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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

Here Comes Mr. Jordan: Steve of the JFA visits The Dean's List

Thu, 02/11/21
Authored by Dean Ellis
The Jazz Foundation of America, an organization whose mission it is to provide (amongst its vast outreach and charitable work) Covid-19 relief to musicians here in New Orleans and around the country, has hopped aboard the creative Carnival porch float craze around town by f... Read more

Interview: Joell Lee of Original Black Seminole Baby Dolls

Mon, 02/08/21
This week on Takin' It To The Streets, Action Jackson gets on the phone with Joell Lee of the Original Black Seminole Baby Dolls. They discuss the possibility of uniting different Baby Doll groups, the Baby Dolls' representation of strong womanhood, how they design their ou... Read more

Rhythm Room 02/05/21

Sat, 02/06/21
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
1 Stormy Weather Bobby Ellis And The Revolutionaries 03:08 The Reggae Train: More Great Hits From The High No 2 Who Is He Andrea Vereen & The St. Marks Choir 04:26 Oh, Say Can You See 3 We The People Staple Singers 03:53 Be Altitude: Respect Yourself 4 You Can't Have Your Cak... Read more

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