Tonight (Friday) at 9 on the Inside Track check out Royal Band de Thies with 'Kadior Demb' on Teranga Beat. This is a progressive Mbalax (Senegalese traditional music) outfit formed in the mid-70s, and Kadior Demb is the first non-bootleg recording of the group, from 1979, featuring intricate percussion and muscular, driving horn work meet great dual male vocals and smoking guitar action. (ERD).
Then, on the NSE at 10, local techno veteran Billie Blaze (https://www.facebook.com/DJBillieBlaze) joins us in the studio for an hour of dancefloor techno including selections from his forthcoming EP. One Duran follows up with his usual depth of selection of house and bass.
Sunday at 1 pm on Hell or High Water Blanche B. will be focusing on Gullah culture. The Gullah or Geechee people are African-American communities that have preserved much of their African linguistic and cultural heritage and are from the "Lowcountry" of the south (mostly coastal regions in South Carolina and Georgia). I will be playing sacred and secular music, animal stories, tradition stories, shout music, and clips that talk about the Gullah dialect (Enlgish-based creole language).
This week on Broken Music on Sunday at 2pm, we will explore two pieces by American composer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robert Ashley. Although he is known primarily as a composer of "avant-garde opera," this first piece, "Automatic Writing," can only tentatively pushed into this category. Composed by carefully capturing Ashley's "involuntary speech" which arises from a mild form of Tourette's Syndrome, this piece explores the nature of composition, intent, and speech. The second piece, an excerpt from Ashley's opera for television "Perfect Lives" displays the notable characteristics of Ashley's operas: Narrative fluidity, a colorful conglomeration of philosophical dialogue, and highly expressive instrumentation. Tune in!!!
Then, on WXYC REPORTS at 5pm, the show's theme this week is mental health, and we'll be exploring this theme from a variety of perspectives - from scientific research going on at UNC, to the stories of students and community members.
Business as usual on this week's Sportsrap at 8pm on Sunday, as the panel delves into another weekly game & lineup recap for Tar Heel basketball. The group will also break down ACC play for the week, while prepping the NBA's 2nd half and recap the diamond heel's recent contests. All that and more on Sportsrap.
Plunderphonics continues Sunday at 10 with lots of sounds you may or may not have heard before at speeds faster than the speed of light, yet slower than the speed of smell.
Finally, on the Outside Track Monday at 9, check out the new release 'Sonic Prayer Jam' by Earthless out on Gravity. Earthless were a San Diego-based heavy psych trio from the early-mid 00s who released a few different versions of a track called 'Sonic Prayer Jam' around 2005. This is a remastered live version of the original from 2007 as well as an alternate take AND a never-before released live cut that is pure fire. Members of this band were in Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Nebula and Clikitat Ikatowi. Pounding drums, thundering bass and overdriven guitars illustrate that while Earthless really brought it live.