'5 things to know' is a weekly feature highlighting different parts of the WWOZ world that you may have missed this week, including unique WWOZ programming and video, plus New Orleans events, artists, releases, places, features, and more.
On Thursday, February 4, Maurice White, legendary founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at the age of 74. I paid tribute to his influential work and sound by playing an all-Maurice White edition of my Soul Power show on February 6. I decided to highlight only my favorite EWF songs that featured his lead vocals, as well as a few non-EWF songs that White produced.
Roar! is a fun New Orleans-based duo that incorporates electronics into trombone, vocals, and live drumming into pop and punk music. The group has a sound reminiscent of a mishmash of unexpected artists-- Bjork, Portishead, Interpol, and Sylvan Esso. The mixes of loops and effects with instrumentation creates a unique, cheerful sound.
WWOZ is once again teaming up with the New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to produce free music videos for local musicians. This program, now in its second year, pairs talented local filmmakers with students (age 17 & up) who want to learn all about the creative process behind music video production.