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.
The Mid-City Aces are a Cajun trio consisting of 18 year-old accordion master Cameron Dupuy, his dad, Michael Dupuy on guitar, and Gina Forsyth on fiddle. Their music is a fresh, bold, acoustic, and firmly traditional take on the sounds of southern Louisiana.