My Archive: Radio

Dameun Strange

The Strange Music of “Mother King”

Composer Dameun Strange has loved opera ever since he was a little kid. For over 25 years, he struggled to compose an opera of his own. Now Strange has teamed up with other black artists to create a new opera about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mother — Alberta. But writing the music wasn’t easy.

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2017 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards

2017 Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards

Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and yes, radio journalism. I received a first place award for “How Black Lives Matter Got an Anthem,” which I reported and produced for KFAI’s Minneculture series.

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From Cuba to Minnesota: The Birth of Charanga Tropical

Fifteen years ago, American musician Doug Little traveled Cuba to study Latin jazz. In Havana, he met a flute teacher who introduced him to a traditional Cuban musical style called “charanga.” He hasn’t looked back.

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Carlos Stroia De'Monica Flye and Kendra Glenn

Arnellia’s: Our Own Apollo

For 25 years, Arnellia’s Bar and Restaurant in St. Paul is where generations of African Americans have gathered for live music, birthday celebrations, and even a weekly game of cards. Many local musicians started their careers here. Arnellia’s will be closing on April 30, 2017. I spoke to longtime customers and performers about the club’s legacy.

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