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.

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.

Listen Now

This morning  the Leigh Kamman 45 of the week is an EP by Dizzy Gillespie and his big band from which I played Cool Eyes and the Hob Nail Special. I played cuts from Jimy McGriff, Adam Adamson Quintet, Thelonious Monk, Nancy King, The Fred Hersch, Joyce Lyons, Hank Crawford, and more. In the archives until Nov 11.

Is there constant rain or constant pain?  Organ Happenings, yes you heard that right.  The time is ripe. (635)