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Azucar y Candela goes LIVE! Thursday

WXDU's DJ Santa Salsera will do a special Azucar y Candela LIVE set this Thursday (1/21) at Mosaic Wine Lounge in Raleigh. No-Cover event features FREE, LIVE LATIN MUSIC by Guillo Carias Trio from 9 pm. Salsera spins classic Nuyorica plus Afro-Cuban grooves, old and new.

Don't forget to tune in here for the regular radio edition Wednesdays 6-8 pm!

More info on Facebook:  "Santa Salsera"


Mystery Shows on 1/31 and 2/14: People Who Died

Tune in for a two-part Mystery Show special. Phil B will explore just a few of the great musicians and artists that we've lost in the past decade and will lament about not having enough time to play the rest.

Sunday 1/31 and 2/14, 10-11pm on WXDU, 88.7FM, Durham.


Beloved Binge, Live Interview: Sunday, Jan 17 at 6 PM

Tune in for a conversation with Eleni Binge of the Durham duo Beloved Binge. We'll be chatting about the upcoming Secondhand Freespace panel coming up on Jan 20 at Local 506 (Eleni will be the moderator).  Additionally, Beloved Binge will be performing next week at The Pinhook (Jan 23) as part of a benefit concert for Colin Mauger ("Ta Ta to the Tatas"). Colin will be in the studio with us as well. 

We welcome your questions: send them in via our online request line (on the left hand side of our website) at any time during the program. 

Tune in at 88.7 FM in the triangle area or at wxdu.org worldwide.


Mystery Show January 17, 2010: Lonely Records of 2009 (pt 2)

 Following up on Phil B's mystery show from two weeks ago, I am going to be spinning some of the less-loved, but nonetheless great albums that were added to the stacks at WXDU in 2009. These will be the more abstract and avante albums that got fewer than 5 plays, but deserved a bit more attention.

Tune in Sunday Jan 17, 2010 from 10-11PM.

88.7FM in Durham or http://wxdu.org for iTunes


des_ark live on air: Sunday 1/17 @ 4:00 p.m.

We've known des_ark's Aimee Argote since she was a high school member of Youth Voice Radio back in the late 90s. As des_ark, she's played live on WXDU twice before, in January 2006 & December 2007. Generally the way it works is that she shows up and picks an unlikely spot in the station to set up (in 2006 it was the landing halfway up the stairs, and in 2007 directly in front of the open window at the top of the stairs), and then we push the red button & whatever happens, happens. 

4:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as we can get it together.


Something Latin This Way Comes...MYSTERY SHOW SUNDAY 10 PM

Join DJ Santa SALSERA for the Mystery Show, our open specialty slot, THIS SUNDAY (Jan. 10) from 10-11 pm.

My past mystery show themes have included "Do The Latin Hustle," and "Salsa Electric Guitar Solos," so expect Latin with a twist!


WXDU Top 100 of 2009

Thanks to everyone who tuned in and helped make our Top 100 countdown so successful!  In case you missed the show, here's the full list of our top albums and compilations of 2009.

Top 100 albums:


WXDU Top 100 of 2009 Countdown 01/01/10

WXDU presents its 2nd annual top-100 new year's day countdown!!  Join us all day (well, 10am-10pm) as we bring you the top 100 new albums/reissues (and top 20 compilations) from the WXDU airwaves of 2009.  The coundown is once again proudly sponsored by Bull City Records! There will be gift certificate giveaways and loads of fun.  Rest off that hangover with a day of 2009's best music, WXDU style!


Azucar y Candela featured review: MIGUEL ZENON


Listen: AZUCAR y CANDELA Wed 6-8 pm. On Facebook:  "Santa Salsera"

Featured review:  MIGUEL ZENON, "Esta Plena"

Electrifying, reverential and profound, "Esta Plena" is a never-before-seen melding of plena and Latin jazz, as coequal partners. Though Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenon had experimented with his native island's folk rhythms on the earlier Jíbaro, this is a much deeper foray into ancestral territory.  <<READ MORE>>

Briefly, plena is a portable, improvised, drum and vocal ensemble known as "the newspaper of the streets," built around three panderos (frame drums similar to tambourines without the chimes). Five of the tunes on "Esta Plena" are named for neighborhoods in Santurce--a working class suburb outside San Juan that has been a hotbed of plena--where Zenon spent time growing up. Zenon is joined on the rest by some of Puerto Rico's top plena musicians, led by Hector "Tito" Matos. Plena has largely been neglected up until now as fertile ground for jazz (vs. the oft-adapted Afro-Cuban rhythms); Zenon opens that long-awaited conversation with this boldly conceptualized, yet personal homage.


Surinamese Saturday on MONDO MUNDO! 2-4 pm

My guest on Mondo Mundo this week:  Raleigh musician Frake Hunsel who will share his collection of classic Surinamese vinyl and CDs in the musical styles of Kaseko, Kawina, Aleke, Motjo poku, KasKawi, Groot Bazuin and more!

Special:  Music of Suriname
MONDO MUNDO Dec. 19, Saturday, 2-4 pm
WXDU 88.7 FM www.wxdu.org
Host:  Santa Salsera with guest Frake Hunsel  

This is a rare opportunity to hear and learn more about Surinamese artists such as: <<<READ MORE>>>

Lieve Hugo, NAKS Kaseko Loco, Kamalamas, Kara Dara, Conjunto Latinos, Ai Sa Si, Ghabiang, Twinkle Stars, Snijders, Santo Boys, Carlo Jones and the Surinam Troubadours, and the Fra Fra Sound. 

Suriname, a former Dutch colony and the smallest country in South America, is nestled on the Caribbean rim, shares a border with Brazil, and is home to huge ethnic and linguistic diversity. Musical influences include calypso and Cuban son. Frake Hunsel is a world percussionist who performs with ELM Collective and has his own kaseko music ensemble. 

Check it out!
-Santa Salsera