This week’s African Rhythms is an exploration of Afrobeat: its birth and development over 40 years ago and countless modern incarnations, from the earliest music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen to today’s artists like Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds who draw upon the rhythms of Afrobeat as inspiration for their music. Melanie Marshall from the cast of Fela! The Musical (coming to the Ordway in June) joins us during the first half hour.
Clifford D. Simak is part of Science Fiction’s Golden Age (1940s-50s), and the author of classics including “City,” “Way Station” and “Goblin Reservation.” He began his career in 1931 with the publication of “The World of the Red Sun” in Wonder Stories, a popular pulp magazine of the time. (That story would inspire a young junior high student, Isaac Asimov, to later try his hand at writing fiction.) Simak’s career spanned 50 years, and his prolific body of work included more than 100 stories and nearly 30 novels. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula, and in 1977 was recognized by his peers as a Grand Master of Science Fiction—at the time, only the third author to receive such accolades. Through all the success and acclaim, Simak remained a small-town Wisconsin boy at heart, and maintained his reporter job at the Minneapolis Star newspaper. His Midwestern roots defined his fiction, in which regular folk in common settings confronted extraordinary circumstances—time paradoxes, immortals, aliens and parallel universes. Born in rural southwestern Wisconsin in 1904, Cifford Simak died of leukemia in Minneapolis in April 1988.
Once again the freshest new dub & roots make their way to the Echo Chamber.. Starting things off with the excellent “Feeding My Faith” album from Webcam Hi-Fi (on Tube Dub Sound). Followed this up with 3 more choice new releases: Groundation’s “Building an Ark” (on VP); Clinton Fearon’s 2nd full acoutic album Heart and Soul (on his own Boogie Brown Productions); and the heavy new “Highest Grade” single from Alpha Steppa (on the Steppas label). Also new tonight: the “Mindset (Reloaded)” EP from Lucky Dub & Dubmatix, as well as tracks from Negritage, Dub Terminator & Reality Chant, Mutant Frogs, Prince Fatty meets the Mutant Hi-Fi, and Creation Rockers