsteady’s ‘roiding-up of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s Vampire, with a chilling Hammond lead that made me jump outa my socks, and some curl-shooting, ten-hanging surf guitar to boot. OK, full disclosure: I used to play that track before I found out the original was by TSPO, and I’m pleased as punch to have found it again. :^)

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