The wave of lost African gems from the 70s being rescued from obscurity continues and on today’s show we heard deep cuts from El Rego (Benin) and Joni Haastrup (Nigeria) alongside shiny contemporary pearls.
From the oldest dub album, to the freshest, newest dub albums, the Echo Chamber has it all. Starting off tonight with Java Java Java Java, the Clive Chin produced album that is sometimes referred to as the first dub album. Now Java Java Java Java is finally out on CD. As for brand new dub and roots, the show included the new dub compilations Virtual Dub 4 and Dubnight Chap.3: Revelation Flux, the new Ways and Means album from The Green (on Easy Star), and Empresarios’ Bestia EP (on Fort Knox). The other big highlight of the show was the Springline Jamaica:http://www.springlinejamaica.com mix Creation Vault Mixtape vol. 1 , featuring Creation Rockers, Yabass, The Manor, and HIMperial Rockers.
Christine Loÿs, author and filmmaker, is our guest tonight. The Parisienne fell in love with northern Minnesota and the BWCA and is writing a book along with famed photographer, Jim Brandenberg, about the remaining traces of France and French culture in Minnesota. Most Minnesotans know the state motto, L’Étoile du Nord, but do you know the motto of Minneapolis? It’ En Avant (Forward). The book and film will explore many French influences here. It is destined for both the American and French public.