Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Katrina’

the 5-year perspective

September 3, 2010

Clarinetist/scholar Dr. Michael White lost everything he owned in the flooding that followed the landfall of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Five years on, what’s happening in New Orleans now? And what have we learned?

These images (below) go further here than any words can to describe the scope of the city’s post-hurricane devastation and the very personal effect it had on every resident.

“The Big Easy” is charmingly famous for its slow, laid-back lifestyle. Unfortunately that pace has also characterized the rebuilding capacity and relief efforts in the city, where 2/3 of the population has now returned but they are living in neighborhoods that have no grocery stores, schools, or hospitals.  Here’s what Dr. White has to say about his NOLA:

(Dr. Michael White’s new recording – Blue Crescent – is a tribute to his native New Orleans.)

beyond katrina

August 30, 2010

This week on World of Music we’ll hear the latest release from guitarist/singer Oswin Chin Behilia. He’s 72 this year, with a career that’s spanned the better part of the last 5 decades.

Behilia’s new recording – Liber – musically documents the social and political life of his native Curaçao, in particular the island’s uneasy relationship as a territory of the Netherlands.

We’re off to the Antilles this week with Behilia, and also pausing to remember the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall along the Gulf Coast with a lot of jazzy sounds from New Orleans.

World of Music is an expansive, winding delta of blues, poetry, jazz, and international music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator. Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

playlist #80 (8/31/2009) – remembering katrina

August 31, 2009


World of Music
Pgm #80 – Four years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a tribute to the people of the Gulf Coast and their incredible spirit
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Marva Wright: Katrina Blues /After the Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Aaron Neville: Louisiana 1927 / Warm Your Heart / A&M Records 75021 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers / Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like the Rivers / Rhino Word Beat 78012 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band: Deep River / Deep River: The Spirit of Gospel Music in Jazz / Riverwalk Jazz Volume III – (SAN ANTONIO, TX)
Eddie Bo: Hard Times / City of Dreams / Rounder 2196 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Kermit Ruffins: Treme Second Line (Blow da Whistle) / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Mahalia Jackson: Didn’t It Rain? / The Best of Mahalia Jackson / Columbia 66911 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Lorette Velvette: Get Right Church / Goin’ Down South / Inside Memphis 510 – (MEMPHIS, TN)
Devin Phillips: Wade in the Water / Wade in the Water / 2006 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Los Hombres Calientes (Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers): Vodou Hoodoo Babalu / Vol. 4 / Basin Street Records 204 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Allen Toussaint: Hang Tough / Crescent City Gold / High Street Records 10324 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Buckwheat Zydeco: On a Night Like This / Legends of New Orleans / Blue Marble Music 2 – (N’AWLINS)
Katie Webster: Love Deluxe / Two-Fisted Mama / Alligator 4777 – (HOUSTON, TX)
Al Reed: Drops of Rain / The Genius of Dave Bartholomew / EMI 80184 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Buddy Guy: Feels Like Rain / Feels Like Rain / Silvertone Records 41498 – (LETTSWORTH, LA)
Madison’s Lively Stones: It’s Time to Make a Change / Saints’ Paradise / Smithsonian Folkways 40117 – (NEW BEDFORD, MA)
The Neville Brothers: My Blood / Yellow Moon / A&M Records 5240 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Russell Batiste, Jr. & the Orkestra from Da Hood: Wham! / The Clinic / 2003 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Gumbo: Alligator / Never Tell Me To Quit / Wild Rose 2009 – (N’AWLINS, LA) *NEW*
George Lewis: Ice Cream / Trios & Bands / American Music 4 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
The Meters: Jambalaya / Good Old Funky Music / Rounder 2104 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Black Kold Madina: Trouble the Water / Trouble the Water / BKM 1 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Joe KK and Zydeco Force: Hoochie Coochie / Zydeco / Putumayo 160 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Dr. John: Litenin’ / Creole Moon / Blue Note Records 34591 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Me Like It Like That / The New Orleans Album / Columbia 45414 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Los Vecinos: Alegria Bomba Es / P’Aqui, P’Alla / Category Seven Records 82 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Kermit Ruffins: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams / Kermit Ruffins / Putumayo 233 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Jelly Roll Morton: Smilin’ the Blues Away / Members Edition / TKO Records 30842 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Louis Armstrong: That’s My Home / Blueberry Hill / Milan 35617 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
The Blind Boys of Alabama w/the Hot 8 Brass Band: I’ll Fly Away / Down in New Orleans / Time Life 9548 – (N’AWLINS, LA)
Kings of Harmony: When the Saints Go Marching In / Saints’ Paradise / Smithsonian Folkways 40117 – (NEW BEDFORD, MA)

remembering katrina

August 30, 2009
New Orleans hurricane memorial

New Orleans hurricane memorial (unattributed photo from

This week’s World of Music is dedicated to the people of the Gulf Coast, as we remember the 4th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita making landfall in the last week of August, 2005.

Some things have improved since then. Many – too many – have not.

The incredible positivity and spirit of the people who live along the Gulf Coast have remarkably remained strong through it all, from the storms through the horrific aftermath. We’ll honor them with the wealth of music native to the region. Hip-hop artist Black Kold Madina will be there, you may have seen her incredible story as told in the award-winning documentary, Trouble the Water – along with classic sounds from Louis Armstrong, the Nevilles, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. We’re knee deep in the Big Easy this week.

Wear your beads, bring an appetite and some gator repellent, and get ready to get down.

World of Music is blues, jazz, poetry and roots tunes. Every Monday on the Radiator from 3-5pm ET: online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

playlist #79 (8/24/2009) – mixin’ it up

August 24, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #79 – Mixin’ it Up: a cross-continental road trip
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / – (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Baloji: A l’heure d’étè (“At the summer hour”) / Kinshasa Succursale / EMI Belgium 2009 – (CONGO / BELGIUM) *NEW*
Maryem Tollar: Baghdad 1258 / Book of Life / Toronto Arts Council 8 – (EGYPT / CANADA)
Miguel Gil: Katà / Katà / Galileo Music 5 – (SPAIN)
Manou Gallo: Chanter l’amour (“Love song”) / Manou Gallo / Zig Zag World 1 – (IVORY COAST)
Brian Blade: Get There / Mama Rosa / Verve Forecast 12613 – (USA) *NEW*
Alejandra Robles: La Bruja (“the witch”) / La Morena / Alejandra Robles 2008 – (MEXICO)
Akeïkoi: Midjo Peya / Akeïko from Connexion / Hors-Normes 2002 – (IVORY COAST / FRANCE)
Umalali: Hattie / Umalali: The Garifuna Women’s Collective / Cumbancha 6 – (BELIZE)
Marva Wright: The Levee is Breaking Down / After the Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS) * next week’s show dedicated to the people of the Gulf Coast, in memory of the 4th anniversary of the landfall of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita *
Mosquitos: Flood / Sunshine Barato / Bar-None Records 162 – (USA)
The Idan Raichel Project (feautring Anat Ben Hamo): Mai Nahar (“River Waters”) / Within My Walls / Cumbancha 10 – (ISRAEL)
Los Mirlos (The Birds): La Danza de Los Mirlos / The Roots of Chicha / Barbès Records 16 – (PERU)
Hazmat Modine: Yesterday Morning (on Gershwin’s “Summertime”) / The Womexizer 2007 / WOMEX 7 – (USA)
Nikki Giovanni: Seduction-Kidnap Poem / The Way I Feel / Collectables 6507 – (USA)
Mamer: Proverbs / Eagle / Real World 884108 – (CHINA) *NEW*
Agnese Manganaro: Ferma e Piccola / Mille Petali / IRMA Records 846 – (ITALY) *NEW*
Abou Chihabi: Lewo! Lewo! (“Today, today!”) / Folkomor Ocean / PlayaSound 65188 – (COMOROS ISLANDS)
Los Van Van: Nosotros los del Caribe / The Best of Los Van Van / Milan Latino 35799 – (CUBA)
Jozi Lucka: Já é Tarde / Intacta / JZ 1 – (BRAZIL)
Nortec Collective: Tijuana Makes Me Happy / Tijuana Sessions vol. 3 / Nacional 63747 – (USA)
Yassoupha Sidibe: Serigne Amdi Moustapha Fall / Xelkom / (self-produced) 2008 – (SENEGAL)
Laura López Castro & Don Philippe: Acabou Chorare / Inventan el Ser Feliz / NESOLA 2007 – (SPAIN / GERMANY)
Aurelio Martinez: Dügü / Garifuna Soul / Stonetree 26 – (BELIZE)
Rupa & the Aprilfishes: Ç’est pas de l’amour (“This can’t be love”) / extraordinary rendition / Cumbancha 7 – (USA)
Sarazino: People / Ya Foy! / Cumbancha Discovery 13 – (AFRICA / ECUADOR) * NEW – being released tomorrow! *


May 17, 2009

Black Kold MadinaWhen Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Kimberly Rivers Roberts and her husband, cat, dog, and several other family members rode out the storm in the attic of their home. Kim filmed it, and the whole story was told in last year’s incredibly powerful documentary Trouble the Water. Kim is also a singer, and her hip-hop debut came out recently under the pseudonym “Black Kold Madina”. We’ll give a listen to it this week on World of Music, along with a bunch of new releases from all over, including Egypt, Spain, Tanzania, Argentina, and China! Listen to “World of Music” online (Mondays, 3-5pm EDT) or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

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