World Music

“Pocho Brothers from Midwestern Mothers” In the premiere of Radio Pocho Wednesday nights we kick it off en buen stilo with our special guest Lalo Alcaraz.

DJ Lalo avoids the temptation of playing Morrissey but he hits us with some his favorite cuts in music while DJ Miguel Vargas and DJ Ren bring you a few blasts from the past as well as some newer cuts from the last ten years.

Pura musica con ritmo machin!

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Minneapolis Skyways: glass & steel bridges connect downtown
Produced by Britt Aamodt

Minneapolis has the longest skyway system in the United States, and a severe climate that encourages interior walks many months of the year. City planners conceived of skyways in 1959, but didn’t construct the first elevated glass bridges until 1962, connecting downtown buildings. Since their inception, skyways have been appreciated and denigrated in equal measure. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt spent three months in the skyways—talking to city planners, business owners, musicians, editors and bloggers—and compiling this skyways soundscape in advance of the structures’ 50th anniversary.

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Another special night in the Echo Chamber as we featured an interview of Eric Blowtorch (following his show in Minneapolis); a bunch of new Echo Beach:http://www.echobeach.de/ music; and a number of other new releases by the likes of Masia One, Nkulee Dube, Jazmin Solar/Sanchez Dub, and others…

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Guest Marya Morstad speaks of the upcoming films and other festivities of the Minneapolis/St. Paul InernationaL Film Festival. St. Anthony Main Cinema will be the site of greatly enlarged festival.

Tonight’s music features an eclectic selection of music, both old and new from France and other French-speaking countries. Two interesting songs from Africa are sometimes amusing and surprising about the growth of women’s rights (La Condition Masculine by Francis Bebey Samba by les Amazones de Guinée).

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GRACIAS por su apoyo!!!! Singer Aury Tovar from Caracas sings live in studio!

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This is Twin Cities fashion week, and KFAI is featuring five related stories from its 10,000 Fresh Voices series:

1. MN Fashion presents Voltage: Fashion Amplified
Produced by Allison Herrera
If “Minnesota fashion” conjures up images of down jackets, waterproof boots and layers of scarves, sweaters, and thermal underwear, check out Voltage: Fashion Amplified. This annual event is part of Spring Fashion Week, and showcases work by 10 local designers in a rock and roll environment tailor made for First Avenue. KFAI’s Allison Herrera explains how the sartorial sensibilities of this diverse group have helped redefine Minnesota fashion.

2. Designer Rachel Blomgren
Produced by Katey DeCelle
Rachel Blomgren in one of 10 designers selected to show at Voltage: Fashion Amplified 2011—the Midwest’s premier spring fashion and rock show. Blomgren talked KFAI’s Katey DeCelle about how fabrics can have hidden meanings, and how textiles can tell stories.

3. Designer Raul Osorio
Produced by Katey DeCelle
Twin Cities designer Raul Osorio learned how to sew at his parents’ textile school in Honduras. He spoke to KFAI producer Katey DeCelle about his creative inspiration, and what it’s like to prepare for his second Voltage: Fashion Amplified runway show.

4. Vintage Fashion: Rewind & Lula
Produced by Sabrina Crews
The Twin Cities is home to a wide variety of independently owned clothing stores, including many thrift stores and retro shops. Vintage fashion is especially popular, but what draws locals to clothes from the past? KFAI’s Sabrina Crews went to Rewind in Minneapolis, and Lula in St. Paul, to talk to business owners about the lure of vintage fashion.

5. Dyed in the Wool: Kim Christensen
Produced by Diane Richard
Minneapolis fiber artist Kim Christensen finds a bounty of natural dye stuffs in her backyard and alleyways. She sells her woolen wares at the Kingfield Farmer’s Market of Minneapolis.

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