This program presents Cuban “Trova tradicional”, music from Oaxaca, México, and the art of the Bandoneón. The literature segment is dedicated to the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra, winner of the 2011 Miguel de Cervantes Prize.
We started the show with a new track from Kae Sun, born in Ghana and living in Toronto (his new EP is available as a free download here), heard a set of Bachata from the Domincan Republic and some great Nigerian reissues, plus music from Kenya, Uganda, Cape Verde and points beyond with Brad, Jojo and Charlie.
Forging his own brand of high-energy, low-brow Upper Mississippi blues, the one-man band powerhouse Crankshaft has been gigging around Minneapolis for nearly three years. Expanding his fanbase with every frenzied performance, Crankshaft earns his living as a musician and is taking his show on the road following the release of his new album, Junkyard Rhythm.
The Minneapolis skyline changed dramatically in the early 1970s, after two small real estate developers with ambitious dreams initiated a complex redevelopment of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. With a design by renowned Minnesota architect Ralph Rapson, and guaranteed loans from the federal government, Gloria Segal and Keith Heller were determined to build a high-density community with a diverse mix of ages, nationalities and incomes. KFAI producers Jessica Folker and Susan Gray spoke with urban planning experts, along with past and current residents, to learn how the Cedar Square West development evolved to become home to many East African refugees.
Another week with a ton of new stuff… Starting off with the excellent album “Ernest” from Volfoniq, following up with the new Paproota Dub Compilation Vol.2. From there we flowed into new tunes by Ashley (from “Land of Dub” on Dubkey), Nappy Riddem (on Fort Knox), See-I, Moshi Kamachi, Illuminati Congo, and our own Mutant Frogs.
Scott Berger, a singer from the VocalEssence Chorus, speaks to us this evening about the outstanding choral Ensemble and Chorus and their director, Philip Brunelle. VocalEssence is giving a series of concerts featuring French Christmas carols, which will appear on a new cd. VocalEssence plays to packed audiences at each concert and is known for the beauty and originality of their singing. These Christmas concerts also showcase new carols commissioned by Philip Brunelle.