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Interview: Kevin Devezin of Undefeated Divas & Gents

Thu, 02/25/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Undefeated Divas and Gents President Kevin Devezin talks to Action Jackson about how he got started in the second line, the group's talented designers, how they choose their fancy footwear, and more. Hear the interview in the player be... Read more

Rhythm Room 02/19/21

Sat, 02/20/21
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Sledgehammer Boris Gardiner 03:21 Sledgehammer 2 What Is This Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens 03:14 What Have You Done, My Brother? 3 Movin' Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens 02:48 Cold World 4 don't let the love light leave carla thomas 02:27 more from the other side of... Read more

Special Irma Thomas birthday broadcast tonight 10pm CT

Thu, 02/18/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Today is Irma Thomas's 80th birthday, and we've been paying tribute to her all day long on WWOZ. We couldn't finish out the day without sharing just a few more rare Irma recordings from our vaults, so tune to WWOZ at 10pm CT for an hour of some great Irma Thomas live record... Read more

Happy 80th birthday, Irma Thomas!

Thu, 02/18/21
Happy 80th birthday to the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas! She has been a longtime supporter of WWOZ and we've appreciated every moment of that. Listen in to WWOZ today as our show hosts honor her in their own special ways. Below, a few of our favorite photos of her... Read more

Video: Mardi Gras 2021

Mon, 02/15/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleanians' creativity can't be dampened by a lack of parades! Here are just a few of the house floats from all over New Orleans that residents designed and installed to celebrate Mardi Gras 2021. Read more

Interview: Chief Eric B. of Monogram Hunters

Mon, 02/15/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Chief Eric B. of the Monogram Hunters talks to Action Jackson about loved ones lost during the pandemic, how his suit incorporates Rhastafarian culture, his latest musical project, and more. Hear it all in the player below: Read more

Video: Al "Carnival Time" Johnson 'Carnival Time Too'

Sat, 02/13/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
What time is it? CARNIVAL TIME! Check out a new re-work of Al "Carnival Time" Johnson's big hit, with a new video, just in time for Mardi Gras 2021! This is 'Carnival Time Too.' Read more

Interview: Spy Boy Tim Washington

Sat, 02/13/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Spy Boy Tim Washington gets on the phone with Action Jackson to discuss encountering the White Eagles and Black Eagles on Orleans Avenue as a child, how meetings of Indians came to be, the legacy of Big Chief Tootie Montana, what he fe... Read more

Rhythm Room Carnival Edition 02/12/21

Sat, 02/13/21
1 Mardis Gras Mambo Reverend Organdrum 02:44 Hi-Fi Stereo 2 Carnival Baby Square one 04:03 Soca 3 I Ate Up the Apple Tree New Birth Brass Band 02:47 D-Boy 4 Ernest Skipper with Flag and the Boys Shot Gun Joe Pt.1 03:46 Movements Vol.4 5 Warriors Moana and the Moahunters 01:07... Read more

WWOZ to re-air historic Mardi Gras specials

Fri, 02/12/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
This Mardi Gras, we dug deep in the vaults and unearthed two vintage WWOZ Mardi Gras specials which have rarely been heard since their initial broadcasts. Tune in Sunday, February 14, 10am-12pm CT, to hear WWOZ's 1994 Mardi Gras special hosted by Dr. John. This two-hour sp... Read more

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