It may come as no surprise to you all that we at CKUT really love radio. Spoken, weird, musical or otherwise, we’re big fans of stuff that comes from a stereo and a dial. That spirit might have changed a bit with the whole internet thing, but it’s also given us the opportunity to hear shows from programmers around the world.
The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed shortly after percussionist Kahil El’Zabar graduated from the school of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1976. He teamed up with tenor saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr. to play music that combined contemporary African American musical styles, like jazz, with more traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. The duo would frequently grow to a trio in these first years, adding musicians like saxophonist Light Henry Huff and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. In 1988, they added trombonist and conga player Joseph Bowie, who is the leader of the jazz-funk group Defunkt. In 1997, Wilkerson was replaced by Ernest “Khabeer” Dawkins who is the leader of New Horizons Ensemble.
There’s a weekend ahead of us, y’all, and lotsa listening to be had for those who’re looking. What is there, like, almost twenty different music shows to choose from over the next two days? Maybe just leave the radio on. Here are a couple of highlights…
On Sunday we’ve got The Goods on from 2-4pm (check out their video above). The Goods is wrangled by the super hero team of Andy Williams and Scott C who are also les dudes behind the popular monthly DJ night at La Sala Rossa.
Earlier on Sunday from 11-1pm we’ve got Free Kick and they’ll be featuring some bhangra rhythms et plus. Here’s some inspiration:
…And finally, in keeping with our working backwards theme, tune into our metal show Sounds of Steel on Saturday (9-11pm) to check out their mythology themed show. Expect tunes from the likes of Absu, Symphony X, Sabaton, Melechesh, Iron Maiden and Amon Amarth to swell your ears with the might of gods and demons and all the beings in between! Follow the SoS folks on Twitter or call in during the show- they take requests: 514.448.4013.