Posts Tagged ‘James Brown’

African Rhythms, KFAI 11/6/14

November 17, 2014



The November 6 African Rhythms has a look back at Zaire 74 (immortalized in the documentary Soul Power), the three day concert in Kinshasa that preceded the Rumble in the Jungle, curated by Hugh Masekela and featuring James BrownManu DibangoMiriam Makeba and many other African and American music stars. Still a few days left to check it out online: via KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul.



African Rhythms, KFAI 08/07/14

August 7, 2014

Lord Creator LP

Musical nods to the James Brown and Fela Kuti films currently in theaters, a new song from Somi, a salute to Jamaican Independence Day, and much more awaits you on today’s edition of African Rhythms — — via KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul.


LP cover: I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me

February 14, 2011

James Brown on King Records, 1968


Temposphere, KFAI 07/24/10

July 24, 2010

Some new tracks by contemporary luminaries like Shawn Lee, Bibi Tanga & the Selenites and Ocotea (Georgia Anne Muldrow’s new spiritual jazz project) mixed nicely with cuts from venerable artists including Sugar Minott, James Brown and Gilberto Gil on tonight’s installment of Temposphere on KFAI. The show is available for MP3 streaming (2 weeks only) directly from the KFAI site, where you can also view the playlist (here as well, after the break).

photo: Carmen Miranda, 1930; All Things Amazing


Soul Power (2009)

February 23, 2010

The perfect companion film to When We Were Kings and a document of a great cross-cultural moment of the 70s. Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte. With James Brown, The Spinners, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Manu Dibango, The Fania All Stars with Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Hector Lavoe and Ray Barretto, B.B. King, Franco and OK Jazz, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, Muhammad Ali, Don King.

Temposphere, KFAI 11/28/09

November 28, 2009

Although some stumblebum was announcing the show, the flow of music on tonight’s edition of Temposphere was quite scintillating, ranging from the vintage R&B of Stevie Wonder (listen to that track Visions from Innervisions – just gorgeous) and James Brown to contemporary samba soul by Seu Jorge and Ed Motta to deep roots from Junior Reid and the Itals to the hipster jazz vocals of Mark Murphy and The Third Wave, and much, much more. The magic of internet streaming allows you to enjoy the show at your leisure during the next two weeks so by all means partake. The playlist is posted at the KFAI site and here as well, after the break.

I’ve lost the source of the vintage photo above but it’s from one of those saucy image sites like All Thing Amazing.


King Records of Cincinnati

January 25, 2009

Read a little about the story of King Records (shipping department pictured), onetime home to James Brown, not to mention Wynonie Harris, Nina Simone, Hank Ballard, the Stanley Brothers, Charlie Feathers, and Little Willie John.

James Brown 1974

November 12, 2008

While the DVD set I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the 60’s was a slight disappointment (mostly due to the horrendous sound quality of the live shows; the documentary included is essential), clips like the one here from the Midnight Special (a white-hot medley of The Payback, I Can’t Stand It, Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag and lots more) keep floating around to keep up happy while we wait for the release of the Zaire Rumble In The Jungle concert.

African Salute to James Brown

August 30, 2008

It could have been billed the American Salute to James Brown: JB stalwarts Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley were up front and center, with Pee Wee in charge of the proceedings. The funk came hard and strong, with some curveballs thrown in like a lovely Try Me with vocals by Martha High and doo-wop backing by Pee Wee and company. 2 bona fide African stars made it to Minneapolis: Vieux Farka Toure and Chiekh Lo each had a star turn, most spectacularly on This Is A Man’s World with stunning vocals by Lo. It would have been nice to hear more from Lo and Farka Toure, but the music was so strong all night it’s hard to quibble. (Above: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Charles McNeil at the Dakota, Minneapolis, August 25, 2008. Photo by Mitchel Anderson.)

Vieux Farka Toure in Bamako

August 13, 2008

Some guitar wizardry by Vieux Farka Toure at home in Bamako, courtesy of Modiba Productions. Vieux Farka Toure is part of the highly anticipated Still Black Still Proud tour (subtitle: The African Tribute To James Brown), put together by Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley from James Brown’s unforgettable seventies ensembles. They’ll be at the Dakota in Minneapolis on August 25, and according to the Dakota website, the great Nigerian drummer Tony Allen will be part of the band, along with the amazing Senegalese singer Cheikh Lo.