Freedom Principle Black History Month Special: Cumbia in Colombia

FreedomPrinc4

With respect to February’s Black History Month, The Freedom Principle presents four programs of musical genres borne from diverse origins. In doing so, we continue a tradition here at CJAM of recognizing the contributions to the arts of peoples from the African diaspora, experiences which impact and help define our global culture. Click for more information on the first, second, and third parts of the series.

Cumbia left the countryside of the Atlantic coast in the 1940s, moving to the urban centres to become the dance of the middle and upper class. Its distinctive loping beat entrenched itself as distinctly Colombian. The Discos Fuentes label was started in 1934 by Don Antonio Fuentes. The label grew to include everything in-house – the recording, the pressing, cassette manufacturing, printing and distribution. The label remains the oldest and still largest label in Colombia. Discos Fuentes continues to work their back catalog, releasing and re-releasing various compilations and combinations all the time, often with album covers which attempt to project a certain sexuality. The effort on the covers, however, is mute to the dynamic grooves that pop from the tracks of the great cumbia rhythms within.

Cumbia in Colombia airs live on Friday February 28, 2014 from 5:00-6:30pm.

Freedom Principle Black History Month Special: Desert Blues – A New Generation of Griots

FreedomPrinc1

With respect to February’s Black History Month, The Freedom Principle will present four programs of musical genres borne from diverse origins. In doing so, we continue a tradition here at CJAM of recognizing the contributions to the arts of peoples from the African diaspora, experiences which impact and help define our global culture. The first in the series is Desert Blues – A New Generation of Griots on Friday February 7, 2014 from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

No contemporary music appears as valid to the struggle of freedom than that which currently comes from the desert of north Africa. The tuareg have been in a fight for independence for over one hundred years. The current rebellion, started in 2006, hit a peak in 2012 when armed militant factions of Islamic fundamentalists fleeing Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya brought increased instability to regions in northern Mali and Niger. In communities that were infiltrated, shiria law was established effectively outlawing music. Fearing persecution, many musicians fled to neighbouring countries to continue to record. Consequently, 2013 saw an influx of superb releases feeding a global appetite for “Desert Blues” with lyrics expressing both anger for the unstable political situation and a devout love for their African homeland.

Three-Hour Revolution Rock Special (Sept. 24: 9-12PM)

Revolution Rock will be three hours today . From 9:00-10:30 AM once again! Join Dave Konstantino and Adam Peltier (host of Fear of Music) as they play an hour an a half of music devoted to the Country, Folk and Blues music genres for the last time. . Expect to hear music by Little Walter, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Elliot Brood, two tracks form Windsor’s Chris Crossroads and more!

From 10:30 – Noon Dave will host Revolution Rock playing a mix of garage 70s punk/new wave, surf and indie. It starts today at 9 AM on CJAM 99.1 FM!

Revolution Rock Bo Diddley 3-Hour Special

BoDiddley-PP006

Revolution Rock will be three hours this Tuesday.  From 9:00-10:30 AM, join Dave Konstantino and Adam Peltier as they play an hour an a half of music devoted to “The Originator” Bo Diddley.  Expect to hear obscure Bo Diddley tracks, covers by other artists and songs and bands influenced by Bo Diddley.  From 10:30-Noon, Dave Konstantino will host Revolution Rock playing a mix of garage, 70’s punk/new wave, surf, indie and more.  It all takes place starting at 9 AM this Tuesday on CJAM 99.1 FM!