This fabulous new autobiography, “God Save the Queen Diva,” is a breezy page-turner that not only reveals the evolution of Freddie Ross, Jr. to Big Freedia the Queen Diva: it delivers an insider’s look at the development of New Orleans’ bounce music scene. All throughout, the reader can hear Freedia’s booming voice, as if she is in the room reading aloud.
2010 Grammy winner (and WWOZ cookbook contributor) Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band do "Zydeco People" on KRVS's "Local Produce Live" at Cypress Lake Studios in Lafayette. Members of the Bayou Swamp Band include: Gabriel Perrodin, Jr.
In 2012, a 24-year old Jamison Ross won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in one of the only years the contest has featured drumming as its instrumental focus. Winning this prestigous competition came with a prize of a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.
South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir are two-time Grammy winners for Best Traditional World Music Album. They combine gospel, spirituals, reggae, and American popular music, as evidenced by the three songs below: "Mama Tembu's Wedding," "Avulekile Amasango/One Love," and "Khumbaya."
This simple, yet undeniable summer staple comes courtesy of Salú Bistro and Bar as a feature on their July BBQ Menu. Salu's recipe reinvents the classic side dish with decadent pork belly, veal stock, and of course some brown sugar. The entree pairing of your choice is going to have to put up a fight to next to these beans!