International DJ Paul Harding stops by with festival music from Jamaica, some hot contemporary African dance music and a couple of gems from a recent trip to Puerto Rico. Plus: new music from Toumani Diabaté (in collaboration with Arnaldo Antunes and Edgard Scandurra), Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang and much more.
Symbolical Head is a storytelling event and panel discussion at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis, featuring Will Alexander, Barth Anders, David J Schwartz, Haddayr Copley-Woods and Stacy Theiszen. Produced for KFAI by Tom Tschantz and Nancy Sartor.
A very big show tonight for at least three reasons: tonight was our annual “Lunar Lunatics” special commemorating the first moon landing on July 20, 1969; it was my wife Kerry-Ann’s birthday; and we had a bunch of excellent new releases. Starting things off was the new “Pull It Up!” album from those guys at the Elephant House, the Overproof Soundsystem. Following this was the new “A New Day” album from Jah Marnyah; the cool “Su Bandu” album from Ratapignata and new releases from Dr. Mooch, Ras Sis Highness, Najavibes, Dub Rifles, and Bunny Rugs (the single “Land We Love: Jamaica”). Our “Lunar Lunatics” included such gems as “One Giant Dub for Mankind” (Tassilli Players), “A Bunch Of Guys About to Turn Blue” (Drain), “Apollo 11” (Mutant Hi-Fi), “Fly Me to the Moon” (Frank Sinatra), “Walking on the Moon/Walking on the Dub” (Dubxanne), “Mars Invasion” (Soulsteppers), “Star Dub” (Dr. Echo), and “Destination Moon” (Channel U).