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Diasporic Music

host picture Podcast Link: feed feed Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."
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Ezili Danto; Halloween songs; Tribute to Augie Johnson
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2014-10-26 Interview with Ezili Danto of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network. Musical tribute to August William "Augie" Johnson, who recently joined the ancestors. Johnson was a founding member of both the vocal group Side Effect and backing band the L.A. Boppers, also known as the Boppers. Side Effect recorded the hit songs "Always There" and "Keep That Same Old Feeling". Featured music this week is Halloween songs and music by late reggae singer John Holt (11 July 1947 - 19 October 2014). Birthday tribute to Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 - January 27, 1972). Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook
Dermot Hussey; Tribute to Peter Tosh
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2014-10-19 Special guest is Dermot Hussey of Sirius XM satellite radio station The Joint, devoted to reggae and dancehall music. Hussey is co-author of Bob Marley: Reggae King of the World and producer of the Marley interview on Marley's album Talkin' Blues. He's been awarded a Musgrave Medal, the prestigious Jamaican award for services to media and music, and he was inducted into the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Hall of Fame. Musical tribute to Peter Tosh. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Tribute to Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter; Linden Beckford; Jeanette Baker; Music from Los Angeles
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2014-10-12 Bunchy Carter was born on October 12, 1942 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was influenced by Haiti's Jean-Jaques Dessalines and Kenya's Dedon Kamathi Land and Freedom Party AKA Mau Mau. Southern California based writer Linden Beckford. Beckford attended Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana where he majored in history. Beckford is currently working on the biography of Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter, due to be completed by 2015. The multi-talented Jeanette Baker returns. Music from Los Angeles based artists: Jesse Belvin, Jeanette Baker, Bettye Swann, The Larks, Don Julian, Ted Watkins & Charlie Morrison, M - M & The Peanuts, The Shields and The Cliques, Jessie Belvin & Eugene Church. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Jeanette Baker; Phil Taylor; Spotlight on Aswad
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2014-10-05 Special guest is singer, songwriter, and pianist Jeanette Baker. Phil Taylor of The Taylor Report on CUIT 89.5 FM in Toronto, Canada interviews Jalali about revolutionary ancestor Milton Blake, co-founder of the Toronto Chapter of the Black Music Association, and the film The Equalizer. The musical spotlight shines on Aswad. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Prexy Nesbitt; Cornelius Moore, Soundtrack music
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2014-09-28 Prexy Nesbitt will discuss the 90th birthday of Amilcar Cabral. Visit PrexyNesbitt.com. Co-Director at California Newsreel Cornelius Moore discusses the Toronto International Film Festival, CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, and the Pan African Film Festival. Featured music this week is Soundtrack music and more. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Carole Boyce-Davies; The music of Fela, Roy Ayers, & Somi
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2014-09-14 Recorded interview of Carole Boyce-Davies. Boyce-Davies is the author of Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones, as well as other publications. Enjoy the sounds of Fela Kuti, Roy Ayers, and Somi. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Musical salute to Bunny Wailer and more!
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2014-09-07 Musical salute to Neville O'Riley Livingston, also known as Bunny Wailer. Wailer performed along with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley as an original member of the reggae band The Wailers. Diasporic Music. News that you can use, songs that you can trust. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Interviews with Malinda Francis and Kiilu Nyasha; Tribute to Syreeta Wright-Muhammad
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2014-08-31 Richmond interviews Malinda Francis aka Docuvixen, Festival Director at CaribbeanTales International Film Festival. Kiilu Nyasha will discuss Black August 2014. Musical tribute to Syreeta Wright-Muhammad and more. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Dr. Gerald Horne; El Jones; Silly little love songs and more!
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2014-08-24 Join Norman in discussion with professor, historian, and author Dr. Gerald Horne on Horne's 2 new books "Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow" and "The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America." Norman talks with Halifax, Nova Scotia based poet laureate, teacher, and spoken word activist El Jones. Halifax stands with Ferguson, Missouri. New song "Black Rage" by Lauryn Hill in response to the African uprising in Ferguson. Silly little love songs from Toronto's Divine Brown, Ali "Ollie" Woodson, The Floaters, and Wilson Meadows. Afro-Cuban music from Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie & Chano Pozo, Jayne Cortez, and Mario Bauza. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Rewind - Queen GodIs; Efia Nwangaza; Black Music Month
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2014-08-10 Special guest is Queen GodIs, an international (Poet, MC, Artistic Director & Performance Art Therapist) whose work serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. Follow Queen GodIs on Instagram and Twitter; like Queen GodIs on Facebook and Youtube. Our Black Music Month 2014 series continues with a discussion with Efia Nwangaza of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and radio station WMXP-LP 95.5 FM in Greenville, South Carolina. Nwangaza is an attorney and lifelong civil/human rights activist and freedom fighter. Tributes to the late great activist, poet, actor and playwright Ruby Dee ( October 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014) by journalist Mumia Abu Jamal and late activist-poet Amiri Baraka. Father's Day music and more! Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

*this show originally aired on June 15th, 2014*
Replay: August is Black: Remember Black August & A Tribute to the Red, Black & Green
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2014-08-03

Replay: We talk with Kumasi and Shaka, who were both locked down with Comrade George Jackson. The Los Angeles-based Kumasi and the Oakland-based Shaka are part of the Black August Organizing Committee. Also, joining in the discussion will be the Washington D.C.-based, Naji Mujahid of the Black August Planning Organization.

Kiilu Nyasha pointed out, "Primarily, August is the month we recall the great loss exacted upon our Black revolutionary movement with the assassination of George Jackson and his younger brother, the teen-aged Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan was martyred [in 1970] when he led the August 7th rebellion; George was martyred a year later, August 21."

We also talk with Rupert Charles Lewis, the author of "Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought". Lewis is an expert on Marcus Garvey who will discuss the Red, Black & Green flag, Garvey's use of the press and his relevance to this period. August 13th is the 90th anniversary of the origin of the Red Black and Green flag.Lewis' others works on Garvey are "Marcus Garvey:Anti - Colonial Champion", "Garvey: His Work and Impact" and "Garvey: Africa, Europe, the Americas".

Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Replay: Kali Akuno; Amanda Parris; Honoring mothers with music
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2014-07-27 Replay: Kali Akuno returns to discuss the recent Jackson, Mississippi mayoral election held on April 8th. Kali Akuno is an activist, educator and writer, and facilitates the blog Navigating The Storm. Richmond interviews Toronto, Canada based and London, England born actor/playwright and storyteller Amanda Parris. Amanda Parris is co-founder of Lost Lyrics, and has an upcoming reading for the play 'Other Side of the Game' as part of The Ride or Die Project at the 13th annual rock paper sistahz Festival. We honor and celebrate mothers on this day with special Mother's Day music from the African diaspora. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Replay: John Artis; Malinda Francis; music from Jamaica, England, India and more!
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2014-07-20 Replay: Special guests are John Artis, who went to prison with the late famed boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (May 6, 1937 - April 20, 2014), and filmmaker and social activist Malinda Francis. Malinda Francis a.k.a. docuvixen is associate director of The Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase 2014. She is also Co-host of Saturday Morning Live on Radio Regent in Toronto, Canada. Music from Material, featuring Sly & Robbie, Bootsy Collins, Garry Shider and others performing Cosmic Slop, Papa Wemba from the Republic of Congo, Otis Redding, and The Spinners' and Senegal's Youssou N'Dour's versions of 'Rubberband Man'. Diasporic Music. African music made in the West but not of the West. African music made at home. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Sly Dunbar; Salute to Fuzzy Haskins; Tribute to Paul Williams
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2014-07-13 Drummer Sly Dunbar returns. Salute to singer-songwriter and musician Clarence Eugene "Fuzzy" Haskins, formerly of Parliament-Funkadelic. Tribute to Paul Williams, the heart and soul of The Temptations (July 2, 1939 - August 17, 1973). Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Tribute to Bobby Womack and Adrian Worrell
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2014-07-06 Musical tribute to Cleveland-born multi-genre, singer-songwriter and musician Bobby Womack, who has joined the ancestors (March 4, 1944 - June 27, 2014). Rewind of the recently aired tribute to colleague Adrian Worrell of Saturday Morning Live on Radio Regent based in Toronto, Canada. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Charles Wright; Dyana Williams; Tribute to Jimmy Scott; Black Music Month
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2014-06-29 This week: Charles Wright of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, a pioneering African soul and funk band based in colonial U.S. Formed in the early 1960s, they had the most visibiity from 1967 to 1973...when the band had 9 singles reach Billboard's pop and/or rhythm and blues Hot 100 lists, such as "Do Your Thing", "Till You Get Enough", and "Love Land". They are best known for their biggest hit on Warner Bros. Records, 1970s "Express Yourself" a song that has been sampled by rap group N.W.A. amongst others. Norman talks with veteran broadcast radio personality and entertainment industry professional Dyana Williams. Williiams is the co-founder of the International Association of African American Music Foundation (IAAAM Foundation), the CEO of Influence Entertainment, and helped to establish Black Music Month. Musical tribute to legendary Cleveland-born vocalist Jimmy Scott, known as "Little Jimmy Scott", who joined the ancestors on June 12, 2014. Join Diasporic Music for this final episode of Black Music Month 2014. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Queen GodIs; Efia Nwangaza; Black Music Month
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2014-06-15 Special guest is Queen GodIs, an international (Poet, MC, Artistic Director & Performance Art Therapist) whose work serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. Follow Queen GodIs on Instagram and Twitter; like Queen GodIs on Facebook and Youtube. Our Black Music Month 2014 series continues with a discussion with Efia Nwangaza of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and radio station WMXP-LP 95.5 FM in Greenville, South Carolina. Nwangaza is an attorney and lifelong civil/human rights activist and freedom fighter. Tributes to the late great activist, poet, actor and playwright Ruby Dee ( October 27, 1922 - June 11, 2014) by journalist Mumia Abu Jamal and late activist-poet Amiri Baraka. Father's Day music and more! Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Glen Ford; Gloria Rolando; Music from the African Diaspora
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2014-06-08 Norman talks with journalist, author, and executive editor of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford about the music industry, and filmmaker Gloria Rolando. Diasporic Music celebrates 35 years of Black Music Month with music from Steel Pulse, Koko Taylor, KRS-One, George Curtis "GC" Cameron, and Buckshot LeFonque featuring the late Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014). Sounds from Cuba, Nicaragua and more. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Black Music Month 2014 begins; Vern Smith; Dr. Charles E. Simmons
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2014-06-01 Save Black Music: Black Music Month Special discussion with independent author, journalist and screenwriter Vern E. Smith. Smith is author of the novel "The Jones Men." Norman talks with Dr. Charles E. Simmons about the life and legacy of labor activist General Gordon Baker (1941 - 2014). Dr. Simmons, along with his wife Reverend Sandra Simmons, is a Co-founder of The Hush House Black Community Museum and Leadership Training Institute for Human Rights, and in 2011 launched The International Hush House Women's Center. Dr. Simmons is an activist and community advocate committed to local and global community building as it relates to social education, and economic and environmental justice. His commitment in service as a Human Rights Activist spans 50 years. Dr. Charles Simmons is a tenured full professor of Journalism and Law at Eastern Michigan University. He also served on the faculty of Howard University and California State University Los Angeles and a Visiting Professor at Wayne State University. His commendations include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Wayne State University for community service; the Sierra Club award for environmental journalism; and an award from the New York Associatoin of Black Journalists for online journalists. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Tribute to General Gordon Baker, Jr.; Musical salute to LeRoy Hutson
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2014-05-25

Tribute to General Gordon Baker, a longtime labor activist, author, and founder of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. General Baker, Jr. joined the ancestors on May 18, 2014. We will re-air our interview with General Baker, originally broadcast on Diasporic Music on July 28, 2013.

Musical salute to musician/singer-songwriter/producer LeRoy Hutson, featuring songs recorded by Donny Hathaway and Voices of East Harlem produced by Hutson. LeRoy Hutson has worked with Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield and others, and replaced Mayfield as a member of the vocal group The Impressions. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Ramon San Vicente; musical tribute to Malcolm X
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2014-05-18 Interview with Ramon San Vicente. San Vicente is an emcee, author and educator who has spent years writing, performing and living Hip Hop as a member of the group UBAD. He is one of the authors of 'Rhymes to ReEducation', a Hip Hop Curriculum resource guide. We will listen to Kiilu Nyasha talk with Yuri Kochiyama about Yuri Kochiyama's relationship with Malcolm X. Kochiyama was born four years before Malcolm X on May 19, 1921. Malcolm's 89th birthday is May 19th, 2014. Kochiyama was a Japanese-American member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) and currently resides in California. We will also listen to Maya Angelou talk about Malxolm X. Tributes to Malcolm X with music by Archie Shepp, Dennis Brown, and Miriam and Bongi Makeba. Music from Sa-Roc and David Banner, Aretha Franklin, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Paul Robeson. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Kali Akuno; Amanda Parris; Honoring mothers with music
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2014-05-11 Kali Akuno returns to discuss the recent Jackson, Mississippi mayoral election held on April 8th. Kali Akuno is an activist, educator and writer, and facilitates the blog Navigating The Storm. Richmond interviews Toronto, Canada based and London, England born actor/playwright and storyteller Amanda Parris. Amanda Parris is co-founder of Lost Lyrics, and has an upcoming reading for the play 'Other Side of the Game' as part of The Ride or Die Project at the 13th annual rock paper sistahz Festival. We honor and celebrate mothers on this day with special Mother's Day music from the African diaspora. Visit Norman's blog. Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
John Artis; Malinda Francis; music from Jamaica, England, India and more!
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2014-05-04 Special guests are John Artis, who went to prison with the late famed boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (May 6, 1937 - April 20, 2014), and filmmaker and social activist Malinda Francis. Malinda Francis a.k.a. docuvixen is associate director of The Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Showcase 2014. She is also Co-host of Saturday Morning Live on Radio Regent in Toronto, Canada. Music from Material, featuring Sly & Robbie, Bootsy Collins, Garry Shider and others performing Cosmic Slop, Papa Wemba from the Republic of Congo, Otis Redding, and The Spinners' and Senegal's Youssou N'Dour's versions of 'Rubberband Man'. Diasporic Music. African music made in the West but not of the West. African music made at home. Visit Norman O. Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Randy Weston; tribute to Cassandra Wilson
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2014-04-27 Discussion with jazz pianist, composer and lecturer Randy Weston, who was a personal acquaintance of jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 to May 24, 1974). Sir Duke's 115th birthday is April 29th, 2014. Music dedication to boxing legend Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 1999 film 'The Hurricane.' Rubin Carter joined the ancestors on April 20, 2014. Musical tribute to Cassandra Wilson, a Jackson, Mississippi-born jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Ira McKinley; Kali Akuno; music from South Africa; tribute to Linda Cooke-Womack
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2014-04-20

Interview with Ira McKinley, a community activist, filmmaker, and co-producer and director of the documentary film 'The Throwaways', a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black males in America. "The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people of color." - Michelle Alexander, author The New Jim Crow. Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement returns to discuss the upcoming mayoral election in Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday, April 22nd and the campaign of mayoral candidate Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Akuno is an educator and writer and hosts a blog at blackagendareport.com and facilitates the blog Navigating The Storm.

We bring you the sounds of South Africa with Miriam Makeba, Lucky Dube, Soweto Gospel Choir, and Brenda Fassie. Musical tribute to Chicago-born singer-songwriter and half of music duo Womack and Womack, Linda Cooke-Womack. She is co-writer of the hit song "Love TKO", recorded by the late Teddy Pendergrass and several others, and she is the daughter of the late great soul and gospel singer Sam Cooke. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Jackson, Mississippi election update; Kali Akuno interview - rewind; Tributes to Wynton Kelly and Carmen McCrae
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2014-04-13 Update on Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba's Jackson, Mississippi mayoral election campaign with campaign manager Tyson Jackson. Rewind of a previously aired interview with Kali Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Kali Akuno talks about the late activist, attorney, human rights advocate, and Jackson, Missippi mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Musical tributes to legendary jazz pianist Wynton Kelly (December 2, 1931 - April 12, 1971) and jazz singer, composer and pianist Carmen McCrae (April 8, 1920 - November 10, 1994). Spotlight on the voices of bass vocalists Ray Davis, Harry McGilberry, Melvin Franklin and Jimmy Ricks. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Nevline Nnaji; Abdul Alkalimat; the Blues; Tribute to Rita Marley
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2014-04-06 Interview with Nevline Nnaji, a New York-based film producer and director of the feature-length documentary "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights", which contains personal stories of former black female Civil Rights activists during the 1960s and 70s. Nevline Nnaji also helped form the New Negress Film Society. Professor Abdul Alkalimat returns for discussion on the Illuminati and who runs America. Dr. Alkalimat is an author and professor of library and information science, and African American studies. He is the editor of several websites. Richmond plays music from blues artists, including Willie "Sonny Boy" Williamson II. Musical tribute to singer Rita Marley, the widow of reggae singer-musician Bob Marley. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
International Women's History Month; Tiki Mercury-Clarke; Ezili Danto; Spoken word music; Fannie Lou Hamer tribute
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2014-03-30 Our celebration of International Women's History Month concludes with very special guest Tiki Mercury-Clarke. Tiki Mercury-Clarke is a multi-talented Canadian-born singer-pianist, storyteller, lyricist, composer and cultural historian. She has become a keeper of Afrikan ancestral wisdom, and, in harmony with tradition, a vessel for the often hard to find, authentic, African North American musical expression called jazz. Rewind of an interview with Ezili Danto of the Hatian Lawyers Leadership Network. Richmond features more spoken word songs performed by women. Gil Scott-Heron's tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer and more! Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
International Women's History Month Continues; poet Helen Williams-rewind; Tribute to Jean Carne
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2014-03-23 The celebration of International women's history month continues with a speech by voting rights activist and human rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer (born Fannie Lou Townsend; October 6, 1917 - March 14, 1977). Mississippi-born Hamer is known for her quote "All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." Rebroadcast of Los Angeles-based poet Helen Williams' discussion on her book "From Birth to Longevity", originally aired in 2013. Musical salute to African women from Canada, featuring Michie Mee, Deborah Cox, Divine Brown, Jully Black, Carol Brown and Tiki Mercury-Clarke. Tribute to Georgia-born jazz and soul vocalist Jean Carne. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Cornelius Moore; Ezili Danto; Spotlight on Ella Andall
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2014-03-16 Special guests are Cornelius Moore of California Newsreel, and Ezili Danto of the Hatian Lawyers Leadership Network. The musical spotlight shines on Grenada-born Ella Andall and the celebration of International Women's History Month continues. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Councillor Adam Vaughan; Mayembe' Malayika; International Women's History Month
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2014-03-09 Councillor Adam Vaughan discusses Toronto mayor Rob Ford's ongoing circus. Richmond interviews singer-songwriter Mayembe' Malayika, based in Germany with Congolese roots. The sounds of women in hip-hop poetry and spoken word in celebration of International Women's History Month, featuring Queen GodIs and Dana Bryant. Diasporic Music. News that U can use, songs that U can trust. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
International Women's History Month; El Jones; Kali Akuno
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2014-03-02 El Jones, professor and spoken word activist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will discuss International Women's History Month and what took place during African Liberation Month. Organizer, educator, and writer for human rights and social justice Kali Akuno discusses the life and legacy of the late Jackson, Mississippi Mayor, and human rights and civil rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba. Detroit, Michigan-born Lumumba joined the ancestors on February 25th, 2014. Akuno is an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and former Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network. He is presently the Coordinator for Special Projects and External Funding for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson, MS. Music from Millie Small, Celia Cruz, Marcia Griffith, and Betty Wright. Diasporic Music. News that U can use, songs that U can trust. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Tribute to William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke; Special guests are author Michael Hamlin and Motion, a poet and playwright
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2014-02-23 Musical tribute to Jamaica-born William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, who joined the ancestors on February 2, 2014. Clarke was lead singer of reggae band Third World, whose most popular recording was the 1978 hit "Now That We've Found Love", written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. African Liberation Month continues with Michael Hamlin, author of 'A Black Revolutionary's Life in Labor: Black Workers Power in Detroit'. The film 'Finally Got the News' features Detroit's Black labor movement. *film contains adult language* Richmond interviews Motion, a Toronto based emcee/poet and playwright. Her award-winning play Aneemah's Spot was featured at Summerworks, and appears in the TD Then & Now Festival in 2014. Her poetry is published in her two collections - Motion in Poetry and 40 Dayz (Women's Press)- and has been recently featured in Give Voice (Playwrights Canada), The Great Black North (Frontenac), and In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac). Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
African Liberation Month! Akinyele Omowale Umoja; Ushindi Watu; Habib Koite
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2014-02-16 Celebrating African Liberation Month with special guest Akinyele Omowale Umoja, an educator, scholar-activist, and author of 'We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement'. Dr. Umoja is also a founding member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Comrade Ushindi Watu of The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) talks about InPDUM's upcoming telethon and membership drive. Interview with musician and vocalist from Mali, Habib Koite, known as the modern griot. Music from The Wailers, Third World, Marvin Gaye, Millie Jackson and more! Diasporic Music. News that U can use, songs that U can trust. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Diasporic Music is pre-empted for the Imperialism in Crisis: Build Dual Power Conference, LIVE from St. Petersburg, Florida
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2014-02-09 Diasporic Music will be "Black" on Sunday, February 16th, 2014. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Mike Hamlin; Tribute to Horace Silver; Al-Nisa Barbara Banks' interview - rewind
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2014-02-02 Interview with Mike Hamlin, author of 'A Black Revolutionary's Life in Labor: Black Workers Power in Detroit'. View the film on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, 'Finally Got The News'. ADVISORY: *This film contains adult language* Rewind of the interview with Al-Nisa Barbara Banks, editor of the weekly newspaper Challenger Community News in Buffalo, N.Y., originally aired on January 26th, 2014. Musical tribute to Norwalk, Connecticut-born jazz pianist Horace Silver. Diasporic Music. News that you can use, songs that you can trust. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Yves Engler; Al-Nisa Barbara Banks; Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
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2014-01-26 Yves Engler, activist and author of 'THE UGLY CANADIAN: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy, returns to discuss Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's first visit to Israel. Richmond interviews Al-Nisa Barbara Banks, editor of the Challenger Community News in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1980, Banks was honored by the United Nation's Black American-Arab Friendship Committee for fair and objective reporting. She has also been honored as Citizens of the Year by Buffalo News Magazine. Music from Ivory Coast-born Fatoumata Diawara from Mali, German-Congolese artist and composer Mayembe Malayika and more! Musical tribute to the slain Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who would have celebrated his 85th birthday on January 15th, 2014. Diasporic Music. News that you can use, songs that you can trust. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
The Real Sun; Linden Beckford, Jr.; Tribute to Amiri Baraka
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2014-01-19 Richmond interviews Toronto, Canada based artist, educator and community builder, The Real Sun, and Southern California based writer Linden Beckford. Beckford attended Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana where he majored in history. He lectured on the life of Bob Marley at Cal Poly Pomona University and has also given a presentation at USC on the Black Southern migration to Los Angeles (as a member of Southern CA Oral History Association). Beckford is currently working on the biography of Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter, due to be completed by 2015. Tribute to activist, poet and writer Amiri Baraka, who joined the ancestors on January 9th, 2014. Music from a variety of blues artists. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Gerald Alston & Blue Lovett; Paul Mooney
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2014-01-12 Special guests are Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett of the R & B vocal group The Manhattans. Richmond interviews Paul Mooney, a comedian, writer, and social critic. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Glen Ford; Musical tribute to Haiti
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2014-01-05 Glen Ford, executive director of Black Agenda Report.com and founding member of the Black is Back Coalition, looks back at 2013. Musical tribute to Haiti with Charles Mingus, David Rudder and Mutaburaka. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Rupert Lewis; El Jones; Tribute to Yusef Lateef
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2013-12-29 Professor Rupert Lewis will discuss events that took place in 2013 in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Professor Lewis has written extensively on the work of Marcus Garvey, with special emphasis on his activities in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean. His most recent publication focuses on the life and political thought of Walter Rodney. His other publication is Garvey: His Work and Impact. (Edited with Pat Bryan), Africa World Press, 1994. Richmond interviews Halifax, Nova Scotia based poet laureate, teacher, and spoken word activist El Jones, who is currently the artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective. Musical tribute to Tennessee-born jazz saxophonist, oboist, flutist and composer Yusef Lateef, who joined the ancestors on December 23rd, 2013. Award winning Dr. Lateef was a professor of music and music education, and a 2010 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Ezili Danto; JuLion King; Spotlight on Eddie Kendricks
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2013-12-22 Ezili Danto of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) discusses the current situation in Haiti. Author of 'Three Finger Jack-The Spirit of Jamaica', JuLion King. The musical spotlight shines on Alabama-born singer-songwriter and Temptation, Edward James Kendrick, known throughout the music world as Eddie Kendricks. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Sly Dunbar; Pat Watson; Spotlight on Rokia Traore'
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2013-12-15 Special guests are reggae drummer Sly Dunbar and Pat Watson, author of 'In Through A Coloured Lens'. The musical spotlight shines on Mali born singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traore'. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Diasporic Music is pre-empted for the live broadcast of the Sixth Congress of the APSP
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2013-12-08 Diasporic Music resumes on Sunday, December 15th, 2013. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Yves Engler; Eric Mercury; The music of Salif Keita
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2013-12-01 Richmond interviews Yves Engler, activist and author of 'THE UGLY CANADIAN: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy', and Toronto born singer, songwriter and musician Eric "Electric Black Man" Mercury. Music from afropop singer-songwriter Salif Keita, the Golden Voice of Mali. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Munyonzwe Hamalengwa; Dr. Gerald Horne; Spotlight on Dizzy Gillespie
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2013-11-24 Richmond interviews human rights lawyer Munyonzwe Hamalengwa, and historian and author Dr. Gerald Horne on his new book, 'Black Revolutionary William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle'. The musical spotlight shines on South Carolina born jazz trumpeter John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Diasporic Music. Songs that you can trust, news that you can use. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Councillor Adam Vaughan; Eric Mercury; Heather Augustyn; Tribute to Miles Davis
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2013-11-17 The Stylistics sang it best, so let the Sideshow begin. Councillor Adam Vaughan discusses the Toronto Mayor Rob Ford circus during the first half hour. Richmond interviews singer, songwriter and musician Eric Mercury, and author of 'Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trumbonist', Heather Augustyn. Musical tribute to trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Miles Dewey Davis III. Diasporic Music. Songs that you can trust, news that you can use. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Malcolm X Tribute Music; Tien Providence; The music of Don Drummond; Marika Sherwood interview
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2013-11-10 Enjoy a musical tribute to Malcolm X. Interview with 'Dock of the Bay' author Tien Providence of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. The music of Don Drummond. Replay of Marika Sherwood's interview on Malcolm X, which originally aired on Diasporic Music on June 30th, 2013. Hungarian born Sherwood is the author of Malcolm X Visits Abroad, April 1964 - February 1965. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Herb Boyd; Ms. Jody of Ecko Records; Spotlight on Don Drummond
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2013-11-03 Award-winning journalist Herb Boyd and the daughter of Malcolm X, human rights activist Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, are launching the long awaited 'The Diary of Malcolm X' on November 10, 2013, which is the 50th anniversary of "Message to the Grassroots," an electrifying and commanding speech delivered by Malcolm X in 1963 at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, the hometown of Herb Boyd. Richmond interviews Ecko Records Southern soul and blues recording artist Ms. Jody. The musical spotlight shines on Don Drummond, The World's Greatest Trombonist. Diasporic Music. Songs that you can trust, news that you can use. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Kumasi; Rickey Vincent; Spotlight on Peabo Bryson
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2013-10-20 Kumasi, the official historian for the Black August Organizing Committee, will pay tribute to late Black Panther Party activists Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter and John Huggins, who were both slain in 1969. Richmond interviews Rickey Vincent, the author of the recent book "Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music". Rickey Vincent hosts a regular program on KPFA Radio. The musical spotlight shines on Peabo Bryson. Diasporic Music. Songs that you can trust, news that you can use. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Dr. Wendy C. Grenade; Jose Garcia; Ecko Records Music
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2013-10-13 Richmond interviews professor and author Dr. Wendy C. Grenade. Dr. Grenade teaches politics at the University of the West Indies, Barbados campus. She has just edited a book due out in 2014, titled 'Grenada Once Again: Revisiting the 1983 Crisis and Collapse of the Grenada Revolution'. Special guest is Jose Garcia, who will discuss the ABC Islands, which consist of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Jose Garcia was born in Aruba to Dominican parents exiled during Rafael Trujillo's regime. Garcia relocated to Canada via Columbia in 1965, where he worked for a Canadian company. Arriving in Toronto and encountering racism, Garcia has dedicated his life to the struggle for a better world. Music from Memphis, TN based Ecko Records recording artists, featuring Ms. Jody, Luther Lackey, Sheba Potts-Wright, Donnie Ray O.B. Buchana, Barbara Carr, and Carl Sims. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Rebroadcast from 2011-11-23
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2013-10-06 The musical spotlight shines on Mahalia Jackson, The Queen of Gospel. Jackson would have turned one hundred and two years old on October 26th. Diasporic Music pays tribute to Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter who would have been 71 on October 12th, 2013. Kumasi of the Black August Organizing Committee will discuss the life and times of Carter. When Carter was assassinated on January 17, 1969, Huey P. Newton asked Kumasi to replace Carter as the Minister of Defense of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Richmond will also feature the music of Wolde Semayat aka Peter Tosh of the Wailers. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
El Jones; Abayomi Azikiwe; Tribute to John William Coltrane
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2013-09-29 Richmond interviews Nova Scotia based activist, poet and professor El Jones and Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African Newswire editor and host of weekly audio news magazine Pan-African Journal. Azikiwe will discuss the International People's Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity and other pressing issues. Musical tribute to John William Coltrane. The music of Sparrow and more. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Rebroadcast from 2013-03-31
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2013-09-22 Women's History Month; Ezili Danto; The Life and Times of H.B. Barnum; Tribute to The Spinners' Bobby Smith. The music of Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Jesse Belvin Jr. and Bunny Goodison; Itah Sadu
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2013-09-08 Special guests this week are Jesse Belvin Jr. and Bunny "Vaughn" Goodison of Hot 102 FM in Kingston, Jamaica. Richmond interviews Itah Sadu, co-owner of A Different Booklist bookstore. The musical spotlight shines on Jesse Belvin and Johnny Ace. Diasporic Music. News that you can use, songs that you can trust. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Sly Dunbar; Kiilu Nysaha; Spotlight on Sir Charles Jones
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2013-08-25 Special guest is drummer Lowell "Sly" Dunbar of the Jamaican music duo Sly and Robbie. Sly, along with bassist Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare, began performing in the 1970s. Kiilu Nysaha will be "Black" this week to conclude Black August with an update on the struggle inside the California prison system. The musical spotlight shines on Southern soul and contemporary blues artist and songwriter Sir Charles Jones. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Spotlight on Etienne Charles; Malinda Francis; Kiilu Nysaha
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2013-08-11 Radio personality Malinda Francis discusses her life as a filmmaker and the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase. She also discusses ongoing projects in Haiti and documentary The Diaspora Travels: Haiti. Kiilu Nysaha will discuss Black August and the struggle inside the California prison system. Nyasha pointed out, "Primarily, August is the month we recall the great loss exacted upon our Black revolutionary movement with the assassination of George Jackson and his younger brother, the teen-aged Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan was martyred [in 1970] when he led the August 7th rebellion; George was martyred a year later, August 21." Sounds from the great, multi-faceted musician, composer and vocalist, Mr. George Duke, who joined the ancestors on August 5th, 2013. Musical spotlight on Trinidad born jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Black August; El Jones; Rupert Lewis
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2013-08-04 Diasporic Music commemorates Black August, along with Canada, the USA, Cuba, South Africa and other parts of the world. Richmond interviews Halifax, Nova Scotia based poet laureate, teacher, and spoken word activist El Jones. Jones is currently the artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective. She teaches in the African Canadian Transition Program at Nova Scotia Community College and in the Women's Studies Program at Acadia. Returning to Diasporic Music is Professor Rupert Lewis, editor of Caribbean Political Activism: Essays in Honour of Richard Hart. Featured music is songs dedicated to activist, author, political prisoner and Soledad Brother, George Lester Jackson (September 23, 1941 - August 21, 1971). Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Soul Man Kenny Hamilton; General Gordon Baker, Jr.
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2013-07-28 Interview with soul man Kenny Hamilton of Montreal, Quebec. Discussion on the U.S. automotive industry, and the current state of the city of Detroit, Michigan with Detroit born General Gordon Baker, Jr. In the book Detroit: I Do Mind Dying, A Study in Urban Revolution by Marvin Surkin and Dan Georgakas (Aug 21, 2012), General Baker is noted as the "soul of the Dodge Revolutionary Movement." Baker is a retired auto worker and a member of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. He is also the first African born in the United States to refuse to fight in the Vietnam War. Musical tribute to Bobby "Blue" Bland. The music of Larry Graham, Drake, Gregory Porter and more. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Salute to The Vibrations; David Austin on Fear of a Black Nation
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2013-07-21 Richmond interviews Carlton Fisher, lead vocalist of the Vibrations and David Austin, author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2013) and the forthcoming The Unfinished Revolution: Linton Kwesi Johnson, Poetry, and the New Society (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014). Austin is also the editor of You Don't Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James (Oakland: AK Press, 2009) and A View for Freedom: Alfie Roberts Speaks on the Caribbean, Cricket, Montreal, and C.L.R. James (Montreal:Ari Press, 2005), and co-editor of a special edition of the journal Race and Class titled: "Canada: Colonial Amnesia and the Legacy of Empire" (July 2010). For many Years David Austin worked as a community and youth worker in Montreal. He has produced two radio documentaries for CBC's Ideas: C.L.R. James: The Black Jacobin and Frantz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth. He currently teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion Department at John Abbot College in Montreal.

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1955, the Vibrations were originally known as the Jayhawks. The Vibrations released "The Watusi" in 1961 and later recorded "Peanut Butter" under the name The Marathons. In 1964 their hit record "My Girl Sloopy" was a Top 30 single and "Love Up In Them Hills" was released around the same time. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Dan Hill; Faith Nolan; Tribute to Donald Byrd
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2013-07-14

Richmond interviews Nova Scotia born social activist, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Faith Nolan and African Canadian author, singer and songwriter, Dan Hill. Hill had two major hit songs, "Sometimes When We Touch" and "Can't We Try", a duet with Vonda Shepard. He refused to perform in South Africa during apartheid and did not permit his record label at the time, 20th Century Fox, to release his music in South Africa during that period. Hill supported the Toronto-based Biko-Rodney-Malcolm Coalition.

Tribute to the legendary jazz trumpeter Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd III, simply known as Donald Byrd. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Byrd attended magnate school Cass Technical High School. Byrd played hard-bop and bebop jazz, soul, and funk music for over 40 years. He recorded many albums as a bandleader and sideman. With a Ph.D. in music education, Dr. Byrd taught music at a string of colleges and universities, including HBCU Howard University, where he earned his J.D. and helped form the student-musician jazz fusion group The Blackbyrds. At North Carolina Central University he inspired another student-based group called 125th Street NYC Band. Byrd won many awards and is recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Donald Byrd joined the ancestors on February 4th, 2013. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.

Sly & Robbie Tribute; Senator David Abdulah of Trinidad and Tobago
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2013-07-07 Musical tribute to Jamaica's Sly & Robbie. Interview with Sly Dunbar of Sly and Robbie. Special guest is Senator David Abdulah of Trinidad and Tobago. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Music Requests; Gail Berry; Marika Sherwood; Bobby "Blue" Bland Triibute
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2013-06-30 Join us for this final installment of our Black Music Month series. Richmond plays listener requests during the first hour. Interview with multi-talented, multi-lingual, Toronto, Canada born entertainer Gail Berry. Special guest is Marika Sherwood, author of Malcolm X Visits Abroad. Sherwood was born in Hungary and has lived all over the world. While teaching in England she began researching Black history in Britain, more particularly the political activists of the past century. In 1991 she co-founded the Black and Asian Studies Association, which now campaigns for various educational issues. Musical tribute to rhythm and blues vocalist Bobby "Blue" Bland, who joined the ancestors on June 23rd, 2013. Born in Tennessee in 1930, some of Bland's most popular music hits are "Further on up the Road", "I'll Take Care of You", and "Turn on Your Love Light". Bland was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Black Music Month Series Continues; Archie Alleyne; Rupert Lewis
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2013-06-23 Special guest is Archie Alleyne, a pioneer in Toronto Black Music. Professor Rupert Charles Lewis returns for further discussion on his recent visit to Grenada. Professor Lewis is the author of Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought. Celebrating Black Music Month with the powerful and sultry vocals of soul singer Mica Paris and music from the Caribbean and Africa. Ms. Paris is also an activist, author, radio and television personality, and among the list of 100 Great Black Britons. She is dubbed the "Godmother of Soul in the U.K." by R&B singer Alexander O'Neal and has worked with many artists and musicians, including Alexander O'Neal, Will Downing, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Bobby Womack, and Prince. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Still Celebrating Black Music Month; Rupert Lewis; Diana Braithwaite; Father's Day Music
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2013-06-16 Special guest is Professor Rupert Lewis. Conversation with Canadian born blues vocalist and playwright Diana Braithwaite on Toronto's Black Music scene. Richmond features music in recognition of Father's Day. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
The celebration of Black Music Month continues with soul music from the U.K.; Abdul Alkalimat returns
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2013-06-09 Professor Abdul Alkalimat returns for conversation on Marika Sherwood's book "Malcolm X Visits Abroad (April 1964 - February 1965)", about the international travels of Malcolm X. Audio from the short feature film "WURD: Black Music Month", featuring interviews with prominent members of the Philadelphia music scene. The film was produced in conjunction with Reelblack Presents for a Black Music Month event co-sponsored by radio station 900 AM WURD of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The creative concept of the film will likely be expanded upon in the near future for a feature-length documentary on Philadelphia's role in music legacy. Soul music from the U.K. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
June is Black Music Month!; Colina Phillips; Abdul Alkalimat; Tribute to Marvin Junior of The Dells
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2013-06-02 Diasporic Music kicks off the celebration of Black Music Month 2013 with the music of popular recording artists. Interviews with film director, writer and vocalist Colina Phillips and Professor Abdul Alkalimat. Musical tribute to Marvin Junior, founding member and lead vocalist of the R&B group The Dells who joined the ancestors May 29th, 2013. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Musical Tribute to Regina Bell; A Salute to Kaiso with the music of Calypso Rose and Black Stalin
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2013-05-26 Diasporic Music continues its tribute to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X. Conversation on Malcolm X with award winning journalist, author, activist and educator, Herb Boyd, including discussion on Malcolm Shabazz, the late grandson of Malcolm X killed earlier this month in Mexico. Sudz Sutherland a Jamaican-born African film director and screenwriter. Sutherland's most recent film will be screened in Ghana and Nigeria. He will discuss this and other issues related to African people and film. His credits include the films "Doomstown", "Love, Sex and Eating the Bones", "Guns", "Speakers for the Dead" and "Home Again", as well as episodes of "Da Kink in My Hair", "Degrassi: The Next Generation", "Wild Roses" and hospital drama series "Jozi-H". He is married to screenwriter and producer Jennifer Holness, his partner in Hungry Eyes Film & Television. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Ameth Lo; Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett of The Manhattans; Music of Archie Shepp and more
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2013-05-19 Special guest is Ameth Lo, spokesperson for Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa. Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett of the R&B vocal group The Manhattans will discuss their new live performance DVD and surviving in the music industry in the 21st century. The sounds of tenor saxophonist and music legend Archie Shepp and songs of Senegal. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Mother's Day Special; Herb Boyd; Tribute to Malcolm Shabazz; Assata Shakur's Open Letter; Tiki Mercury-Clarke
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2013-05-12 Richmond does a Mother's Day Special and pays tribute to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X. Conversation on Malcolm X with award winning journalist, author, activist and educator, Herb Boyd, including discussion on Malcolm Shabazz, the late grandson of Malcolm X killed earlier this month in Mexico. Also featured is Assata Shakur's open letter to Pope John Paul II and multi-talented performing artist Tiki Mercury-Clarke. Enjoy the music of Bob Marley, Bobby Blue Bland and others. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Women's History Month; Ezili Danto; The Life and Times of H.B. Barnum; Tribute to The Spinners' Bobby Smith
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2013-03-31 Diasporic Music conludes the celebration of International Women's History Month. Jalali interviews Ezili Danto, an award winning playwright, a performance poet, political and social commentator, and author and human rights attorney. Interview with music producer and arranger and Houston, Texas native H.B. Barnum. H.B. Barnum remains one of the unsung giants of popular music, collaborating with a who's who of acts spanning from Frank Sinatra to Puff Daddy. Barnum is the founder of LIFE Choir, Inc., a musical ministry. Musical tribute to Robert "Bobby" Smith, long time lead vocalist of the rhythm and blues group "The Spinners" who joined the ancestors this month. Smith sang lead on the hit songs "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "One of a Kind (Love Affair)," "Then Came You," and "Games People Play." Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Diasporic Music is pre-empted this week by The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) Convention
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2013-03-24 Diasporic Music resumes on Sunday, March 31st. Visit Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali on Facebook.
Replay of Tribute to Nina Simone Part 2; Jalali interviews Canadian Jazz Artist Tiki Mercury-Clarke; Columnist Larry Aubry
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2013-03-17 Replay of an episode of Diasporic Music originally aired on March 10th, 2013. Women's History Month Tribute to Nina Simone Part 2, and interviews with Canadian jazz artist Tiki Mercury-Clarke about the role of African-Canadian women in our struggle, and Los Angeles Sentinel columnist Larry Aubry. The Los Angeles Sentinel is an African American oriented weekly. Aubry is a member of Community Call to Action and Accountability and a former consultant to L.A. County Human Relations Commission for 32 years.

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Tribute to Nina Simone Part 2; Tiki Mercury-Clarke will be interviewed about the role of African-Canadian women in our struggle; Interview with Los Angeles Sentinel columnist Larry Aubry
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2013-03-10 Jalali continues Women's History Month with a tribute to Nina Simone, Part 2. Simone was a soldier in the war on poverty, a soldier for women, and a fighter for World African Liberation. Tiki Mercury-Clarke, who history will record as one of the all-time greatest Canadian jazz artists, is a multi-talented Canadian-born singer-pianist, storyteller, lyricist, composer and cultural historian. She has become a keeper of Afrikan ancestral wisdom, and, in harmony with tradition, a vessel for the often hard to find, authentic, African North American musical expression called jazz. Jalali interviews Larry Aubry, columnist for the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African American oriented weekly; member, Community Call to Action and Accountability. Aubry is also a former consultant to L.A. County Human Relations Commission for 32 years. Visit Jalali on Facebook. Please LIKE Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio.
Women's History Month tribute to Nina Simone; Valerie Scoon; Dr. Gerald Horne; Salute to Charles Mingus; Musicians from Los Angeles
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2013-03-03 We begin Women's History Month with a tribute to Nina Simone, who was a soldier in the war on poverty, a soldier for women, and a fighter for World African Liberation. Jalali interviews Valerie Scoon, director of the short documentary "Grenada: Colonialism and Conflict", featured at the 2013 Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF). Author, educator and historian Dr. Gerald Horne will discuss the 21st Pan African Film Festival and the 85th Academy Awards. He maintains that while the film Argo may have been the big winner at the Oscars, internationally it has no legs. We salute bassist, pianist, bandleader and composer, Charles Mingus. Jalali continues to explore contributions to music from Los Angeles area musicians.

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Roy Agyemang; Roy T. Anderson; musical Tribute to Melba Liston;
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2013-02-17 Interviews with director of Mugabe: Villain or Hero?, Roy Agyemang, and Roy.T. Anderson, director of the film Akwantu: The Journey, a ground-breaking recount of the struggle of the Maroons of Jamaica and their 80 year fight against the British to win their freedom.

Enjoy the music of jazz trombonist, composer, and arranger, Melba Liston.

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Dr. Rupert Lewis on the late Dr. Tony Martin, Interview with Dedon Kamathi, musical tribute to Odetta; Reggae music from the African diaspora
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2013-02-10 Interviews with Dr. Rupert Lewis on historian and author Dr. Anthony "Tony" Martin, who recently joined the ancestors, and community organizer and host of KPFK-FM Los Angeles' Freedom Now, Dedon Kamathi. Freedom Now is aired on Saturdays at 5pm Eastern.

Tributes to Odetta on Freedom Now and on Diasporic Music. Odetta, who grew up in Los Angeles, California is unsung. View the following video: Odetta Speaks About Her Life as an Activist. Enjoy listening to reggae music created outside Jamaica from Nigeria, South Africa, Belize, and Nicaragua.

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Ayuko Babu interview; Ezili Danto returns for discussion on Django Unchained; Musical salutes to Brenda Holloway, Honey Cone, and The Younghearts
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2013-02-03 Listen to the sweet and soulful sounds of Los Angeles, California based singer-songwriter Brenda Holloway, all girl group Honey Cone, noted for their 1971 smash hit single "Want Ads", and R&B vocal group The Younghearts, formed at Dorsey High School. The Younghearts' recordings include "Sho' Nuff Must Be Love", which was also recorded by the band Heatwave, "Dedicate (My Life To You)" and "I've Got Love For My Baby".

Interview with Ayuko Babu, executive director and founder of the Pan African Film and Arts Festival. Information on the festival is available at paff.org. Discussion on the film Django Unchained continues with human rights attorney Ezili Danto of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network.

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Interviews with film maker Charles Burnett and actor and producer Billy Woodberry; Musical salute to Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr.
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2013-01-27

Jalali interviews Mississippi native Charles Burnett, a film producer and director, writer, editor, actor, photographer, and cinematographer. His most popular films include Killer of Sheep (1977), My Brother's Wedding (1983), To Sleep with Anger (1990), The Glass Shield (1994), and Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation (2007). Burnett has been involved in other types of motion pictures including shorts, documentaries, a TV series and made-for-television movies, including Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding (1998).

Born in Dallas, Texas, Billy Woodberry is an independent filmmaker who has taught at the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. His feature film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) is an essential work of Los Angeles cinema, informed by Woodberry's familiarity with Italian neo-realism and the work of filmmakers in Cuba, Brazil, India and Africa. It won the Interfilm ecumenical jury award at the Berlin Film festival. Woodberry has appeared in Charles Burnett's When It Rains (1995) and provided narration for Thom Andersen's Red Hollywood (1996) and James Benning's Four Corners (1998). Woodberry's two-hour video, The Architect, the Ants, and the Bees, was part of "Facing the Music," a 2004 group exhibition, video and multimedia installation at the REDCAT gallery documenting the building of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the transformation of downtown Los Angeles. His work has screened at the Camera Austria Symposium, Harvard Film Archive, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Museum of Modern Art. Woodberry also works at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Musical salute to Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. (June 20, 1928 - June 29, 1964). Dolphy made his contribution to jazz music as a multi-instrumentalist. Dolphy was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists. He worked closely with John William Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton and other jazz greats.

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Musical salute to The Vibrations; Atty. Ezili Danto discusses Haiti since the earthquake; Dr. Gerald Horne on Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and more
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2013-01-20

Musical salute to the Vibrations, a quintet from Los Angeles, CA. The Temptations Walk dance steps were adapted from The Vibrations "sloop" dance. Vibration Ricky Owens replaced Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations for a brief moment.

Dr. Gerald Horne, author of 'Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii' and 'Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. before Emancipation' discusses the change of leadership in China, Japan and the Koreas and its impact on Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Horne will also cover Mali, Algeria and Pakistan.

Human rights attorney Ezili Danto of Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network will discuss Haiti three years after the earthquake, the role women played in the Haitian Revolution and the way forward. Visit Ezili Danto online.

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Django Unchanged Review; Tribute to War
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2013-01-13

Abdul Alkalimat discusses the controversial film Django Unchained. Alkalimat is a professor of African American studies and Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of several books, including 'Introduction to Afro-American Studies', 'The African American Experience in Cyberspace', and 'Malcolm X for Beginners', as well as the curator of two websites relating to African-American history, Malcolm X: A Research Site and eBlack Studies.

Discussion on Django Unchained continues with Erin Aubry Kaplan. Aubry Kaplan is a freelance journalist and writer. She is a former staff writer for LA Weekly and currently a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times op-ed section. Aubrey Kaplan is a regular blogger for kcet.org and author of 'Black Talk, Blue Thoughts and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista', a book of essays and journalism published in 2011 by University Press of New England.

Musical salute to the self-contained, eclectic band War. Long Beach, CA based War reached its height of popularity in the 1970s with hit songs "The World Is A Ghetto", "Low Rider", and "Why Can't We Be Friends".

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Live talk with "Venezuela Rising" documentary producer Skipper Bailey; musical spotlight on "The Whispers"
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2012-12-30 This show featured the music of one of Los Angeles' most successful vocal groups, The Whispers. We spoke live with Skipper Bailey, Executive Producer of the film "Venezuela Rising". As seen through the eyes of grandmother and community organizer Gladys Bolivar, the documentary follows her and her compatriots five days before it was to be decided by popular referendum whether Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez would continue in office or step down. The entire nation has been mobilized. Would it be "SI", yes he will be recalled, or NO " he will remain in office? Most Venezuelans feel that no less than the entire future of their country is at stake. Diasporic Music is made in the West, but is not of the West. Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics.
Talk live with Professor Rupert Lewis, editor of the new book "Caribbean Political Political Activism: Essays in Honour of Richard Hart"
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2012-12-23 Diasporic Music is made in the West, but is not of the West. Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. Richmond interviewed Rupert Lewis, Professor of Political Thought in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona and Associate Director of the Centre for Caribbean Thought about the new book, Caribbean Political Political Activism: Essays in Honour of Richard Hart. Lewis is the editor of the volume. The musical spotlight shined on Jayne Cortez. Cortez was born in Arizona, grew up in California, and currently lives in New York City and Dakar, Senegal. She is the author of ten books of poems and performer of her poetry with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals in Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, South America, the Caribbean and the United States.
Remembering Pamela Maynard, honoring Jesse Belvin, talking with Jeanette Baker and spotlighting Van Cephus
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2012-12-09

We paid tribute to Pamela Maynard, the Canada-based Guyanese singer, who succumbed to a long battle with breast cancer. She was one of Guyanas singing icons who was versatile in Reggae, Gospel, Soul, R&B, Calypso, Jazz and Soca.

The family and friends of Jesse Belvin have big plans after all these years. Belvin was the first African American to be nominated on the first Grammy Show. We talk with Jeanette Baker, great niece of the legendary Josephine Baker, and an accomplished star of stage, screen, radio, and television in her own right. She introduces her new music and talks about her petition to place Jesse Belvin into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

We put the musical spotlight on accomplished musician Van Cephus. Cephus was a member of Chapter 8 (Anita Baker and Producer Michael Powell) and appeared on their first album. He also played on Randy Crawfords "Knocking On Heavens Door", featuring The Winans and The Clark Sisters. This recording can be heard on the soundtrack of the film "Lethal Weapon 2". He appears on Oleta Adams' CD "Come Walk With Me" (Including the Duet "Beams of Heaven") and accompanied Anita Baker live in New York in a duet configuration.

Musical Salute to Sir Duke Ellington and Dr. Gerald Horne will discuss current affairs.
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2012-12-02 Diasporic Music is made in the West, but is not of the West. Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. This show featured a Musical Salute to Sir Duke Ellington. James Fugate of Eso Won Books in Los Angeles discussed books and other matters. Dr. Gerald Horne, author of "Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii" and "Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. before Emancipation" discussed current affairs.
Live talk with Los Angeles Poet Helen Williams and author/historian Dr. Gerald Horne
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2012-11-18 Enjoy an All-African mix of music and politics. Los Angeles Poet Helen Williams discusses her new book, "From Birth to Longevity". We remember Major Harris, who joined the ancestors on Oct. 9th. Harris sang with the Delfonics, the Jarmals and others groups. He is best known for his smash, "Love Won't Let Me Wait". Dr. Gerald Horne author of "Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii" and "Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. before Emancipation" discusses current affairs.
Marcus Garvey at 150 and the struggle for Jamaican independence!
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2012-11-11 Diasporic Music is made in the West, but is not of the West. Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. Dr. Rupert Charles Lewis (author of Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought) will discuss Jamaica's Economy, 50 years of its independence, Marcus Garvey at 150 and the 2012 Olympics in London. Los Angeles Poet Helen Williams, will discuss her new book, "From Birth to Longevity" and we will end the show with a Musical Tribute to my mother Eliza Richmond.
Author Eusi Kwayana discusses his new book, "Walter Rodney: His Last Days and Campaigns", Musical tribute to Rodney
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2012-09-23 Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali interviews with Eusi Kwayana, notable political activist, writer and educator, who will be in Toronto, Canada from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, 2012 to promote his work. Kwayana will be featured at the following events:
  • Friday Sept. 28, 6-9pm: Book signing at the Different Booklist
  • Sunday Sept. 30th, 5-8pm: Lecture and Mix N Mingle session sponsored by the Caribbean Studies Program of University of Toronto and the Canada-Guyana Forum
  • Friday, Oct. 5th, 6-9:30pm: Lecture at University of Toronto
Eusi's Books and publications will be on sale at each event, while only the new Walter Rodney: His Last Days and Campaigns will be on sale at the Book Signing event at The Different Booklist bookstore.
Replay: Tribute to Singer/Songwriter Jesse Belvin
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2012-08-26 Jesse Belvin was killed along with his manager/wife Jo Ann on Feb 6, 1960 in Hope, Arkansas, the home town of William Jefferson Clinton. Belvin attended Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. Jefferson High also produced Roy Ayers and Etta James. James - "The most gifted of all...even now i consider him the greatest singer of my generation. Rhythm and blues, rock and roll, crooner, you name it. He was going to be bigger than Sam Cooke, bigger than Nat Cole." Belvin was a prolific songwriter who wrote R&B classics like "Earth Angel", "Goodnight My Love", and "Guess Who". When The Penguins recorded "Earth Angel", 11-year-old Barry White was the pianist on the recording session. Alan Freed used to close his radio show with "Goodnight My Love". Harold Melvin used to close the Blue Notes show by singing "Goodnight My Love." Belvin influenced many vocalist including Marvin Gaye. He was only 27 and his wife was only 25 when they joined the ancestors. Join us for this tribute to the great Belvin. Call in with your comments and questions.
Author of Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought will discuss Jamaica's 50 years of nominal independence, Marcus Garvey at 150 and the 2012 Olympics in London.
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2012-07-29 Diasporic Music is made in the West, but is not of the West Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. Dr. Rupert Charles Lewis (author of Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought) will discuss Jamaica's 50 years of Independence, Marcus Garvey at 150 and the 2012 Olympics in London. More Blues that you can use. Music from Boogie Down Productions, Koko Taylor, Dinah Washington, Albert King and Linton Kwesi Johnson will be played. Diasporic Music will also pay tribute to Black August with the music of Archie Shepp, Steel Pulse and Sweet Honey In The Rock.
Saluting Human Rights lawyer Charles Roach, a man who has shown an undying love for Africa, Africans and all oppressed people.
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2012-07-15 Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. Music made in the West, but not of the West.Diasporic Music will highlight the Blues of Bob Marley, KRS-One, Lightin' Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Rush and Bobby Blue Bland. Tracey Hucks, PhD, associate professor of religious studies at Haverford College on "Yoruba Traditions and African American Women's Narratives​" will speak on "Yoruba Traditions and African American Women's Narratives". Dr. Gerald Horne will discuss the contribution of the Toronto-based lawyer Charles Roach to the liberation of Africa, Africans and all oppressed people. The Friends of Al Hamilton will salute Human Rights lawyer Charles Roach. Roach has shown an undying love for Africa, Africans and all oppressed people. He is currently struggling with health issues. The Friends of Al Hamilton will salute him for his work at The Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst Street, August 21st. Born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the son of a trade union organizer, Roach arrived in Canada in 1955 as an aspiring priest to study at the University of Saskatchewan. Roach was politicized by the civil rights movement, stating: "after the '50s, I started being more political... This was the spirit of the times. I'm really from the civil-rights era. He then studied law at the University of Toronto and was called to the bar in 1963.
Feature film, "The United States of Africa Beyond Hip Hop" shines a light on African revolutionary leaders
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2012-07-08 Music made in the West, but not of the West. Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on the film, "The United States of Africa Beyond Hip Hop". This second feature film by Yanick Letourneau follows African hip hop pioneer Didier Awadi as he crafts a new album that shines a light on black revolutionary leaders-from Kwame Nkrumah to Thomas Sankara, from Malcolm X to Cheikh Antah Diop-who fought for the dignity of the African people, and for an independent united Africa. On a sprawling musical journey that takes him to some 40 countries, Awadi meets hip hop artists Smockey (Burkina Faso), M-1 from Dead Prez (United States) and Zuluboy from South Africa. Dr. Gerald Horne, author of "Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation" returns to discuss his research for a new volume he is writing on Africans in Cuba.
Tribute African Fathers from Cape Town to Nova Scotia
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2012-06-24 This Sunday is Father's Day and we will be paying tribute African fathers from Cape Town to Nova Scotia. We will interview Dr. Gearld Horne, author of Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation about current events affecting Africa and the World. We will continue our interview with Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford), author of We Will Return In The Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960-1975 about his relationship with Malcolm X.
Saluting soul and funk pioneer Charles Wright and interviewing the author of We Will Return In The Whirlwind
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2012-06-03 We will have a music salute to Charles Wright on Diasporic Music.Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band are a pioneering African soul and funk band based in colonial U.S. Formed in the early 1960s, they had the most visibility from 1967 to 1973 ...when the band had 9 singles reach Billboard's pop and/or rhythm and blues Hot 100 lists, such as "Do Your Thing" , "Till You Get Enough" , and "Love Land" . They are best known for their biggest hit on Warner Bros. Records, 1970's "Express Yourself" a song that has been sampled by rap group N.W.A. amongst others. Muhammad Ahmad is the author of We Will Return In The Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960-1975, Ahmad will continue his discussion of his relationship to Malcolm X. Music made in the West, but not of the West
Curtis Mayfield, the gentle genius who sang at a Free Huey P. Newton Rally in Oakland
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2012-05-20

Music made in the West, but not of the West. Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on producer/singer/songwriter Curtis Mayfield, the gentle genius. Mayfield would have celebrated his 70th birthday on June 3rd. Curtis Mayfield, along with Fred Cash and Sam Gooden sang at a "Free Huey P. Newton" Rally in Oakland and he visited Angela Davis at her request when she was imprisoned.

Malcolm was born 87 years ago on May 19, 1925. While it is unlikely that U.S. president Barack Obama will acknowledge this, people from Cape Town to Nova Scotia and Brazil to Brixton, London definitely will. Archie Shepp linked Malcolm X with John Coltrane. He said: "I equate Coltrane's music very strongly with Malcolm's language, because they were just about contemporaries, to tell you the truth. And I believe essentially what Malcolm said is what John played. If Trane had been a speaker, he might have spoken somewhat like Malcolm. If Malcolm had been a saxophone player, he might have played somewhat like Trane." Malcolm X created the Organiztion of Afro American Unity and the Muslim Mosque, Inc. after he departed from the Nation of Islam. Africans at home and abroad like Archie Shepp, Dennis Brown, Miriam & Mbongi Makeba, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Leon Thomas, Pharoah Sanders and others have dedicated music to Hajj Malik Shabazz.

Jeanette Baker of The Dots and Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah and Algeria's Ahmed Ben Bella contributions to African Liberation
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2012-04-22 Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Jeanette Baker a fixture in the Los Angeles R'n'B scene. Baker was the lead vocalist with The Dots. Her duet with Jesse Belvin, "Looking For Love" was recently released. Abayomi Azikwe, the Editor of The Pan-African News Wire, will discuss the contributions of Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah and Algeria's Ahmed Ben Bella to the cause of African Liberation. Nkrumah joined the ancestors on April 27, 1972 and Ben Bella made his transition of April 11, 2012. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."
Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Jessie Belvin.Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali will speak to Jessie Belvin Jr.
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2012-04-08 Jesse Belvin was killed along with his manager/wife Jo Ann on Feb 6, 1960 in Hope, Arkansas, the home town of William Jefferson Clinton. Belvin attended Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. Jefferson High also produced Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Alvin Ailey, Ralph Bunche, Dorothy Dandridge, Roy Ayers and Etta James. James - called Belvin, "The most gifted of all...even now I consider him the greatest singer of my generation. Rhythm and blues, rock and roll, crooner, you name it. He was going to be bigger than Sam Cooke, bigger than Nat Cole." Belvin was Stevie Wonder's favorite singer. Belvin was a prolific songwriter who wrote R&B classics like "Earth Angel", "Goodnight My Love", and "Guess Who". When The Penguins recorded "Earth Angel", 11-year-old Barry White was the pianist on the recording session. Alan Freed used to close his radio show with "Goodnight My Love". Harold Melvin used to close the Blue Notes show by singing "Goodnight My Love." Belvin influenced many vocalist including Marvin Gaye. He was only 27 and his wife was only 25 when they joined the ancestors.
Gentleman of Soul, Wilson Meadows
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2012-03-25 Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Wilson Meadows, the Gentleman of Soul. Hometown for Wilson is Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga also produced Usher, and Sam Gooden and Fred cash of the Impressions. Nat King Cole's birthday was March 17th and we will pay tribute to him. Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an all African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."
Spotlight on Jimmy Ellis
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2012-03-11 Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Jimmy Ellis, the lead vocalist of the Trammps. Richmond pays tribute International Women's Day with the music of Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln), Nina Simone, Odetta, Miriam Makeda , Ella Andall and others. Richmond plays a portion of a tribute to the publisher of the Toronto-based Black weekly newspaper Contrast. Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an all African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."
Diasporic Music on March 4, 2012
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2012-03-04 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."
Whitney Houston and Sweet Honey In The Rock
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2012-02-26 Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Whitney Houston and Sweet Honey In The Rock. Mumia Abu-Jamal points out: "Her voice, her pace, her phrasing, her stage presence and her beauty was a package that virtually define Star. Indeed, she was the rarest of creatures: Superstar. Ironically, the very media that savaged her for years, flipped into worship mode, when she was gone and could no longer hear them." Diasporic Music will interview the Buffalo, N.Y. born Aisha Kahlil of Sweet Honey In The Rock. The Washington Post wrote: "Aisha Kahilil's tour de force lead vocals ...garnered the largest of many standing ovations" Diasporic Music will also speak with Klive Walker, the author of Dubwise: reasoning from the reggae underground. Walker will discuss Bob Marley's contribution Black Music.
Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Etta James
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2012-02-12 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an all African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West." Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2012 ). ETTA JAMES ....and addiction - Victor Bains Marshall & Norman Otis Richmond
Little Willie John - Part Two. Jerry Butler says, "Little Willie John was a giant"
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2012-01-29 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an all African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."

Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Little Willie John (Nov. 15, 1937 - May 26, 1968). John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Before Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops and The Supremes there was John. He is best known for his hit "Fever" which has been covered by Beyonce and Peggy Lee. The Beatles covered his song "Leave My Kitten Alone." The legendary H. B. Barnum, says, "In bad voice, he could out-sing anybody." Barnum should know having been Aretha Franklin's musical director for nearly three decades. Diasporic Music will interview Kevin John and Susan Whitall, authors of the book, "Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul." Stevie Wonder wrote the foreword.
Little Willie John
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2012-01-22 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."

Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Little Willie John (Nov. 15, 1937 - May 26, 1968). John was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Before Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops and The Supremes there was John. He is best known for his hit "Fever" which has been covered by Beyonce and Peggy Lee. The Beatles covered his song "Leave My Kitten Alone." The legendary H. B. Barnum, says, "In bad voice, he could out-sing anybody." Barnum should know having been Aretha Franklin's musical director for nearly three decades. Diasporic Music will interview Kevin John and Susan Whitall, authors of the book, Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul. Stevie Wonder wrote the foreword.
Discussion with Clevil James, founder of the LIMERS
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2012-01-01 Host Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West". We continue our discussion with Clevil James, founder of the LIMERS. In The Caribbean, LIMERS were originally people who hung out on the street corner and discussed everything from the latest sports score to the current parliamentary debate. Their primary purpose is to provide a forum for cultural exchange, with special emphasis on the Calypso art form.
Dr. Gerald Horne speaks on his 2 new books; Spotlight on Jackie Wilson; Omali Yeshitela on "The Truth About Christmas"
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2011-12-18 This week's program opens with an excerpt from Chairman Omali Yeshitela on "The Truth About Christmas". Host Norman (Otis) Richmond shines the musical spotlight on Jackie Wilson (June 9, 1934 - January 21,1984). We also talk with Dr. Gerald Horne about his two latest books - "Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii" and "Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. before Emancipation". Dr. Horne will speak at a book release event at A Different Booklist in Toronto on January 14, 2012. We also present Dr. Horne's speech "Revisiting United States History" at Brecht Forum on October 14, 2011.
Spotlight on Otis Redding; Clevil James on the LIMERS, Pt. 2; Dr. Gerald Horne on his book on Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies
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2011-12-11 We shine the musical spotlight on Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 - December 10, 1967). Readers of the British music newspaper Melody Maker voted him as the top vocalist of 1967, superseding Elvis Presley, who had topped the list for the prior 10 years. We continue our discussion with Clevil James, founder of the LIMERS. In The Caribbean, LIMERS were originally people who hung out on the street corner and discussed everything from the latest sports score to the current parliamentary debate. Their primary purpose is to provide a forum for cultural exchange, with special emphasis on the Calypso art form. Also, Dr. Rupert Lewis interviews Dr. Gerald Horne about his book, "Cold War in a Hot Zone: The United States Confronts Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies". Host Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West".
Tribute to Wynton Kelly and Spotlight on Clevil James of the LIMERS
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2011-12-04 Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on Wynton Kelly. Kelly was an A-List Musician. He was a jazz pianist, born in New York City (December 2, 1931). He died in Toronto, Canada, on April 12, 1971 from an epileptic seizure. An African born in the United States, his father was from Jamaica and his mother from Trinidad and Tobago. He is perhaps best known for working with trumpeter Miles Davis from 1959-1962 and saxophonist John Coltrane. Clevil James is the founder of the LIMERS. In The Caribbean, LIMERS were originally people who hung out on the street corner and discussed everything from the latest sports score to the current parliamentary debate. Their primary purpose is to provide a forum for cultural exchange, with special emphasis on the Calypso art form. Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is music made in the West, but not of the West.
Tribute to Wynton Kelly | Spotlight on Clevil James of the LIMERS
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2011-11-27 Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on Wynton Kelly. Kelly was an A-List Musician. He was a jazz pianist, born in New York City (December 2, 1931). He died in Toronto, Canada, on April 12, 1971 from an epileptic seizure. An African born in the United States, his father was from Jamaica and his mother from Trinidad and Tobago. He is perhaps best known for working with trumpeter Miles Davis from 1959-1962 and saxophonist John Coltrane. Clevil James is the founder of the LIMERS. In The Caribbean, LIMERS were originally people who hung out on the street corner and discussed everything from the latest sports score to the current parliamentary debate. Their primary purpose is to provide a forum for cultural exchange, with special emphasis on the Calypso art form. Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is music made in the West, but not of the West.
Spotlight on Fela
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2011-11-06 Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on Fela. The Nigerian-born Black President Fela Kuti is the subject of an award winning Broadway play which is currently playing at the Canon Theatre in Toronto. Jalali interviews Edward Jaheed Ashley, the producer of the documentary "Fela NYC Fresh From Africa". In the spring of 1986, Fela, the legendary Nigerian musical warrior, triumphantly returned to New York City after a 17-year absence. Ashley produced an African Rhythm Mentary on Fela's historic visit to New York City. Diasporic Music is music made in the West, but not of the West.
Spotlight on Mahalia Jackson | Tribute to Bunchy Carter
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2011-10-23 Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on Mahalia Jackson, The Queen of Gospel. Jackson would have turned one hundred years old on October 26th. Diasporic Music pays tribute to Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter who would have been 69 on Oct. 12th. Kumasi of the Black August Organizing Committee will discuss the life and times of Carter. When Carter was assassinated on January 17, 1969, Huey P. Newton asked Kumasi to replace Carter as the Minister of Defense of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Richmond will also feature the music of Wolde Semayat aka Peter Tosh of the Wailers.
Spotlight on Sylvia Robinson | Interview with Kenny Hamilton | Live discussion with Historian Dr. Gerald Horne
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2011-10-09 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on the Mother of Hip-Hop, Sylvia Robinson. Jalali interviews Montreal Soul Man Kenny Hamilton and aires his latest release. Jalali continues dialogue with Historian Dr. Gerald Horne author of "Cold War in a Hot Zone, The United States Confronts Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies."
Tribute to Soledad Brother George Jackson | Spotlight on John William Coltrane | Live discussion between Dr. Gerald Horne and Dr. Rupert Charles Lewis | Interview with Carolann Wright-Parks on Africans in Nova Scotia
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2011-09-25 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on John William Coltrane. Trane would have turned 85 on September 23rd. He shared the same birth date with Soledad Brother George Jackson who would have been 70 on that day. Jalali presents a dialogue between historians Dr. Gerald Horne (author of Cold War in a Hot Zone, The United States Confronts Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies) and Dr. Rupert Charles Lewis (author of Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought). He also interviews Community Organizer Carolann Wright-Parks on the state of the African community in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Spotlight on the I-Threes | Live interview with Abayomi Azikiwe and Dr. William Sales
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2011-09-11 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on the I-Threes: Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths. The I-Threes were formed in 1974 to support Bob Marley and the Wailers after Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left. Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, discusses the tenth anniversary of The United States' September 11. Jalali also interviews Dr. William Sales, author of "From Civil Rights To Black Liberation: Malcolm X and The Organization of Afro-American Unity". Dr. Sales gives an Africentric analysis of current trends in global track & field.
Spotlight on the Futures | Live talk with Sam Cooke's brother L.C. Cooke and brother of Sam Cooke and Grenada-born Eddie Bullen.
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2011-09-04 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the musical spotlight on the Philly vocal group, the Futures. Members of the Futures went on to perform with The Temptations, The Spinners, and the Delfonics. Jalali talks with L.C. Cooke, the younger brother of Sam Cooke. He also talks to Grenada-born Eddie Bullen.
Tribute to Nick Ashford and interview with author Dr. Gerald Horne
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2011-08-28 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to Nick Ashford. Ashford joined the ancestors on August 22.

As songwriting partners, he and his wife, Valerie Simpson, wrote hits for Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell and Diana Ross, and then went on to become singing stars themselves in the 1970s and 1980s as Ashford & Simpson.

Jalali also talks to Dr. Gerald Horne about his new volume, Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii. Dr. Horne, is also author of Mau Mau in Harlem?: The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya.
Jalali pays tribute to George Jackson| Abdul Akalimat discusses Manning Marable's book on Malcolm X | Rupert Lewis discusses significance of the month of August to Jamaica and the Caribbean
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2011-08-21 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to George Jackson and Black August 2011. Jackson was executed 40 years ago and would have turned 70 years old September 23rd 2011. Abdul Akalimat discusses Manning Marable's book, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention. Jalali also talks with Rupert Charles Lewis, the author of "Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought." Lewis also talks about the significance of August to Jamaica and the Caribbean. Lewis' other works on Garvey include: "Marcus Garvey: Anti-Colonial Champion", "Garvey: His Work and Impact", and "Garvey: Africa, Europe, the Americas."
Tribute to Roy Hamilton | Report on Labor Struggles in Trinidad and Tobago
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2011-07-31 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to Roy Hamilton (April 16, 1929 - July 20, 1969) an African born in America, who achieved major success on the U.S. R&B and pop charts in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for his hits: "Don't Let Go"' "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Unchained Melody" and "You Can Have Her". It is not commonly known that he sided with the oppressed and was a member of the Nation of Islam. Senator David Abdullah discusses the current labor strife in Trinidad and Tobago. Jalali continues his interview with Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq aka James 67X Shabazz, Malcolm X's aide. Abdur-Razzaq discusses Manning Marable's book, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention.
Tribute to Gerald Levert | Interviews with Toronto Music Maker Archie Alleyne and Malcolm X aide Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq
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2011-07-24 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to Gerald Levert (July 13, 1966 - November 10, 2006) who was one of Black Music's unrecognized giants. Gerald is the son of the O'Jays co-leader Eddie Levert who died at the tender age of 40. Toronto Music Maker drummer/Educator Archie Alleyne discusses his illustrious career. Jalali also interviews Abdullah Abdur-Razzaq aka James 67X Shabazz, Malcolm X's aide, about Manning Marable's book, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention.
Highlighting Mel Carter and Malcolm X
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2011-07-17 Highlighting Mel Carter and Malcolm X
Tribute to Eric Dolphy | Hunger Strike in California prisons
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2011-07-03 Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to Eric Allan Dolphy (June 20, 1928 - June 29, 1964), who was one of Black Music's unrecognized giants. Dolphy played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. He worked closely with John William Coltrane. Jalai interviews Kumasi, Shaka-At Thinnin and Juti Sadiki of the Black August Organizing Committee about the July 1st Hunger Strike at Pelican Bay and other California prisons. Delores Canales whose son is in Pelican Bay participating in the hunger strike joins the program. Sign the petition to support the prisoners on hunger strike at Pelican Bay prison in California!
Tribute to Sonny Rollins | Hunger Strike in CA Prisons
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2011-06-26 Host Norman Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Jalali interviews Kumasi, Chaka and Jitu Sadiki of The Black August Organizing Committee about the proposed Hunger Strike in California prisons. The Toronto - born Tiki Mercury-Clarke discusses Black Music Month.
June is Black Music Month! Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron
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2011-06-19 Host Norman Richmond aka Jalali pays tribute to Gil Scott-Heron who he met in 1976. Jalali interviews Dr. William Sales, author of "From Civil Rights To Black Liberation: Malcolm X and The Organization of Afro-American Unity". Sales discusses Manning Marable's book, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention". The show also pays tribute to some of Canada's Black Music Makers like Harrison Kennedy. Deborah Cox, Glenn Lewis and Tiki Mercury-Clarke.
Spotlight on Jamaica
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2011-05-29 On this episode of Diasporic Music we shine the spotlight on Jamaica. Host Norman Richmond aka Jalali talks with the Toronto-based Jamaican born Jay Douglas who is a veteran musician . Guitarist Ernest Ranglin will be featured . Ranglin has recently been working closely with Baaba Maal of Senegal. Rupert Charles Lewis , the author of "Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought". will also discuss the current situation in Jamaica,
Spotlight on Leroy Hutson | Case of Mumia Abu Jamal | Work of Toronto's Walnut Studios Loft
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2011-05-15 We shine the spotlight on the underrated Leroy Hutson. Hutson replaced Curtis Mayfield in the Impressions and co-wrote "The Ghetto" with Donny Hathaway. Host Norman Jalali Richmond talks live with Linn Washington, Jr. about the case of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal whose death sentence has been thrown out. Washington is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia and a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune - America's oldest black owned newspaper. We also speak with Malinda Francis, a filmmaker and owner of docuvixen films and the Coordinator of the Walnut Studios Loft - Art and Media Space in Toronto, Canada.
Musical Spotlight on the Cape Verde Island | Herb Boyd discusses Manning Marable's new book on Malcolm X
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2011-04-24 Tune in as Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali shines the spotlight on the Cape Verde Island. The classic "Song For My Father" was written and performed by Horace Silver whose dad was born on this African island. Jalali continues his talk with author/activist Herb Boyd about Manning Marable's new bio on Malcolm X, 'Reinvention Of Malcolm X'.
Spotlight on Archie Shepp; Interview with Frank Francis
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2011-04-10 Shepp was one of host Jalali’s mentors. The prominent African saxophonist, vocalist, poet and playwright was born on May 24, 1937 in Florida. Shepp is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late 1960s, which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by the Africans at home and abroad. He composed "Malcolm, Malcolm Semper Malcolm" and "Blues for Brother George Jackson". Jalali talks with Herb Boyd about Manning Marable’s new bio on Malcolm X, 'Reinvention Of Malcolm X'. He also talks with Frank Francis, the owner of the Trane Studio in Toronto, Canada.
Spotlight on Jesse Belvin and Melba Liston
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2011-02-06 Host Jalali Norman Otis Richmond shines the spotlight on Jesse Belvin and Melba Liston. Also - Dr. Gerald Horne, author of Mau Mau in Harlem: The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya discusses his work. Horne is John and Rebecca Moore's Professor of African-American History at the University of Houston. He has published over two dozen books, including From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-198...0. Melba Doretta Liston (January 13, 1926 to April 23, 1999) was an American jazz musician (trombone, compositions, musical arrangements). Her collaborations with pianist/composer Randy Weston, beginning in the early 1960s, are widely acknowledged as jazz classics. Jesse Belvin was killed along with his manager/wife Jo Ann on Feb 6, 1960 in Hope, Arkansas, the home town of William Jefferson Clinton. Etta James called Belvin "The most gifted of all...even now I consider him the greatest singer of my generation. Rhythm and blues, rock and roll, crooner, you name it. He was going to be bigger than Sam Cooke, bigger than Nat Cole." Belvin was a prolific songwriter who wrote R&B classics like "Earth Angel", "Goodnight My Love", and "Guess Who". When The Penguins recorded "Earth Angel", 11-year-old Barry White was the pianist on the recording session.
This episode of Diasporic Music was pre-empted by the African People's Solidarity Committee (APSC) Conference
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2011-01-09 This week's episode was pre-empted by the annual African People's Solidarity Committee Conference. Diasporic Music is made in the West, but is not of the West. Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics.
Spotlight on Aretha Franklin and Diop Olugbala
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2010-12-26 This episode of Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio shines the spotlight on Aretha Franklin and Diop Olugbala. Franklin offered to make Angela Davis’ bail when she was arrested for suspected involvement in the Soledad brothers' August 1970 abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County, California. Olugbala was recently banned from The Great White North for ten years. We also air a commentary from Mumia Abu-Jamal, “Obama Clinton with a Tan”.
Spotlight on Theo Peoples and Diop Olugbala
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2010-12-12 Theo Peoples is the current lead vocalist of the Four Tops and former lead of the Temptations. Peoples sang lead on "Stay" the song that brought back the Tempts back into the limelight. Diop Olugbala is the President of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM). He was recently detained by Canadian government and banned from "The Great White North" for 10 years! His arrival in Toronto was in anticipation of an event where he was to speak to rally support for InPDUM's upcoming National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This episode will also feature the latest commentaries from Mumia Abu-Jamal. And as usual we will be playing music made in the West but not of the West.
Spotlight on Sigidi Abdullah
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2010-11-28 In this episode we shine the spotlight on Sigidi Abdullah. Abdullah has worked with Eddie Kendricks (Temptations), Phillipe Wynn (Spinners and Funkadelic), Donald Byrd, Erykah Badu and the S.O.S Band. He wrote the smash Take Your Time.
Spotlight on Fela Kuti
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2010-11-21 Abayomi Azikiwe the editor of the Pan-African News Wire discusses the off Broadway play Fela. Mumia Abu-Jamal discusses the Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs. Listen to the best of the best in Black music.
Spotlight on General Norman Johnson; Interview with Dr. Gerald Horne
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2010-10-31 Host Jalali Norman Otis Richmond shines the spotlight on General Norman Johnson, lead vocalist of the vocal group, Chairmen of The Board. Johnson was also a songwriter and producer. Clarence Carter, Freda Payne and Honey Cone sang "Patches", "Bring The Boys Home"and "Want Ads". Also - Dr. Gerald Horne, author of Mau Mau in Harlem? The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya discusses his work. Horne is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of African-American History at the University of Houston. He has published over two dozen books, including From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980.
Spotlight on Solomon Burke
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2010-10-17 We put the spotlight on Solomon Burke, who joined the ancestors at 70. We hear from Ayuko Babu, the Executive Director of the Pan African Film Festival, continuing his discussion of Dick Griffey's contribution to Africa and Africans. Griffey was founder of Solar Records, the L.A.-based label, once touted as "the Motown of the 80s". He discovered L.A. Reid and Babyface and Lakeside. He helped put the Whispers on the map. We talk talk with Itah Sadu, co-owner of A Different Book List, Toronto's top Afrocentric book store. Plus regular segment with current commentaries from Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Spotlight on Dick Griffey | Isaac Saney on developments in Cuba | Commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal
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2010-10-03 Spotlight on Dick Griffey, who joined the ancestors at 71. Griffey was founder of Solar Records, the L.A.-based label, once touted as "the Motown of the 80s". He discovered L.A. Reid and Babyface and Lakeside. He helped put the Whispers on the map. Ayuko Babu, the Executive Director of the Pan African Film Festival discusses Griffey's contribution to Africa and Africans. We also talk to Isaac Saney about recent developments in Cuba. The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based, Saney is the author of Cuba: A Revolution in Motion. Hear current commentaries from Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Spotlight on Johnny "Guitar" Watson
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2010-09-19 This episode of Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio shines the spotlight on Johnny "Guitar" Watson. Etta James has said, "My whole ballad style comes from my imitating Johnny's style." We also feature the most current commentaries from Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Tribute to Stephen Biko; spotlight on Walter Williams; Black August interview
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2010-09-05 We pay tribute to Stephen Bantu Biko, who died on September 12, 1977. We also shine the spotlight on Walter Williams, a founding member of the legendary O'Jay. Williams is still very much in the land of the living. He recently revealed that he his suffering from MS, but continues to perform after finding the right medication.
For the third show in a row we will continue our discussion on political prisoners.We talk with Kumasi and Shaka, who were both locked down with Comrade George Jackson. The Los Angeles-based Kumasi and the Oakland-based Shaka are part of the Black August Organizing Committee. Also, joining in the discussion will be the Washington D.C.-based, Naji Mujahid of the Black August Planning Organization. Kiilu Nyasha pointed out, "Primarily, August is the month we recall the great loss exacted upon our Black revolutionary movement with the assassination of George Jackson and his younger brother, the teen-aged Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan was martyred [in 1970] when he led the August 7th rebellion; George was martyred a year later, August 21."
Replay - Remember Black August, Part 2 | A Tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln)
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2010-08-29 Hear a replay of last week's program: August is Black August: Remember Black August Part 2 & A Tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln) This episode of Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio will pay tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln) and continue our commemoration of Black August.
Remember Black August, Part 2 | A Tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln)
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2010-08-22 August is Black August: Remember Black August Part 2 & A Tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln) This episode of Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio will pay tribute to Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln) and continue our commemoration of Black August. Lincoln and her former husband drummer Max Roach played a major role in promoting African Liberation. Their album, We Insist: The Freedom Now Suite had a profound impact. It was banned in South Africa in 1964 , along with music by Randy Weston and Lena Horne. The couple’s music also influenced a whole generation of Black revolutionaries. Muhammad Ahmad (Maxwell Stanford Jr.) pointed out in his volume, We Will Return In The Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960-1975, “the Freedom Now Suite immediately raised my political / cultural consciousness.” As a journalist Kiilu Nyasha knew George Jackson personally. Nyasha , pointed out that when Jackson was assassinated on August 21, 1971 the officials found 99 books in his cell. He was a student of revolution and the history of the world. She is a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). We talk with Kumasi and Shaka At Thinnin, who were both locked down with Comrade George Jackson. The Los Angeles-based Kumasi and the Oakland-based Shaka are part of the Black August Organizing Committee. Also, joining in the discussion will be the Washington D.C.-based, Naji Mujahid of the Black August Planning Organization. Kiilu Nyasha pointed out, "Primarily, August is the month we recall the great loss exacted upon our Black revolutionary movement with the assassination of George Jackson and his younger brother, the teen-aged Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan was martyred [in 1970] when he led the August 7th rebellion; George was martyred a year later, August 21." The music of Aminata Moseka, Max Roach, G.C. Cameron, The Spinners, Syretta Wright (Muhammad), The Mighty Sparrow, Frank Morgan, and Sweet Honey in The Rock. Mumia Abu-Jamal commentaries will deal with Dr. Laura, Aminata Moseka and George Jackson.
August is Black: Remember Black August & A Tribute to the Red, Black & Green
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2010-08-08 We talk with Kumasi and Shaka, who were both locked down with Comrade George Jackson. The Los Angeles-based Kumasi and the Oakland-based Shaka are part of the Black August Organizing Committee. Also, joining in the discussion will be the Washington D.C.-based, Naji Mujahid of the Black August Planning Organization.

Kiilu Nyasha pointed out, "Primarily, August is the month we recall the great loss exacted upon our Black revolutionary movement with the assassination of George Jackson and his younger brother, the teen-aged Jonathan Jackson. Jonathan was martyred [in 1970] when he led the August 7th rebellion; George was martyred a year later, August 21."

We also talk with Rupert Charles Lewis, the author of "Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought". Lewis is an expert on Marcus Garvey who will discuss the Red, Black & Green flag, Garvey's use of the press and his relevance to this period. August 13th is the 90th anniversary of the origin of the Red Black and Green flag.Lewis' others works on Garvey are "Marcus Garvey:Anti - Colonial Champion", "Garvey: His Work and Impact" and "Garvey: Africa, Europe, the Americas".

Tribute to Harry Fugua, the founder of the Moonglows
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2010-07-25 This episode of Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio continues the tradition of Black Music made in the West but not of the West. The show features a tribute to Harry Fugua, the founder of the vocal group, the Moonglows. The Moonglows influenced all the great Black groups in the United States in he 60s. They also influenced Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer (The Wailers). Fugua discovered Marvin Gaye who recorded with Harry and The Moonglows and on Gaye's last recording "Sexual Healing". Three of Mumia Abu-Jamal's latest commentaries are aired as well.
Black Music Month Special
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2010-06-06 This episode of Diasporic Music on Uhuru Radio is a Black Music Month Special. U.S. President Barack Obama has liquidated Black Music Month. President Obama has reduced an international art form and made it African American Appreciation Month -- whatever that means. This episode of Diasporic Music shines the spotlight on David Ruffin, a member of the classic Temptations, and we talk live with Tiki Mercury - Clarke and the brother of Sam Cooke, L.C. Cooke. Learn more about Kiki Mercury - Clarke at www.kakuyonstronghold.com
Tribute to Lena Horne
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2010-05-23

“My identity is very clear to me now, I am a Black woman.” - Lena Horne

My life’s work as a journalist/broadcaster has made it possible for me to meet many of the towering figures of African and world history. I was fortune enough to have crossed paths with Lena Horne on more than one occasion.

One of our encounters took place at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. I was there to attend a press conference for Ms. Horne. J. Alexander Francis was also there as a photographer. Francis hails from the Caribbean, and I from the wilderness of North America. Other than the two of us, the room was white on white in white.

Ms. Horne suddenly appeared, accompanied by Blues icon Jimmy Witherspoon and the Royal York’s P. R. man Gino Empry. When Ms. Horne entered the room she slid straight to “Chocolate City” and embraced Francis and me, the only other Blacks in the room. While I had grown up a fan of Ms.Horne, this display only cemented my love for her and her work. I have never forgotten Ms. Horne’s demonstration of Black solidaritary.

I was saddened to learn that Ms.Horne has recently joined the ancestors on Mother’s Day, May 9th. She died in a New York City hospital less than two months shy of her 93rd birthday. Her career spanned a remarkable 65 years. She was an enchanting singer, actress and human rights activist.

The span of her life is itself significant. Born June 30, 1917, two months after the United States entry into World War I, and four months before the Bolshevik (Russian) Revolution, Ms.Horne lived through the Depression, the Second World War, the Chinese and Cuban Revolutions, the birth of the Cold War, the eruption of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the Vietnam War, the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union, and the election of the first African president of the United States, Barack Obama.

She was known for her plaintive, signature song “Stormy Weather” and for her triumph over the bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them.

She is best known to many for her marvelous roles in the films “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather”. “Cabin in the Sky “is a musical that was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and released in 1943. The film also starred Ethel Waters and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson of Jack Benny fame. Ms.Horne co-starred as “Georgia Brown” in her first and only leading role in an MGM musical. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have a showcase musical number in the film.

“Stormy Weather” is loosely based upon the life and times of its star, dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Robinson plays “Bill Williamson”, a natural-born dancer who returns home in 1918 after fighting in World War I, and then tries to launch a career as a performer. Along the way, the character Williamson woos a beautiful singer named “Selina Rogers”, played by Ms.Horne.

Unlike many 21st Century Superstars, she was not afraid to be seen in public with leaders who had been deemed “enemies of the state” by the State. “There is no business like show business”, and it is currently a cesspool of opportunism.

Involved in the freedom struggle

Ms.Horne knew both Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and El- Hajj Malik El- Shabazz (Malcolm X) and spoke fondly about both of them. Her take on King was, “Every color I can think of and nationality, we were all touched by Dr. King because he made us like each other and respect each other.”

She was unapologetic about her support for Malcolm X. Says Ms.Horne, “Malcolm X raised my consciousness about myself and my people and other persons I know. I knew him before he became Malcolm X.” Before there was Martin and Malcolm, Horne had befriended both Dr. W.E. B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson. She was at an NAACP rally with Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, the weekend before he was assassinated.

Ms.Horne’s stella career had an international impact. The Cubans had produced a hard-hitting short film called “Now”, which was based on a song that Ms.Horne had recorded in the beginning of the 1960s. The song had been banned in 1964 in apartheid South Africa, along with Randy Weston’s album Uhuru Afrika. The prohibition had made international headlines and was covered in a September 1964 issue of Downbeat magazine.

Ms.Horne’s striking beauty often overshadowed her talent, and she was remarkably candid about her feelings on this matter. “I was unique in that I was a kind of black that white people could accept,” she once said. “I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance, because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked.”

She might have become a major movie star, but she was born 50 years too early. Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, and others have benefited from Horne’s pioneering contribution to the arts.

Jalali aka Norman Richmond will pay tribute to Lena Horne on Diasopric Music on Uhuru Radio, Sunday , May 23th. http://uhurunews.com/radio/show?show_id=dm

Malcolm X's Canadian Connection
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2010-05-09 Host Jalali Norman Otis Richmond talks live with Caldwell Taylor, former U.N. Ambassador for the New Jewel Movement government of Grenada, followed by 3 musical segments.

Segment #1: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) would have celebrated his 85th birthday on May 19th. He was assassinated 45 years ago on Feb. 21, 1965. Ossie Davis referred to Malcolm X as "Our Black Shining Prince". Malcolm's mother and father met at a UNIA convention in Montreal. They were married in Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10 May 1919. His mother Louise Helen Norton was born in 1897 in La Digue, St. Andrew, Grenada and died in 1991 in Woodland, Michigan. She lived 26 years longer than her son. His father Earl Little was born in Reynolds, Georgia in July of 1890, and was assassinated in Lansing, Michigan on Sept. 28, 1931. Wilferd Littte, Malcolm’s oldest brother says, “The story of her life was an epic one. The epic began in Grenada, continued in Canada, and ended here in the states. In all three countries there are parts of her life waiting to be resurrected.” Malcolm visited Toronto before he was assassinated. He spent time at the home of writer Austin Clarke and his wife Betty. Jan Carew’s book, Ghosts in Our Blood (With Malcolm X in Africa,England and the Caribbean) is a great resource on Malcolm’s mother. http://www.brothermalcolm.net/family/eldeath.html

Segment #2: Spotlight on Faith Nolan. Faith Nolan is an artist who is also a community builder. She is presently the director of Sing Elementary Teacher of Toronto and is in the process of founding a music therapy course for women prisoner in an Ontario jail. She has founded three Toronto based choirs, Sistering Singers, Mandela Children¹s Choir, and Voices of Freedom. In the late eighties she founded and directed Kingston Women Prisoners Choir. In 2004 Faith was on the Board of Mayworks, Toronto. She created Joint Effort in 1991. She was a founding member of the Black Women¹s Collective 1984 and Our Lives Newspaper 1986, Sisters Café 1991, MWIC in 1983-present, WRPM record distribution in 1995, Camp SIS 1995- present. She was on the Board with Charlie King, Pete Seeger in 1987 of the PMN. She is a composer and guitarist whose style varies from blues and folk, to jazz, with a taste of funk and reggae, is a seasoned performer who has built a strong and faithful audience.

Segment #3: Tribute to Ron Banks, William "Wee Gee" Howard, Elbert Wilkins, Lenny Mayes and The Dramatics. Ron Banks' silky falsetto helped give the Dramatics one of the most enduring careers in R&B. The Northern High School graduate was the founder of the Detroit vocal group, which made a name in the mid-'60s and went on to play for avid audiences around North America. Aside from a short break in the mid-1980s, the group has worked continuously since. William "Wee Gee" Howard shared leads with Banks on "In The Rain," "Thank You For Your Love," "Fall In Love, Lady Love," and "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain." Actually, Howard dedicated "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain" to the Toronto police department, when his set of Dramatics performed in Toronto. He felt he was unjustly harassed by Toronto's finest. Howard and Elbert Wilkins left the Dramatics and had a second set for a number of years. Howard was replaced by L.J. Reynolds and Wilkins spot was taken by Lenny Mayes. http://uhurunews.com/story?resource_name=dramatics-founder-ron-banks-at-58

Brazil to Briton - Celebrating Mumia Abu Jamal’s 54th Birthday and the 55th anniversary of The Bandung Conference.
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2010-04-25 Host Jalali Norman Otis Richmond shares African music from Brazil to Briton in a celebration of Mumia Abu Jamal’s 54th Birthday and the 55th anniversary of The Bandung Conference. Program includes clip of Malcolm X talking about the historic Bandung Conference.
Tribute to African Music from Cape Town to Nova Scotia
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2010-04-11 Norman Richmond's tribute to African music from Cape Town to Nova Scotia, with a live interview with Africville, Nova Scotia artist, Joe Sealy.
Tribute to African Women from Cape Town to Nova Scotia
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2010-03-28 March is Women's History Month. Join host Norman Richmond as he pays tribute to African Women from Cape Town to Nova Scotia, featuring music from Miriam Makeba to Shauntay Grant.
Randy Weston Live
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2010-03-14 Norman (Otis) Richmond a.k.a. Jalali talks live with Randy Weston. Weston recorded his album, “Uhuru Afrika” 50 years ago. The apartheid state of South Africa banned this album because of its title. Uhuru means “freedom” in Swahili, and this term sent chills down the spines of the rulers of the apartheid state. For many years the South African government banned any record or book with the word “freedom” in it. Uhuru was also the term that was used by Dedan Kimathi and the Land and Freedom Army a.k.a. Mau Maus. Gerald Horne, a frequent quest on Diasporic Music has a new volume, “Mau Mau in Harlem? The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya.” Randy Weston, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926, didn't have to travel far to hear the early jazz giants that were to influence him. Though Weston cites Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington as his other piano heroes, it was Thelonious Monk who had the greatest impact. "He was the most original I ever heard," Weston remembers. "He played like they must have played in Egypt 5000 years ago." Randy Weston has never failed to make the connections between African and African-American music. His dedication is due in large part to his father, Frank Edward Weston, who told his son that he was, "an African born in America." "He told me I had to learn about myself and about him and about my grandparents," Weston said in an interview, "and the only way to do it was I'd have to go back to the Motherland one day." In the late 60's, Weston left the country. But instead of moving to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, Weston went to Africa. Though he settled in Morocco, he traveled throughout the continent tasting the musical fruits of other nations. One of his most memorable experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival, which drew artists from 60 cultures. "At the end," Weston says, "we all realized that our music was different but the same, because if you take out the African elements of bossa nova, samba, jazz, blues, you have nothing.......... To me, it's Mother Africa's way of surviving in the New World." For more information contact Norman Richmond norman.o.richmond@gmail.com
A Tribute to Malcolm X and "Da Mighty M's"
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2010-02-28 Ras Jimi Jaimin recorded a song, Da Mighty M's", which paid homage to Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Martin Luther King ,Elijah Muhammad, Miriam Makeba, Mahalia Jackson, Maurice Bishop,Judy Mowatt, Curtis Mayfield and others whose first or last names begin with M. The show is produced and hosted by former M & M member Norman (Otis) Richmond a.k.a Jalali. This episode will also be a Tribute to El-Hajj Malik El- Shabazz (Malcolm X). Ossie Davis referred to Malcolm X as "Our Black Shining Prince". Malcolm X was assassinated 45 years ago on Feb.21, 1925. He would have celebrated his 85th birthday on May 19th. This episode features the music of: Ras Jimi Jaimin Miriam Makeba Mahalia Jackson Bob Marley Burning Spear and more.
Get a Taste of the African Experience in Canada, Through Music
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2010-02-14 Norman Otis Richmond plays the music of Harrison Kennedy, the first African Canadian to sell a million records as a member of the Detroit-based "Chairmen of the Board". Kennedy along with Norman "General" Johnson and Danny Woods hit it big with "Give Me Just A Little More Time". Kennedy recently released a song, "40 Acres and a Mule" which calls for reparations. Hear this new song, along with another song "Pay Back Time" calling for reparations by King Cosmos. Another African artist from Toronto has put Claude McKay's poem, "If We Must Die" to music. Tune in to hear Lazo reggae rendition of McKay's work, Tiki Mercury Clarke's Three Disc CD, "Lift Every Voice & Sing", along with music from veteran Jay Douglas. Also hear the music of Deborah Cox, who once had the longest running R&B hit in Billboard Magazine, "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here". Glen Rickett and his son Glenn Lewis get some air time. And finally, hear some down home gospel from Jay McGee.
Tribute to Singer/Songwriter Jesse Belvin
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2010-01-31 Jesse Belvin was killed along with his manager/wife Jo Ann on Feb 6, 1960 in Hope, Arkansas, the home town of William Jefferson Clinton. Belvin attended Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. Jefferson High also produced Roy Ayers and Etta James. James - "The most gifted of all...even now i consider him the greatest singer of my generation. Rhythm and blues, rock and roll, crooner, you name it. He was going to be bigger than Sam Cooke, bigger than Nat Cole." Belvin was a prolific songwriter who wrote R&B classics like "Earth Angel", "Goodnight My Love", and "Guess Who". When The Penguins recorded "Earth Angel", 11-year-old Barry White was the pianist on the recording session. Alan Freed used to close his radio show with "Goodnight My Love". Harold Melvin used to close the Blue Notes show by singing "Goodnight My Love." Belvin influenced many vocalist including Marvin Gaye. He was only 27 and his wife was only 25 when they joined the ancestors. Join us for this tribute to the great Belvin. Call in with your comments and questions.

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