Explore an interview with Mitchell Kezin - director, writer, and producer of the new documentary film Jingle Bell Rocks! The film explores the underground world of Christmas music and the collectors who continually surface lost selections from the ghosts of Christmas past. The film features interviews with Clarence Carter, Wayne Coyne, Bob Dorough, Mighty Sparrow, Joseph "Rev Run DMC" Simmons, John Waters, and more.
Local Gold: In advance of their 11/14/14 CD release concert at the Gothic Theatre, we caught up with Hayley Helmericks of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake to chat about their album. We premiered "The Breath and the Glow" from Totem. Hayley discussed the process the band went through to create the highly anticipated new recording.
Alsarah & The Nubatones is an International music collective out of Brooklyn, New York. They came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian ‘songs of return’ from the 1970s-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan.
Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation – a designation which doesn’t quite paint the picture. As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship genius grant. Those are more apparent than ever on her new release Southern Comfort. KGNU's EC caught up with her by phone.
Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, better known as Femi Kuti, is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi has continued the tradition of Afrobeat and continues to spread the infectious sounds and political messages of the music in Lagos and abroad. KGNU's Ewket Assefa had an opportunity to catch up with Femi on a recent visit to Colorado.
Ornette Coleman is a musical giant. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. His work as an improvisational musician and composer is monumental. KGNU's Sam Fuqua had a chance to speak with Ornette Coleman in the Fall of 2006, shortly after the release of his 'Sound Grammar' album.
Seun Anikulapo-Kuti is the youngest son of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. At age 14, after the death of his father in 1997, Seun took over the leadership of Fela's legendary band - Egypt 80. We spoke with Seun by phone as his tour bus moved through a barren stretch of Utah.
Will Holland is a musician and producer who records under the name Quantic. Since his first release we have been fascinated by the many twists and turns of his musical career. We caught up with Will by email from his home in Cali, Colombia. We had a number of questions for him including the evolution of his early electronic sound to his passion for Cumbia and Latin American rhythms.
The original dance party gets an update from A Tribe Called Red. Find out how Electric Pow Wow is taking over the planet. A Tribe Called Red is a trio of Canadian DJs from Ottawa. Since 2008 they have been creating their own electronic sub-genere, electric pow wow, and are quickly emerging as a musical and political force. KGNU caught up with the members of the group, Bear Witness, DJ NDN, and Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub by phone from Bear's home in Ottawa.
Peter Rowan is a living legend of Bluegrass music. Born on the the 4th of July in 1942, Peter’s musical career has led him far and wide on a genre-blurring journey. KGNU’s Neil Smart had a chance to chat with Peter Rowan on a sunny Friday morning around the time of the release of “The Old School” on Compass Records.