At home with George Porter Jr.! Podcast 184

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itunes-button1Whoa! This one went viral.  Here is the full hour podcast interview and below is a half hour of video interview with George Porter.  As the bass player of the Meters, George Porter, Jr. defined one of the most influential styles of popular music. It’s now called “Funk.”  Beyond that he’s on a million records including all the killer material coming out of the Sea-Saint studio in New Orleans with cats like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers and later with people like Paul McCartney and John Scofield, (check out Sco’s Piety Street Album!)

George Porter Jr. and his Funky Friends will be in performing in New York City 

 

Here’s the full half hour of video from the second part of the interview where he teaches how NOT to play “Cissy Strut”

Raja Kassis, Human Being Podcast 114

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db882c3277db27a3-1897940_10152332007126979_1273539798_n-e14083881846341-1After a smoking live set last night from Foday Musa Suso, the great guitarist Raja Kassis came into WKCR with his smokin’ new album Human Being.  Raja is known for his work with Blitz the Ambassador, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Seun Kuti, Antibalas and many others.

We conclude the broadcast with  a track from Edwin Quirk’s new  Fractal Caravan album.

 

Finding Fela! Femi Kuti and friends remember Fela Kuti – Podcast 110

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Fela used music as a weapon against injustice. He was beaten, arrested over 200 times, married 27 women and was buried in a glass coffin with a spliff in his hand. We’re still trying to get a handle on who he was and what he means. In this podcast we’ll be talking with his son Femi Kuti, Alex Gibney, Academy Award winning director of the new documentary “Finding Fela,” his friend and manager Rikki Stein and producer Stephen Handel.