Arts & Culture

Toki Wright’s FADERS Mixtape Release
Produced by Peter Frey

Twin Cities hip-hop artist Toki Wright is a dynamic force on stage and in the recording studio. He’s also an instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. This Live from Minnesota segment captures the release of “FADERS” at the Fine Line Music Cafe. Produced for KFAI by Peter Frey.

CATCH AND RELEASE
Two stories about forgiveness, closure, and grief.

Another short review of the recent African Summer series at the Cedar – plus a few others – leads into a celebration of Brasilian musical giants and a couple tracks of Afro-Peruvian rhythms.

Cruising in the middle of summer with a great mix of old and new, dubwise and otherwise. Kicked things of with the excellent 2009 release “From Far East” by Killa Sista from Japan (featuring Makiko, AKA Skunkin’ Mau), followed by a track from Makiko (on the Vibronics’ Scoops label). After this came the choice new “Guetto Roots of Dub – Vol. 1” album (on Dubophonic) from Negritage out of Argentina. And 3rd up from the UK was the “lost album” from Errol Bellot – recorded back in the 1980s and finally released by Reggae Archive Records with the title “Youthman – The Lost Album”. Another highlight of tonight’s show was the very cool new album Uncut by O. De Lanzac (on BBE Records), along with her Mixcloud mix called “Summer Breezin’”. More new tunes in the mix from: Dubtonic Kru, Zion Dirty Sound, Fumitake Uchida, Dub Majestic & Bandulu Dub. To highlight 2 of the top artists at this year’s Bayfront Reggae Fest (in Duluth, MN) we featured tracks from Everton Blender and Richie Spice; and to promote their upcoming gig in Minneapolis, we played some Meditations and our good friends Irie Sol. Finally, rounding out the show (and commemorating Roswell), the lineup included A Tribe Called Red, Raisa K, Dubagroova, AMJ Dub Collective, Omars Attacks, Jah Wobble & Deep Space, Little Tempo, Doctor Echo, Tommy McCook & the Supersonics (in dub), Sun Ra & the Intergalactic Solar Arkestra, and more…

We speak with poet and art writer Frances Richard about her new poetry collection Anarch. She is also the author of The Phonemes and See Through, and she has written for a number of magazines and museums, including the Guggenheim.

We also chat with Peter Geye about his book The Lighthouse Road, now out in paperback. He is also the author of the acclaimed novel Safe from the Sea.

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The Pop Shop’s Liberty Finch sits in, spinning some of her new and old favorites!

In 2005, three friends formed a band and called it the Brass Kings. Now in its sixth year, the trio is going strong, exploring new sounds, and even talking about regular rehearsals. Hear how this unusual group formed, as the players describe how their different paths led them to this unique, acoustic sound. Produced by Dale Connelly.

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