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Azucar y Candela featured album: WAITIKI 7

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This week's featured album on Azucar y Candela (WED 6-8p):

WAITIKI 7, "Adventures in Paradise"

Martin Denny first gave an exaggerated tropical feel to Latinesque lounge in the 50s, adding bongos and bird sounds to gentle Hawaiian melodies. Now, Lopaka Colon (son of Denny's bongocero Augie Colon) is part of a band called WAITIKI 7 that is out to prove that exotica is "not some formaldehyde-preserved relic but a viable, living genre."  READ MORE>>>>>

This vibes-ridden* groove evokes the intimate, bygone acoustics of Cuba's Egrem studios with hints of afro and swing, never veering into arch caricature or postmodern distance. Whereas exotica often evoked sonic stereotypes that quickly seemed kitschy or untenable, this band (whose members share Native Hawaiian, Chinese and Puerto Rican heritage), has found a way to return these sounds to a realm of unironic pleasure and cultural respect.

Exotica is back, baby. Not your typical "salsa dura," nonethless, the Latin backbone is authentic, the musical approach pure jazz. This album is a special liqueur. Recapture your own personal cocktail hour (drink recipes are included with the liner notes) and go with the wave.

*using a rare 1927 model Vibraharp 145


THE BEAST: WED 6 PM Interview on Azucar y Candela

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This week's featured artist on Azucar y Candela is The Beast, whose new CD "Silence Fiction" features raging Triangle salseros Orquesta GarDel. Join Santa Salsera with members of The Beast LIVE in the studio this WEDNESDAY (10/14) , during the first hour of Azucar y Candela (6-8 pm). 





Melissa Thomas on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, Sun. Oct. 11

Be sure to tune in to WXDU from 5-6 pm Sunday evening! Melissa Thomas of 307 Knox Records and the Troika Music Festival will be in, talking about Troika history, artists, the local music community at large, along with the giving away of some Troika passes! For more info, please visit www.troikamusicfestival.org


Mystery Show October 11, 2009: A to Z of Dubstep

 Tune in this Sunday October 11, 2009 for the Mystery show where I will be spinning an A to Z of dubstep. I'll be bringing the heavy bass and dark beats from various UK and American dubstep artists. Tune in to 88.7 FM in Durham or wxdu.org online from 10-11 PM


Humble Tripe on the Vinyl Revolution, Fri. Oct. 9!

Listen in on WXDU from 5-6 pm this Friday when Humble Tripe will pop by the studio, perform, guest DJ, and play a bit off their brand new album. Also, we'll be talking about the Troika Music Festival coming up in less than a month! Don't miss it.

First Annual Milltown Record Swap this Saturday

Didn't get enough at the WXDU Record Fair last month? Hot on its heels...

Clarque and Caroline Blomquist will be hosting the first annual Milltown Record Swap and Vinyl Fair at Milltown in Carrboro Saturday Oct 10 from 2 to 6 pm.  Details:
* Local record labels, bands, distributors and collectors are invited to showcase and trade new releases, catalog and merchandise.
* Bring your own vinyl, CDs, posters, box sets, etc to sell and trade.

Milltown Restaurant

(919) 968-2460

307 East Main Street, Carrboro, NC


Azucar y Candela featured album: DISLOCADOS

Going to start featuring a new Latin release each week or so on Azucar y Candela, home of the Sweet Latin Heat! Listen in every Wednesday 6-8 pm...

This week's featured album on Azucar y Candela:  Ukrainian salsa band DISLOCADOS, "La Salida." (READ MORE>>>>>)


DANCE FOR HUNGER @ Latin Venues This Week

"Dance for Hunger," a coordinated campaign by salsa dancers across the Triangle to generate donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, will have collection sites at three Latin music and dance venues this week:

TUESDAY Oct. 6, the SALSA/MAMBO SOCIAL at Carmen's Cuban Cafe, 108 Factory Shops Rd in Morrisville will give FREE ADMISSION to those who arrive with ONE OR MORE canned goods or other items to donate. (Normally this is a $5 door charge.) Start time: 9pm; more info at www.mambodinamico.com. (READ MORE>>>>)

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, donations will also be collected at Mosaic Wine Lounge, 517 W. Jones St in Raleigh during the NOCHE LATINA at Mosaic Fall Music Fest, featuring live Dominican jazz by GUILLO CARIAS TRIO. (See video of Guillo here). No cover will be charged at this event, regardless, but the local dance community urges you to join us and donate something if you can. A list of the Food Bank's "Most Needed Items" can be located here at their website.

A third DANCE FOR HUNGER collection will take place on SUNDAY; details to be updated.



Interviews This Weekend!

 WXDU will be welcoming The Travesties to The Vinyl Revolution with Savannah from 5-6 pm, Friday, Oct. 2nd.  They'll be talking about Troika, their other bands, and whatever they'll subject the poor DJ to.  As if that wasn't enough, I Was Totally Destroying It will be on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, from 6-7 pm this Sunday, Oct. 4th! They have a brand new CD coming out, as well as a recently released vinyl which we'll be playing selections from.  You don't wanna miss it!


Live Dates for Latin Music This Weekend

Lots of opportunities to see local Latin bands this weekend, starting (early) on Thursday (10/1) at DOS TAQUITOS CENTRO/Raleigh:  SAJASO (salsa, boogaloo) plays 8-10 pm. Free.

Saturday (10/3) at 1 pm, CARNAVALITO (salsa, Latin jazz) plays at AMERICAN TOBACCO DISTRICT/Durham at the Fox 50 Family Festival. Free.

Sunday (10/4) at 3:30 pm, the UNC performing ensemble CHARANGA CAROLINA (salsa, timba cubana) plays at FESTIFALL on Franklin St/Chapel Hill. Free.

DIFFERENT DRUM (world/Latin) and CLAUDIO DE SOUZA & BANDA SAMBA JOVEM are among the offerings at the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL/Raleigh going on all weekend; Check out the website for details.

More info at Santa Salsera's Latin music blog and events calendar, Onda Carolina.