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The early highlight of today's program was an honoring for Ella Fitzgerald – on the 100th anniversary of her birth !  I'm a big fan of hers; so I shared a number of tracks in her dedicated work with songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim ! From there I expand the spotlight towards Maria Bethania and a recording of hers: Enchantment/Encanteria.  Back and forth music from Brasil for much of the program, including Espana & Argentina. Also… I include a highlight segment of my top favorites for the final stretch of the 37th MSP International Film Fest !

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, we presented the annual “WORD BEAT I POWA” dub poetry/poetry/spoken word special. The dub poets included Mutabaruka, Yasus Afari, Jazzmin Tutum, Jean Binta Breeze, Ras Takura, Desmond Faada Johnson, Haji Mike, Oku Onuora, Benjamin Zephaniah, and of course Linton Kwesi Johnson. In fact, we went back in the archives and pulled out Dr. StrangeDub’s interview of LKJ from 1999! More poetry, toasting, spoken word, and music from Jack Kerouac, e.g. bailey, Eggblood, U-Roy, I-Roy, Ken Nordine, Ancient Astronauts & Azeem, The Lone Ranger, Parliament, DJ Spooky, Sauter/Finegan Orchestra (ft. Ruth Yorke), The Last Poets, Jah Wobble, Lee Scratch Perry, Tatanka, and more.

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Spring songs, new releases & a conversation with Red Molly's Molly Venter!

*New Releases

**Womenfolk Theme Song

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Today's show featured a visit from Debbie Duncan, Gwen Mathews and Bruce Henry, Mr. Henry calling in from Chicago, to talk about a May 2018 showcase at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. On Friday May 4th & Saturday 5th, HDM will present the songs of Burt Bacharach with a show called the "Look of Love", 8pm on both days. (HDM=Henry, Duncan, Mathews). Songs that will be featured include be "The Look of Love", "Walk On By", "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", and many more. 

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Romantica's Ben Kyle and Tony Zaccardi joined during the 1st hour, sharing songs from new album "Outlaws" and performing live!

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