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A heavyweight all-vinyl set of thunderous Afro Beat, Highlife, Cumbia, Salsa, Boogaloo, Guancuanco, Caribbean Soul… featuring The Lebron Brothers, Ray Barretto, Black Sugar, Soseme Makonde, Blackman Akeeb Kareem, ROB, Amral’s Trinidad Steel Orchestra, Chino Y Su Conjunto Melao, Michi Sarmineto, Afrosound…

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This program includes songs on and about serpents (inspired by the Cuban Benny Moré’s version of “La culebra”), “Joropo” music, from the Colombia-Venezuela Plains and songs by the Mexican composer José Alfredo Jiménez. The literature segment presents the first part of “Lección de cocina” by Rosario Castellanos, from México.

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New music (including an Ethio-jazz style cut from São Paolo’s Da Cruz) and plenty of old favorites from Ghana, Senegal, Mali, the Congo, Uganda, South Africa and points beyond on today’s summer-scorched mix.

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A show of the ida y vuelta palo, Guajiras, along with La Conja’s observations on what makes a good flamenco guitarist, and why the demands of flamenco theater are different for performers than the expectations of a traditional flamenco performance.

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We Made It!  One Whole Year.

Listen to this show on our FOREVER archives here:  https://archive.org/details/53Anniversary

Rrriitttcchiieeee!!!! On this episode of Radio Pocho we feature some sweet Twin Cities based soul music as well as some Chilean cumbia, Peruvian bolero, and some Japanese boogie. Now that’s what I call Pochofied.

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History of Nicollet Island, Part II
Produced by Jessica Folker

Once a posh enclave for the city’s wealthiest residents, Nicollet Island had turned gritty by the early 20th century. Dominated by industry and inhabited by transients, many who wandered onto the Island were drawn to the bars
and flophouses of skid row. By the 1970’s, slumlords offering cheap rent attracted an enclave of colorful characters, and Nicollet Island became home to an eclectic mix of hobos, hippies, artists and working-class families.

In part 2 of the History of Nicollet Island, producer Jessica Folker introduces us to former and current Island dwellers, who share stories about living with drifters, donkeys and some of the Twin Cities’ best musicians on this urban island oasis.

Interviews include:

Kevin O’Rourke
An award-winning street poet and Island inhabitant who has lived in a number unusual dwellings, including a houseboat and a school bus.

John Chaffee
Still living on the island, of all current residents, John Chaffee has been there the longest, since early 1970s.

Jack Chaffee
John’s son, Jack, was grew up on Nicollet Island during the 1970s-80s.

Prudence Johnson
Jazz and folk singer Prudence Johnson shares memories of what it was like to raise a daughter on the Island.

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Africa, Brasil, and the Caribbean highlight the places visited to day. Three tunes from Maraca – Cuban timba band coming to The Cedar next week. athe program wraps up with some tasty Afrobeat.

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Another show filled with a whole lot great new music. Starting things out with a Natural Dub Cluster track from the new Italian Dub Community – Showcase Vol. 3 compilation. Followed this up Secret Archives of the Vatican’s heavy new Barbary Lion and the self-titled release by See-I (on Fort Knox). More great new music from Copia Doble Systema, Kevin Kinsella, Don Corleon, Bandulu Dub, Longman, and more. The Swiss set kicked off in high style by debuting some fresh new Tokyo Jihen (Dai Hakken’s leadoff track), and mixing that into a dancehall goodie from Ari Up’s swan song Slits release Trapped Animal. Old-schoolers Jamaica Super Dub, Jackie Mittoo and Adrian Sherwood helped round out hour 3 in fine style.

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