In the commentary of The Musical Connection (3-4AM), Host, Ian Forrest explores getting up and being picked up by your supportive corner, when the system pushes you to the point of breaking. The music of Toots Hibbert and his relentless efforts at relevance and reinvention, make his sound as fresh today as it was in the 1960's when he first broke onto the scene. In the 2nd Hour, the late great, Louis Reyes Rivera, the People's Poet and a grassroots organizer of the efforts to transform education in NYC in the late 1960's comes back to give a teach in on organization to those in the current struggle of the 99 percent for equality and economic justice among other things. Damani Parris, president of the UWI Guild of Students at Cave Hill comes in as well to share the plight of Barbadian students who will soon have to pay tuition for the 1st time. And Barbara Blake Hannah of the Reggae International Film festival, steps in to talk about the recently held festival in Jamaica. Connections is ON and next appears on Monday, October 7, 2013 (3-5AM). Do be listening!
In the Musical Connection (3-4AM) this week, program host, Ian Forrest, offers a biting critique of education in the Caribbean and at the University of the West Indies in particular. The music features the works of Israel Vibration, "brothers challenged by Polio, but not limited by it as they have toured the world, spreading the glory of Rastafari and being living a living testimony to the place in society for those otherwise dubbed disabled. In the 2nd Hour (4-5AM) Ian catches up with long time mentor and Pan Africanist Icon, Sis. Mariamne Samad. At 91 Sis Samad still rocks it. The Maafa of St. Paul Community Baptist Church supplied two of its actors to share their experience of playing in the production, namely, Cortez Stallings and NYC Council Member, Jumaane Williams. Sister Dixie Ann Thomas Cooper from Fyzabad in Trinidad, does Mahalia Jackson proud with her rendition of "Soon We'll be Done". Its a treat. Listen and listen again. Connections next appears here 9/30/13, 3-5AM. Do be listening
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