Arts & Culture

Kristina plays the palo colombianas, featuring recordings both traditional and modern. Kristina and well-known dancer/singer La Conja talk about how La Conja moved from being a flamenco dancer to also becoming an in-demand flamenco singer.

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Nirmala Rahashekar

Sandra Velasquez of Pistolera We are excited and happy to feature Sandra Velasquez, lead singer of the Brooklyn based band Pistolera. She joins us to talk about their new album El Desierto y la Ciudad and also provides a guest DJ set with music from Gil Scott Heron, Pink Floyd, Manu Chao, and Los Hermanos Flores.

DJ Miguel Vargas and DJ Ren hit you up with some electro cumbia by DJ Lengua and Sidesteppers as well as the always mandatory The Smiths. Additional music from Funkadelic, Al McCall, Victor Jara, Los Gatos, and Aretha Franklin.

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Rogue Valley at the Cedar Cultural Center
Produced by Daniel Zamzow

KFAI captured this live performance of Rogue Valley last November at the Cedar Cultural Center for the band’s CD-release of “Geese in the Flyway”—the third of four music projects by this prolific ensemble. Members include: Chris Koza, Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, Linnea Mohn, and Joey Kantor.

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Last Reel: Drive-In Movie Theaters of Minnesota (Todd Melby,KFAI)

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Tonight we debuted the excellent new Durban Chamber album from Dubsalon; some heavy Alpha Steppa dubplates; and a very cool new EP from Andreia Dacal (on Fresh Poulp). On top of this we featured The Dub Zone Mix #102 “4 Corners of Dub”, and highlighted some of the artists at the 2011 Bayfront Reggae and World Music Fest – including Nkulee Dube, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Steel Pulse. Finally, in the final hour DJ Baby Swiss put together a fun all-Japan mix featuring: Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Sugar Plant, Perfume, Mantis, Haruomi Hosono, Capsule, and Flare (a.k.a. Ken Ishii).

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We talk Nina Darnton about her debut novel An African Affair, which is set in Lagos, Nigeria, where Nina and her husband lived for 2 years while working as journalists.

We also talk with Kevin Brixius, singer, songwriter, poet, and emcee of the Bosso Poetry Company, performing the second Thursday of the month at Dusty’s in Northeast Minneapolis. More information about Kevin Brixius is available at bossoenterprises.com:http://bossoenterprises.com.

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Cornbread Harris profile and concert
Produced by Michelle Bruch & Daniel Zamzow

Octogenarian Cornbread Harris still gigs around in the Twin Cities. Recognized for his wit, soulful blues and signature style, he’s also renowned for his famous son—music producer Jimmy “Jam” Harris, who has worked with artists including Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Gwen Stefani. Cornbread Harris performed on Minnesota’s first rock record 55 years ago, and his most recent album is a compilation of performances with Cadillac Kolstad, a Twin Cities rockabilly artist. He is currently the subject of a documentary in production titled, “Man, Blues and God – The Life of Cornbread Harris” by Thomas Zocher.

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