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“For the People”

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in to 89.5FM, Tune in to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, Tuesday the 12th January, 4pm – 6pm, PST, For the People. Hear music from South Africa, the conclusion of the documentary, “Livin’ For Love: The Natalie Cole Story,” as well as more about the upcoming Musical Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Kin, Jr. There will be commentary, more music, and an humble farewell to Otis Clay. Also, there are several upcoming events which may interest you, beginning with the public libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond!). Search your library choice(s) for dates/times. The Sound Room (www.soundroom.org)–closed through Thursday the 14th–reopens on the 15th with Dahveed Behroozi; the 16th they present Sandy Cressman and Homeangem Brasileira. At Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com) Tuesday the 12th, Bay City Blues with Cris Cain and special guest, guitarist J.C. Smith; Wednesday the 13th, Terrie Odabi; Thursday the 14th, Roharpo and the Real Blues Band; Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram; and Sunday the 17th Kevin Selfe and the Toornados. For the latest happenings with the Eastside Arts Alliance, cheque out the Eastside Cultural Centre (www.eastsideartsalliance.com) or telephone them at 510.533.6629. The Freight and Salvage (www.thefreight.org) present Chuck Brodsky Tuesday the 12th; Steve Seskin, Don Henry and Craig Carothers on Wednesday the 13th; Jim Kweskin and Marilyn Axelrod with the Songcatchers on Thursday the 14th; Lucy Kaplansky on Friday the 15th, Paul Thum Band on Saturday the 16th, the Ruth Moody Band on Sunday the 17th; and the West Coast Songwriter’s Competition on Monday the 18th. Oakland’s Piedmont Piano Company (www.piedmontpiano.com) showcases Angela Lee and Marcus Pawlik on Sunday the 17th. At Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com), Tuesday the 12h and Wednesday the 13th, see Tower of Power, but only if you have tickets, as all four set are sold out; on Thursday the 14th Simon PHILLIPS’ Protocol II is presented at 8pm, followed by Dead Prez at 10pm; Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th, Sinbad appears, with three of four performances already sold out; both set for Black Violin on Sunday the 17th are sold out; and The Stu Hamm Band appear Monday the 18th. Listen in for ticket giveaways. That and more, Tuesday the 12th January, 4pm – 6pm, PST, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, and throughout cyberspace, www.kpoo.com, produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com.

“For the People”

Posted on: January 4th, 2016 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), Tuesday the 5th January, 4pm – 6pm, PST, “For the People.” Hear music from ‘Africa’, an interview with prolific guitarist and Berkeley native Alex Skolnick, a conversation with Denise Smith regarding home ownership possibilities—including for the (very) low income. There will be commentary, more music, and an humble farewell to Natalie Cole. Also, there are several upcoming events which may interest you, beginning with the public libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond!). Search your library choice(s) for dates/times, as most (if not all) of these event are free to the public. At Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com) Thursday the 7th, experience Alvon; Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th, The Joe Crown Trio; and Jules Leyhe Sunday the 10th. For the latest happenings with the Eastside Arts Alliance, cheque out the Eastside Cultural Centre (www.eastsideartsalliance.com) or telephone them at 510.533.6629. The Freight and Salvage (www.thefreight.org) present the Freight Open Mic on Tuesday the 5th; the Moth Story Slam Wednesday the 6th; Jill Knight with Pam Delgado, Jeri Jones and Rob Strom of Blaine Sally on Thursday the 7th; John McCutchson on Friday the 8th; The Okee Doke Brothers on Friday the 8th; The Okee Doke Brothers on Saturday the 9th; Rita Hosking on Sunday the 10th; and the Mozart Birthday Celebration on Monday the 11th. The Jewish Community Centre of San Francisco (www.jccsf.org) has ongoing programming, including the highly anticipated appearance by journalist Ariana Huffington. Oakland’s Piedmont Piano Company (www.piedmontpiano.com) showcases Lavay Smith Saturday the 9th, followed by Monica Chew and Janice Lee on Sunday the 10th. At Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com), Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th, see the Stylistics; on Thursday the 7th celebrate the latest release by Mike Blankenship; and Friday the 8th through Sunday the 10th, you may be lucky enough to find a ticket to cheque one of the many true legends of the Bay Area: Tower of Power. Hear about many of these and more, tuning in Tuesday the 5th January, 4pm – 6pm, PST, on 89.5FM, K POO, San Francisco, and throughout cyberspace, www.kpoo.com, produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com.

“For the People”

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in to KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), Tuesday the 1st December, 2015, 4pm – 6pm, PST, “For the People,” with music from Manu Dibango (www.manudibango.com). ). Jerome Leonard makes an encore appearance in-studio for conversation about his novel: Through the Chauffer’s Eyes. Another author, Jamie Bianchini, joins us to discuss his latest book about a one man’s adventure around the world in search of love, compassion and connection: A Bicycle Built for Two Billion. Bay Area events for the first week of December include Victoria Theodore at Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com), Tuesday the 1st; George Cole and Holiday Friends on Wednesday he 2nd; Anna Nalick on Thursday the 3rd; Kindred the Family Soul on Friday the 4th; Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Saturday through Sunday, the 5th – 7th at 8pm; The CTFU Comedy Night on Saturday, the 5th at 9.30pm; and the Robert Cray Band on Monday the 8th. Visit Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com) Tuesday the 1st, for Chris Cain and Bay City Blues, with guitarist Sammy Varela; Wednesday the 2nd with Howell Devine; Thursday the 3rd with Terrie Odabi; Friday and Saturday the 4th and 5th with Selwyn Birchwood; and Sunday the 6th with the Rex Marshall Band. Do remember free, informational, educational and fun events at various Bay Area public libraries. The Jewish Community Centre of San Francisco (www.jccsf.org) have ongoing programing of interest, including the Comedy Jam with Dan Romeo on Friday the 4th December. Notable birthdays include Director Woody Allen, who has gone 80, drummer John Densmore who has gone 71, Bette Midler, who has made 70, Lee Trevino who has made 76, as well as soul singer Lou Rawls and Actor Richard Pryor. The GLIDE Love Jam Gala (www.glide.org) happens Thursday the 3rd December at the Warfield–not to be missed, see. And get ready for Merle Haggard (www.merlehaggard.com), appearing at the Oakland Paramount Friday the 4th December. Today’s programme is dedicated in memory of Cynthia Robinson. Hear about that and more, along with ticket giveaways, see, Tuesday the 1st December, 4pm – 6pm, PST, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco, “For the People,” produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com).

:For the People”

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 22nd September, 4pm-6pm, PDT, to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People,” with music from South Africa; commentary from Prison Radio (www.prisonradio.org); in-studio guest Lisa Mezzacappa (www.lisamezacappa.com), talking about her upcoming performance at the Brava Theatre (www.thebrava.org); Jinho ‘Piper’ Ferreira discussing his riveting one-man show, “Cops & Robbers;” a conversation about the upcoming Bay Area Vibez Festival 2015 (www.bayareavibez.com), with in-studio guest, Alreca Smith; and poetry from Jessica Care Moore (www.jessicacaremoore.com). “For the People” again pays homage to one of music’s best: Augusta Lee Collins. And the programme concludes with a salute to the undisputed King of Juju, Sunday Adeniyi—King Sunny Ade. Do remember upcoming events for the week, including a variety of activities/events at the SF Public Library (www.sfpl.org), as well the Oakland Public Library (www.oaklandlibrary.org). The Bay City Blues raps up a month of Tuesday’s with Chris Cain, featuring Gary Smith on harmonica Tuesday the 22nd, at Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason Street, San Francisco (www.biscuitsandblues.com), followed by Howell Devine on Wednesday the 23rd, the Shane Dwight Band on Thursday the 24th, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on Friday the 25th, Earl Thomas on Saturday the 26th, and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats on Sunday the 27th. At Yoshi’s (510 The Embarcadero, in Oakland’s Jack London Square), cheque Justin Hayward Tuesday the 22nd, Monty Alexander along with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton on Wednesday the 23rd, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers on Thursday the 24th and Friday the 25th, La Clinica All That Jazz (& Sushi) on Saturday, the 26th, Chuchito Valdez followed by Doyle Bramhall II on Sunday the 27th, and Emily Bear on Monday the 28th. The Jewish Community Centre of San Francisco (www.jccsf.org), continue to present Arts & Ideas, with a host of presenters. Get ready for the next San Francisco Symphony season, including the opening gala on Thursday the 24th (www.sfsymphony.org). KPOO continues to honour the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us). The McClymonds Centennial was a spectacular success, honouring many alumni, including class of 1933 graduate, Inez Gray. She was born the same year as McClymonds–1915. Like McClymonds High School, Mrs. Inez Gray-Harvey is 100. Wow! Other notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; John Handy, alto saxophonist, arranger, composer, consummate world musician and educator; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicked off Friday the 24th July at E One Entertainment, 200 Hegenberger Road, for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance was held Saturday the 25th July at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th July, there was a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. By the way, Augusta Lee Collins is an alum of McClymonds High School, see. Listen in, Tuesday the 22nd September, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), for this and more. For the People. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com).

“For the People”

Posted on: September 15th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 15th September, 4pm-6pm, PDT, to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People,” with yet more music from Cameroon; commentary from Prison Radio (www.prisonradio.org); a conversation about the upcoming Bay Area Vibez Festival 2015 (www.bayareavibez.com), with in-studio guest, Chad Harper (www.hiphopsaveslives.org); and poetry from Jessica Care Moore (www.jessicacaremoore.com). “For the People” bids farewell to Bay Area Blues great, Augusta Lee Collins. Do remember upcoming events for the week, including a variety of activities/events at the SF Public Library (www.sfpl.org), as well the Oakland Public Library (www.oaklandlibrary.org). The Bay City Blues with Chris Cain, features Nancy Wright Tuesday the 15th, at Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason Street, San Francisco, followed by the Steepwater on Wednesday the 16th, Johnny Vernazza with special guest Annie Sampson on Thursday the 17th, a CD release celebration with Bay Area Treasure and international icon, Joe Louis Walker on Friday the 18th, the Karen Lovely Band on Saturday the 19th, and the Kyle Rowland Blues Band on Sunday the 20th. At Yoshi’s (510 The Embarcadero, in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Nicolas Bearde and Nat Adderly, Jr, offer up a CD preview Tuesday the 15th, Carl Verheven on Wednesday the 16th, the Tommy Grove Conspiracy on Thursday the 17th, K’Jon on Friday the 18th, Rahsaan Patterson on Saturday, the 19th, and Josh Vietti on Sunday the 20th, and Kyle Eastwood on Monday the 21st. The Jewish Community Centre of San Francisco (www.jccsf.org), presents another interesting season of Arts & Ideas, with a host of presenters. Get ready for the next San Francisco Symphony season, including the opening gala on Thursday the 24th (www.sfsymphony.org). The 58th Annual Monterrey Jazz Festival (www.monterreyjazzfestival.org) get under way later this week. KPOO continues to honour the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us). The McClymonds Centennial was a spectacular success, honouring many alumni, including class of 1933 graduate, Inez Gray. She was born the same year as McClymonds–1915. Like McClymonds High School, Mrs. Inez Gray-Harvey is 100. Wow! Other notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; John Handy, alto saxophonist, arranger, composer, consummate world musician and educator; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicked off Friday the 24th July at E One Entertainment, 200 Hegenberger Road, for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance was held Saturday the 25th July at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th July, there was a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. Listen in, Tuesday the 15th September, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People.” Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com.

“For the People”

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 18th August, 4pm-6pm, PDT, to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People,” with music from Mali. Then, Director John Fisher joins us in-studio to discuss “Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story,” which currently appears at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco (www.therhino.org). Help us highlight the Record Company and their 2013 CD, Feels So Good (www.therecordcompany.net). We remember the birthday of National Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Roberto Clemente (18 August 1934 – 31 December 1972). Also, we celebrate the life of political prisoner, Hugo Yogi Bear Pinell, who was senselessly murdered last week. And, KPOO continues to honour the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us). The McClymonds Centennial was a spectacular success, honouring many alumni, including class of 1933 graduate, Inez Gray. She was born the same year as McClymonds–1915. Like McClymonds High School, Mrs. Inez Gray-Harvey is 100. Wow! Other notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; John Handy, alto saxophonist, arranger, composer, consummate world musician and educator; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicked off Friday the 24th July at E One Entertainment, 200 Hegenberger Road, for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance was held Saturday the 25th July at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th July, there was a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. Bay Area events for the coming week include the 6th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala (www.glide.org) at the Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness, San Francisco. Bay City Blues with Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s, featuring special guest Alvon, on Tuesday the 18th August, at Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com)m, followed by Hamilton Loomis on Wednesday the 19th and Thursday the 20th, Alvon on Friday the 21st, Paula Harris on Saturday the 22nd, and Jules Leyne on Sunday the 23rd. At Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com), if you already have tickets for this sold out show, you can cheque Leon Russell on Tuesday the 18th. Abbey Road appears on Wednesday the 19th, Richie Furay on Thursday the 20th, and Musiq Soulchild, Friday the 21st through Monday the 24th August. The Jewish Community Centre of San Francisco (www.jccsf.org), has embarked upon another interesting season of Arts & Ideas, with a host of presenters. Get ready for the next San Francisco Symphony season, including the opening gala on Thursday the 24th September (www.sfsymphony.org). Further, keep listening for more about the 2015 – 2016 season at SF Jazz (www.sfjazz.org). Wow! Hear about that and more, Tuesday the 18th August, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), For the People. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com), with special thanks to Mary Jean Roberts, host of Voices of the Native Nation, regarding the special on the Seventh Generation; Mary Ratcliff, editor of the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper (www.sfbayview.com), for audio links regarding Hugo Pinell, and John Fisher for joining us in-studio regarding the ongoing performance of “Breaking the Code: The Alan Turing Story.”

“For the People”

Posted on: August 10th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 11th August, 4pm-6pm, PDT, to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), as “For the People” celebrates the music of Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba. Hear a live performance and conversation with Brass Magic (www.brassmagic.com), who are about to perform on the 13th August at SF Jazz Centre (www.sfjazz.org), along with a host of other artists, including Los Van Van (www.havana-cultura.com/los-van-van). We remember the birthday of prolific autobiographer, Alex Haley (www.alexhaleymuseum.org). Also, KPOO continues to honour the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us). The McClymonds Centennial was a spectacular success, honouring many alumni, including class of 1933 graduate, Inez Gray. She was born the same year as McClymonds–1915. Like McClymonds High School, Mrs. Inez Gray-Harvey is 100. Wow! Other notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; John Handy, alto saxophonist, arranger, composer, consummate world musician and educator; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicked off Friday the 24th July at E One Entertainment, 200 Hegenberger Road, for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance was held Saturday the 25th July at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th July, there was a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. Bay Area events for the coming week include Alvon on Tuesday the 11th August, at Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com)m, followed by James Armstrong on Wednesday the 12th, the Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute on Thursday the 13th, The Bay Area All Stars with Chris Cain on Saturday the 15th, and the John Garcia Band on Sunday the 16th. At Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com), you can cheque Marc Cohn on Tuesday the 11th, the Tommy Igoe Grove Conspiracy on Wednesday the 12th, Jessy J and a second set with Left University on Thursday the 13th, Jon B on Friday the 14th, Jim Brickman as well as a separate set with Lagos Roots on Saturday the 15th, a Sunday matinee with Steve Sage, followed by an evening with Keiko Matsui on the 16th, and Leon Russell on Monday the 17th. At Stern Grove, (www.sterngrove.org), the 78th annual free season of concerts concludes Sunday the 16th August with Talib Kweli (www.talibkweli.com) and Zakiya Harris (www.zakiyaharris.com). Whoa! That and more, Tuesday the 11th August, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People”. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com), with special thanks to Michael Yoshida for engineering the performance with Brass Magic.

“For the People”

Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 4th August, 4pm-6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), as “For the People” begins with Garifuna music by Aurelio (www.aureliomusic.net), who performs this week at the SF Jazz Centre (www.sfjazz.org). Stay tuned for ticket giveaways! Hear a conversation with Bruce Labadie, Artistic and Festival Director of Summerfest San Jose Jazz Festival (http://summerfest.sanjosejazz.org). We remember the birthday of the incredible Louis Armstrong (4 August 1901), as well as the passing of two music giants: Little Milton (4 August 2005), and Leroy Vinnegar (3 August 1999). Also, KPOO continues to honour the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us). The McClymonds Centennial was a spectacular success, honouring many alumni, including class of 1933 graduate, Inez Gray. She was born the same year as McClymonds–1915. Like McClymonds High School, Mrs. Inez Gray-Harvey is 100. Wow! Other notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; John Handy, alto saxophonist, arranger, composer, consummate world musician and educator; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicked off Friday the 24th July at E One Entertainment, 200 Hegenberger Road, for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance was held Saturday the 25th July at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th July, there was a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in West Oakland. Bay Area events for the coming week include Scott Holt on Tuesday the 4th August, at Biscuits and Blues (www.biscuitsandblues.com), followed by the Elvin Bishop s Big Fun Trio on Wednesday the 5th, Two Tone Steiny & the Cadilacs on Thursday the 6th, Davina & the Vagabonds on Friday the 7th, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on Saturday the 8th, Guitar Shorty on Sunday the 9th, and Alvon on Tuesday the 11th August. At Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com), you can cheque Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra Tuesday the 4th August, followed by Tommy Igoe Grove Conspiracy on Wednesday the 5th, Luke James on Thursday the 6th, Rick Steven and Love Power on Friday the 7th, as well as a separate set featuring Khoree the Poet on Friday the 7th, John Pizzarelli on Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, and Malina Moye on Monday the 10th. At Stern Grove, (www.sterngrove.org), the 78th annual free season of concerts continues Sunday the 9th August with Morris Day and the Time, funking it up, see. Whoa! Hear more music from “Into the Wild Blue,” the latest release from award-winning slide guitarist, Roy Rogers (www.royrogers.com), who performs later this week in the Bay Area, including at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on Wednesday the 5th, the Great American Music Hall on Friday the 7th and at the Maritime Academy in Vallejo on Saturday the 8th. Stay tuned for ticket and CD giveaways, see! “For the People” also bigs up composer, keyboardist and singer Lady Bianca (www.ladybianca.com), whose birthday is Saturday the 8th August. That and more, Tuesday the 4th August, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People”. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com).

“For the People”

Posted on: July 21st, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in Tuesday the 21st July, 4pm 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), to hear noted author Edwidge Danticat, who read and spoke at Revolution Books (www.revolutionbooks.org) in Berkeley on the 5th July. Laugh with us, on what would have been the 64th birthday of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Join us in celebrating the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on the 26th July 1990. KPOO honours the 100-year legacy of Oakland’s McClymonds High School (http://mcclymonds.ousd.k12.ca.us. Notable McClymonds High School alumni include: Vince Albritton, former NFL safety; Odis Allison, NBA player; Antonio Davis, NBA player; Ron Dellums, former U. S. Congressman and former mayor of Oakland; Joe Ellis, NBA player; Curt Flood, MLB player; MC Hammer, Grammy-winning rapper; Wendell Hayes, former NFL running back; Jim Hines, Olympic gold medalist, 100 metres dash record- holder, and the first man to break the 10-second barrier; Leondaus “Lee” Lacy, MLB player and two-time World Series Champion; Dante Marsh, CFL cornerback for the BC Lions; Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, one of the greatest street basketball players; Vada Pinson, MLB player; Aaron Pointer, MLB player and NFL referee; Curt Roberts, the first African American fielded by the Pittsburgh Pirates; Frank Robinson, MLB player, Hall of Famer, and only MLB player to win Most Valuable Player Award in both leagues; Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Famer, 11-time NBA Champion (most championships by a player in NBA history); Roy Shivers, former NFL running back; Paul Silas, NBA player and coach; Brandon Smith, CFL player for the Calgary Stampeders; Nate Williams, NBA player; Lionel Wilson, former mayor of Oakland, and first African American mayor of Oakland; Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the Cincinnati Reds; Nicholas Petris, California state senator; Willie Tasby, MLB player; and Michael White, jazz violinist. The 100 year celebration of McClymonds kicks off Friday the 24th July at 200 Hegenberger for a meet and greet. A ticketed banquet dinner/dance will be held Saturday the 25th at the Sequoyah Country Club. On Sunday the 26th, njoy a church event at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1203 Willow, Oakland. Other events for the week include the San Francisco Symphony: Sheena Easton singing music from James Bond and other Spy Films (no film clips during the concert, see), Thursday July 23rd at Davies Symphony Hall (www.sfsymphony.org/summer); music by Russian Composers Friday the 24th July at Davies; and the SF Symphony performs Classical Mystery Tour–A Tribute to the Beatles, Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th July, which concludes the SF Symphony’s Summer with the Symphony Concerts. The SF Ballet perform a free concert Sunday the 26th July at Stern Grove (www.sterngrove.org). Ron Thompson, the John Garcia Band, Big Jon Atkinson, the Delta Wires, Earl Thomas and the Chase Walker Band are all at Biscuits and Blues during the week (www.biscuitsandblues.com). Yoshi’s (www.yoshis.com) features the Michael Landau Group with special guest Kirk Fletcher (tonight); Tommy Igoe Grove Conspiracy (tomorrow); Makana (23 July); the Cab Calloway Orchestra (24 July); the 10,000 Maniacs and CTFU Comedy Night (25 July); Cubbanismo (26 July); Hamish Anderson (27 July); as well as Grupo Falso Baiano and Wote Ensemble (28 July). Hear more music from the latest release, Into the Wild Blue, by award-winning slide guitarist, Roy Rogers (www.royrogers.com). President of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Dr. Maxine Hickman (www.ncbwsf.org), and Edwin Ramirez, Re-entry Navigator, Career Services at Goodwill Industries (www.sfgoodwill.org), discuss supporting the Workforce Programme at the Goodwill Industries. Hear that and more, Tuesday the 21st July, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), For the People. Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi, with special thanks to Noel Juan for providing the audio feed for Edwidge Danticat.

“For the People”

Posted on: July 6th, 2015 by Safi wa Nairobi
Tune in to 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), Tuesday the 7th July, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, “For the People.” Hear music from Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com), recorded with the Orchestre Phiharmonique du Luxembourg. We remember “Big Time Sarah” and get ready for another Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival coming up this weekend (www.hipwayblues.net). Bay Area Treasure Lady Bianca (www.ladybianca.com) performs live, recorded for the Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists (B.A.J.A.B.A.) Showcase, hosted by Afrikahn Jamal Dayvs (https://jzl1.wordpress.com). Finally getting back to more from the Left Forum Conference held in May in NYC (www.leftforum.org). Also, multiple Grammy Awardee, Angelique Kidjo (www.kidjo.com), joins us in conversation as we prepare for her welcomed return to San Francisco, this time for her orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony, as well as the USA premiere of “Ife” (which means love): three Yoruba songs for Orchestra, written by award-winning composer, Phillip Glass (www.phillipglass.com). Angelique Kidjo’s historic performance at Davies Symphony Hall on Friday the 10th July is part of the San Francisco Symphony’s “Summer with the Symphony Concerts” (www.sfsymphony.org). Hear that and more, Tuesday, the 7th July, 4pm – 6pm, PDT, on 89.5FM, KPOO, San Francisco (www.kpoo.com), “For the People.” Produced and hosted by Safi wa Nairobi (safi@kpoo.com), with special thanks to Afrikahn Jamal Davys and Mickey Mayzes–Miss M.