Thursday, December 29, 2005

Ninja Tune videos for some New Years inspiration

(you'll need Quicktime for these links)

Pick Up- Bonobo

All That You Are- Cinematic Orchestra featuring Fontella Bass

Witness the Fitness - Roots manuva

Bluebird-- by One Self

Sweetsmoke- Mr Scruff

Diplo Rhythm - Diplo

and also we're having a house party on New Years =O

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

This Sunday on If Music Could Talk- British HipHop/Grime/what u call it?


Here's this past Sunday's show Podcast LINK--new hip hop/grime selections straight outta London...

>>watch Dizzee Rascal's new video, Dream, here! insane!!

also, here's an incredible site from BERLIN with tons of downloadable mp3 sets (some live sessions too) photos, and more awesome videos yo! here the podcasts and site are run by Sasha of Jahcoozi-(awesome group!)
thanks Sasha
BIG UP UK/Berlin worldwide grime crew

a lot of "grime" artists first appeared on so called "pirate" radio stations where they could defy categorization and commercial constraints (check Wiley's track "What d'you call it" which i played on my show on WRIR this past Sunday (link above) for more comment on that subject)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Last Week's Show- Podcast -12-11-05


Special guest: local actress, poet, model Precious Leontyne Turner reads some of her poetry (what a VOICE!) and selects some of her favorite classic jazz cuts. LISTEN HERE

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


ms subbulakshmi Posted by Hello

Talat Mahmood


the picture above is borrowed from this site link which is dedicated to Talat Mahmood, who was a legendary singer, actor and icon of style and charisma in Indian popular music and film during the classic bollywood era.. check out this site!! the pictures are INCREDIBLE!!

Pangaea Lounge Dec 8 Podcast

LISTEN
also, please mark your 2006 Calendar for Pangaea Lounge - the second thursday of each month at Cafe Gutenberg (corner of 17th and Main Street) Richmond Va

Monday, December 12, 2005

Phoolan Devi- the Real Bandit Queen

last week, guest dj Adam Nathanson was telling me about a movie that was released in 1994 based on Phoolan Devi's life (Bandit Queen.) I have yet to see this film, but apparently, when Phoolan Devi saw it, she angrily objected being portrayed as a victim and threatened to set herself on fire outside the theatre if the screenings continued.. plus, the ridiculous fact that they never even interviewed her when the script was being written. Anyway, with all that aside, her story is pretty incredible (there are several books in french and english about her, including an auto-biography) Here's a fairly objective bio of this legendary woman from a website that compiles famous obituaries (a strange concept for a webpage but very interesting) This woman, from a "lower caste", stood up against the men who dared to do wrong to her, and was eventually elected to a seat in Indian Parliament where she vowed to fight for women's rights. She was tragically assasinated in 2001 by a man who sought revenge against her for killing a family member and dishonoring his caste. "While she was undoubtedly an outlaw who brought misery and mayhem and death to those she assailed, Phoolan Devi also embodied the resentments of the lower castes and women." (taken from link)

Friday, December 09, 2005

view from the dj table



celebrating life at Tonic last night at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in honor of local actress/model/poet Precious Leontyne Turner Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

last Sunday's show

Listen Here

special guest: Adam Nathanson
also special appearance by Precious Leontyne Turner to tell everyone about her Mad Hatter's Tea Party this Wed 12/7 (6pm) at Tonic in Shockoe Bottom - it's "a celebration of life" --plus Ill be djing! come check it out and dont forget to wear your favorite hat!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Sir Victor Uwaifo


Sir Victor Uwaifo (b. 1941) aka "Guitar Boy", former amateur wrestler, and Nigerian Afro-Funk pioneer from Edo Nigeria...he also served briefly as Commissioner of the Ministry of Arts and Culture in Edo. Here's a link to a short biography. I'll be playing songs from his LP "Roots" (from the late 70's- early 80s) and some more tracks from the lp "5 days a week love" on WRIR this Sunday (Dec 4 2005)

ALSO! SPECIAL GUEST THIS WEEK- back by popular demand- Adam Nathanson returns for another flavaful dj session!

NBO75 guest dj on IMCT - plus last week's podcast links



last sunday on If music could talk guest dj set by Edinburgh based artist Zucotic
Sunday 7-9pm EST www.wrir.org (listen online) or 97.3 FM (on your radio)

podcasts of the past two week's shows just added

LISTEN HERE-NBO75

ALSO last week-- did a surprise subbing for the MingFromMongo show- listen to an improv mix with help from guest Dj Toma from Chicago

AND HERE'S the previous week's show- Música Brasileira

The radio4all website gets jammed up sometimes and wont load so be patient

DJ Toma made this artistic flyer for the show we co-hosted last week


Thanks Dj Toma!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Capoeira in Union Square, NYC.. at night, last august Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Tribalistas


Hello world! please tune in to "If Music Could Talk" tonight for a special 2 hour set of music from Brazil- classic and contemporary selections- also featuring several songs by one of my favorite Brazilian groups- Tribalistas-(Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown, Arnaldo Antunes)

"If music could talk" 7-9pm EST www.wrir.org

Friday, November 18, 2005


havent been able to connect with the online podcasts ive linked here lately, and you know what that means--- connection with radio4all is jammed up somehow... maybe it's Radio C*LA*S*H* maybe its the hard-drive gettin too many hits either way.. please support radio4all with a contribution so that they can contine to provide the world with free online radio . bookmark the site too-- they'll be back online soon

Sunday, November 13, 2005

If Music Could Talk - Nov 13 2005

Last Night's show- Podcast archive
check the special "If music could talk" remix of the Sneaker Pimps LOW FIVE with an extremely outdated, somewhat obviously politically incorrect educational record about "communication" from the 1960's - (listen to PART 4 to hear that crazyness-)

LISTEN!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Pangaea Lounge: Podcast

here's this past Thursday's set from the Pangaea Lounge at Cafe Gutenberg-LISTEN HERE
thanks to all who came to hear the sounds and feel the vibes see you next month!
(Pangaea Lounge- every second Thursday, once a month at Cafe Gutenberg)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

NOVEMBER 11 --- ART 180's annual Art Karma benefit-- featuring WRIR dj's: Charles Williams, Carlito, Bill Lupoletti


ART KARMA!!! AN ANNUAL SALE TO BENEFIT ART 180!!
ART 180's mission is to give "young people the chance to express themselves through art, to share their stories with others and to discover ways they can positively engage in and influence their surroundings." They are asking for "donated jewelry, scarves, ties, hats, belts, gloves,tiaras, purses, cuff links or any other personal accessories from amateur and professional designers and artists, retail merchants or
anyone willing to donate pieces for the ART KARMA sale on November 11 at Plant Zero, 7-10 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund after-school programs in creative expression. Donations will be collected between now and November 4 at
ASTRA Design, 15 N. Belmont St., between Ellwood and Floyd avenues (Tues-Fri 10:30-6, Sat 10-5); ART 180 at Plant Zero, 0 E.4th St., Studio 56 (Mon-Fri 9-5); and Dransfield Jewelers, 1308 E.Cary St., in Shockoe Slip (Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5).
For more information on ART KARMA and ART 180, call 804-233-4180 or visit their website here. "Help us as we continue working with young people to turn lives and communities around 180 degrees!"

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Monday, November 07, 2005

If Music Could Talk- Archived Shows--Fundraiser week and the Halloween show

Last Night's SETLIST during the Fundraiser.

archive podcast LISTEN Here

also, I just added last week's Halloween show, which featured tracks from the new album by Rudra- Singapore Vedic Metal group, and some other spooky stuff, click HERE!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005

JOSHUA REDMAN Moodswing (on cassette)


back in college i saw Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade perform in the campus auditorium.. i guess looking back, the autographs tell me.. i met the band.. but the music on this tape was always so timeless. and listening to it now, the powerful effect this music had on me has not worn off... the music on this tape means much more than the autograph ... its the "voice" of each musician... on a magnetic ribbon.. and one beautiful song can stay with you, deep down in your heart, for years and years... these songs are memorable and very singable.. even without lyrics.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Neighborhood Resource Center To Host Halloween Bash - Featuring Rattlemouth and Dj Carlito

The Halloween party at the Neighborhood Resource Center was really fun- many thanks to Rattlemouth and the Neighborhood Resource Center for inviting me to perform! I highly recommend getting involved with the Neighborhood Resource Center if you have some skills or time to offer!! They offer everything from courses in Tae Kwan Do, to Music recording, to GED preparatory classes !! (see contact info and link below)

this past weekend:
The Neighborhood Resource Center in Fulton Hill hosted a Halloween Party with partial proceeds going to benefit NRC. The evenings’ entertainment featured “musical gymnastics for the body and spirit” of Rattlemouth, an offshoot from the legendary Ululating Mummies. Led by the incandescent saxophones of Danny Finney (supported by Robbie Kinter-drums, Marc Langelier- bass, and George Lowe- guitar) their music is lush, intricate, mesmerizing, irresistibly danceable, and not to be missed.

Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road
for More Information call the NRC at: 864-5797
or via email :nrc1@comcast.net
rattlemouthmusic@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Classic Dancehall reggae / Last week's show link



CD: DJ Reggae From 1969 To 1979 on Trojan Records- the "evolution" of dancehall "toasting" styles... showcasing the true originators... whose influence can be heard even now, in today's dancehall and hip hop artists..
Last week's show featured recordings from the 1980's in Jamaica from Downbeat International, Gemini Soundsystem inna Skateland, & King Stur Gav .. and my own amateur attempt at a "dub" remix - as humble tribute to the dub forefathers.. and then some "dubbed out" Indian music too.. (since Diwali is next week and Ravi Shankar is coming to town...see previous post)

its a beautiful morning for some early am jackhammering in downtown Richmond!!! next best thing to Foldgers in your cup  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks


Rosa Parks passed away yesterday at the age of 92-- Oct 24 2005. Her refusal to "move to the back of the bus" on December 1st, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, brought worldwide attention to the Civil rights movement. "The entire black community boycotted public buses for 381 days. Dozens of public buses stood idle for months until the law requiring segregation on public buses was lifted." (source)

Actions speak louder than words. and each of us can make a huge difference by making deliberate decisions in our daily lives.. and exercising our right to an opinion.

>>>listen to an interview with Rosa Parks on NPR

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ravi Shankar performs in Richmond on Nov 1 (beginning of Diwali!)


"Ravi Shankar's "Festival of India III" comes to Richmond's Landmark Theater on Tuesday, November 1, 2005, at 7:30 pm. A legendary sitarist and composer, Ravi Shankar is India's most esteemed musical ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician, and is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to this part of the world.
Joined by daughter Anoushka and an ensemble of musicians from India, Mr. Shankar presents a concert celebrating the heart of India's classical music. The concert features Mr. Shankar's own compositions and blends sitar, Indian violin, folk drums, wind instruments and traditional vocals. His 1998 performance at the Carpenter Center sold out, so don't miss this rare opportunity to hear a musical legend." (from Richmond.com)

This year, November 1, 2005 is also the beginning of the Indian Holiday **DIWALI*** (Festival Of Light)

here's Ravi Shankar's website: link

and here's an article my sister Xeni wrote for Grammy Magazine! (there was talk in 2001 of Ravi Shankar retiring from touring so dont miss this show! its a rare opportunity! ) : link
King Malik, tonight's featured guest on If Music Could Talk, is originally from Senegal. Malik's outlook is unique, having lived in Senegal, Harlem, as well as briefly in Hopewell- He now lives in Richmond and is already stirring up all sorts of creative energy. He flows in Wolof, French and English. Malik and collabotator Akeem, were guest hosts this week- along with Roxana Burgana, who is currently putting together JAMATI "africa's premier entertainment portal" www.Jamati.com! I played some of King Malik's tracks (from his WE WANT FREEDOM demo) and we also featured LOTS of music from Senegal. Thanks Malik, Akeem, and Roxana for an incredible show. If music Could Talk- 7-9pm EST on Sundays WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Indie Radio
listen to the show!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

modern life on planet earth : wars for oil and natural disasters- are they connected ?


it may be simplistic of me to try to make that connection-- but since we've been saying "something's gotta change" for so long-- it seems that things are weather we like it or not .. all these natural disasters are pretty terrifying honestly.

"This we know: The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. " -Chief Sealth




can we take responsibility for our affect on the environment? Here's a good film to watch: killowatt ours

(thanks Silver! )

Friday, October 14, 2005

thanks to everyone who showed up for Pangaea Lounge last night at Cafe Gutenberg... listen to the set here and here enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Special Guest - Adam Nathanson- "If Music Could Talk" Oct 8 2005

from last week:
"my guest this week is Adam Nathanson, who has played in many well known punk bands, been a champion of diversity in Richmond, a leader and friendly contact at the 17th street Farmer's Market/MERCADO LINK and a friend to WRIR since way before WE (WRIR) went on the air here in Richmond."
PODCAST LINK

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Special Guest - Carlos Pozzi - on "If Music Could Talk" (archived from May 2005)


***archived show (from May 2005)***-- "Guitar Teacher Carlos Pozzi has taught many people, young and old, to play the guitar. He gave me a new perspective on music in general at an early age- specifically, he taught me to use my ears.
He is the author of his own method of teaching guitar (Mr. Pozzi studied under Maestro Abel Carlevaro  who passed away in 2001.) Mr. Carlos Pozzi has developed and will soon publish his own Guitar Method, a project which has taken years of research and consideration- and it is now almost complete, a fact that Mr. Pozzi expresses with sincere enthusiasm.
AS a teacher, Carlos not only gets you excited about the music, but he also promotes the importance of "playing real music" early on in the student's career.- His method stresses an early intuitive understanding of the guitar as an instrument, proper posture when practicing and playing, & the basic finger positions which translate to "true musical notation" in later lessons.
He performs regularly here in Richmond at Museums, Galleries, Weddings, the Richmond Public Library, even under the Carrilon ( an amazing performance! ) And several times alongside his many students at the Governor's Mansion.
If you haven't heard him play, we might have a chance to give you a sample of his brilliance this Sunday -maybe, by then, Ill have some dates to give you when you can see Carlos Pozzi play live in person..."

[[We also played some music from Argentina, and Uruguay, but mainly focused on Classical Guitar performances by Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Sharon Isben, John Williams, and Carlos Montoya.]]

heres the link to listen to the show!: podcast link

Sunday, October 09, 2005


Khmer Classical Dance Ensemble - Oct 8, 2005 at the 67th National Folk Festival, Richmond, Virginia  Posted by Picasa

Khmer Classical Dance Ensemble - Oct 8, 2005 at the 67th National Folk Festival, Richmond, Virginia  Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 06, 2005


"the Whole City" by Max Ernst -( goes well with the song "Shadows" by Wagon Christ watch the video here: link )

Heavy Metal in Malaysia



Malaysian Heavy Metal records (classic malaysian metal-Kuala Lumpur,1990)
since the 90's, metal in Malaysia, and the rest of the world, has progressed much further than the relatively innocent glam metal ive posted here- transitioning into the darker, more menacing territory.

From one paper i recently read online (which turned out to be a japanese tabloid), authorities in Malaysia suspected "black metal" fans of practicing satanic rituals and "painting their faces like KISS." They also suspect that the "ring leader" of these "cults" is a foreigner-- could it be Gene Simmons?? Back in 2001, these Malaysian metal heads were rounded up, strip searched, questioned, and subsequently dosed with drugs (to help them study better), and forced to attend religious services. Now, from at least one source, the paranoid government crackdown is happening AGAIN!! in Kuala Lumpur!! (I HAVE REMOVED THE LINK TO Mainichi- a Japanese tabloid which wrote on October 5, 2005 that this Malaysian Heavy Metal "cult" was having a "revival" Why?? because the site isnt working for me and it causes problems with my browser when i navigate there.. now, my question is, simply-> WHY ARE THEY WRITING ABOUT THIS AGAIN?? Is Heavy metal STILL a threat in Malaysia? I'll keep you posted )

However, for background on this recent alleged satanic revival read more here: Malaysian Authorities Ban Heavy Metal link
"Herbal cure for Malaysian metal fans"
link
"Dissonant Voices" link

Monday, October 03, 2005

"If music could talk" - last night's show

Last night on "If music could talk" I played music by Carmen Rivera, Mongo Santamaria, Los Chachakas, Tetty Kadi, Elly Kasim, Zam Zam and the Twilights, as well as music from the 1951 Hindi film Madhosh starring Meena Kumari, Cambodian wedding music, some really early reggae, and a track by Gustavo Cerati.
here's the link:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=14359
butterflies of the world (l-r) Madagasgar , Equador , Indonesia -click picture for closer view

Friday, September 30, 2005


Cheick Hamala Diabate performs West African "jeli" music at National Folk Festival in Richmond Oct 7-9th!! MANY MORE PERFORMERS!! check this link! (thanks Jae-Young!)
http://www.nationalfolkfestival.com/event.html

Thursday, September 29, 2005


1960's-70's rock band from the Netherlands (they wrote Venus and Love Buzz.. but their other songs rock too!) Singer Mariska Veres had the original "tough girl" look and a powerful voice to back it up. here's a nice site dedicated to her: http://users.abac.com/gregoryo/mariska/mariska.html

check the video clips here (mirror site) http://users.abac.com/gregoryo/Shockingblue/shockbl2.html

Smita Patil



Smita Patil in a dramatic moment with Rakesh Roshan in the Bollywood film "Aakhir Kyon".


Here is a list of her other films : http://imdb.com/name/nm0665599/
I recommend Mirch Masala ( "Spices" ) if you can find it. In this film, directed by Ketan Mehta, she opened a new door for actresses in Indian cinema, by playing the role of a woman who fights back against male chauvanism- her weapon of choice? hot pepper powder!! (sadly, she passed away in 1986 due to "complications after childbirth" , but her memory survives to this day through her incredible films)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Kitch




Calypso Legend Lord Kitchener

L. shankar- "who's to know" lp- The album cover shown here has a picture of his custom-made, double neck violin. L. Shankar is a master musician- he plays in the Carnatic style - an ancient style of music from Southern India. But he has brought this ancient tradition into the present, giving it his own fiery interpretation (much like Ustad Nusrat Ali Khan did for qawaali music.) He has played with many popular musicians such as Peter Gabriel and FRANK ZAPPA. This lp is one of his finest- fluid and completely beautiful beyond anything i've ever heard.

tonight's show setlist and archive link

archive link: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=14258

setlist:
http://wrir.org/x/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1305

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Charles Mingus- "Beneath the Underdog"


a long time back, i read Charles Mingus' autobiography : Beneath the Underdog: His World As Composed by Mingus (Vintage Books, ISBN: 0679737618) It has actually been years since i read the book, but some of the words and surreal anecdotes resurface in my mind quite frequently. If you've ever heard Mingus' music- its the same... the melodies and rhythms get stuck in your head.. PERMANENTLY.

http://www.mingusmingusmingus.com

my favorite cd by Mingus: the Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

If Music could Talk - Podcast of Last Week's Show



this past Sunday's edition of "If music could talk" featured the legendary London based Caribbean Funk band - Cymande http://www.cymande.co.uk/band/band.htm , CLASSIC excerpts from a spoken word/music lp by Amiri Baraka http://www.amiribaraka.com - (thanks Steve Dalachinsky!) , also some dubs by Lee Perry- dancehall lyrics from the Lone Ranger- and a dark/moody dubbed out track by the late Keith Hudson called "California" http://www.firecorner.com/magazine/hudson/
I also played a half hour set of 70's Hong Kong vocalists backed by the famous Hong Kong/Singapore band The Stylers!
featured vocalists: Lisa Wong, Ervinna, and Teresa Teng

"If music could talk" 7-9pm EST Sundays www.wrir.org
here's the archive link for this show (dont forget to donate to radio4all!) :
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=14184

Pangaea Lounge AUGUST 2005

http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=14199

"Pop Melayu" - Indonesia's EMILIA CONTESSA


old school "Pop Melayu" by Emilia Contessa of Indonesia. This record, 27 September, is incredibly beautiful... a mix of pop disco and traditional krontjong music..  Posted by Picasa

please note - no comments will be approved here that contain links to unrelated websites -- so stop spamming please.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005



photoshopped image from a vintage postcard - Nigerian dancers

Amitabh Bachchan legendary Bollywood actor

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings -Live- Charlottesville, VA (last night) the show was incredible! im always knocked out by their performances -
for tour info on Sharon Jones and the Dapkings- plus the latest greatest soul on wax here's the link www.daptonerecords.com

Thursday, September 01, 2005


extra extra read all about it--- WUNMI (www.wunmi.com) teamed up with these other artists to bring the cultcha! AFRO PUNK !! I hear it was slammin!  Posted by Picasa