Arts & Culture

Kristina plays a show from the archives that explores the differences between fandangos grandes, malaguenas, and granainas.

DJs Miguel Vargas and Rudy Aguilar is bringin’ it to ya, meanwhile Jason Noer, Bionik, King Otto, and some b-boys will be chatting about Hip Hop. at the Cowles Center. Also we’ll be doing a ticket giveaway for International Reggae All-Stars’ tribute to Bob Marley at the The Cabooze this Friday.

The sustainability of the Minnesota music scene
Produced by Allegra Oxborough

Year after year, the Twin Cities earns national attention for its talented songwriters. Not only is Minnesota home to a vibrant live music scene, but an academic one as well—with 37 accredited music schools in our state. But the way we consume music is rapidly changing. Streaming services like Spotify and Rdio provide access to millions of songs without having to buy a hard copy, or even download tracks.

So how does technology and a changing music business affect the sustainability of our local music scene? KFAI producer Allegra Oxborough decided to find out. She asked musicians how they are adapting, and finding new revenue models to survive.

Studs Terkel’s Weekly Almanac interview with Pete Seeger & Big Bill Broonzy

Tonight we finally debuted the strangely cool “opera in dub” project from Uly E. Neuens, Aldubb, and many others titled “AudioArt presents Op’Ra Dub Style” (on Irie Ites label). Also new tonight, the long-awaited collaboration of Masia One & Dubtonic Kru – the upcoming “Tuff Wong” release, plus Mighty Mystic’s excellent “Concrete World” album. More cool new sounds from Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate (from the album “Faya” on Cumbancha), Akasha Experience, Chronixx, KBong, Vibration Lab, and others. The good doctor also featured Third World’s “Black, Gold, & Green” in memory of Bunny Rugs, who passed away this month.

After the half, Swiss followed up Dub Movement with another Brasilian outfit, OBMJ, before kicking in with a good teaser for the annual the Bob Marley birthday/King Tubby memorial special that usually airs the first week of February, with UB40’s take on “Soul Rebel” and Pauline Black turning in a wonderful “Sun Is Shining” from The Selecter’s 3-volume Trojan Songbook series. Derrick Harriott’s (also Feb. 6) birthday also got noticed. The calendar date is also shared by Perfume producer Yasutaka Nakata, hence yet more play for “Furikaeru to Iru Yo” and the haunting “23:30” For a closer, Jawaiian reggae artist Sean Na’auao drew us back to Marley with a short excerpt of “Three Little Birds” as Bobby McFerrin might have done it. Thanks to Morning Blender David Cummings for slipping up that tune; we owe him one. :>)

We speak with Minnesota author Miriam Karmel about her debut novel Being Esther. She is a widely published journalist and author and her short fiction has won numerous regional prizes.

We also talk with Robin Oliveira about her new historical novel I Always Loved You, which is set in Paris during the rise of impressionism and follows the lives of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet. She is also the author of the bestselling historical novel My Name is Mary Sutter.

Today’s show featured an interview with the “Soul Trust”: Ronn Easton, Sonny Knight, Maurice Jaycox, and Maurice Young. These four fabulous vocalists came into the studio to talk about, and sing about, their upcoming event called” Oh, What A Night”. It will take place Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Parkway Theater on 48th Street and Chicago in Minneapolis, 7:00pm. The show features the music of the Dells, the Impressions, the Temptations, the Manhattans and much more. Master Soul Vocalist Wee Willie Walker will join them for a night of love, soul and memories. For more information, go to:

Songs of civil rights & social justice movements, in celebration of Black History Month & the late great Pete Seeger