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With their snaky rhythms, spooky harmonies and catchy licks, Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band once again takes the top spot on WEMU’s “Sweet 16” for “The Crossing”.  All of the time spent backing up R&B and soul sensation Charles Bradley has sparked a giant leap of creativity and risk-taking in this leading soul/jazz/funk band. 

Aguanko's "Elemental" Tops "Sweet Sixteen"

Jan 17, 2013
Jen Prouty

It is no surprise that "Elemental" the new CD by conguero/composer Alberto Nacif and his magnificent ensemble "Aguanko" topped WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" from January 7th through the 13th.   We will always support great regional talent along with international music figures, but Alberto Nacif means more to WEMU than just great regional talent:  he is family.  Today's "Cuban Fantasy" program on Saturdays at 7PM grew out of an interview that Alberto did with evening jazz host Michael G.

Once again, WEMU hosts and listeners realized the depth and mastery of our regional musicians by awarding the Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo, the coveted number one spot on the "Sweet 16".  This marks the fourth week in a row for that theirs was the most played CD on 89.1.  This disc deserves the distinction not just because it is music from local performers, but because it is totally original, beautifully produced and recorded with the highest audio quality.  "Casa Versailles" by Tumbao Bravo deserved national accolades and WEMU is leading the way.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 9 to April 15, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    JANIVA MAGNESS “Stronger For It” (Alligator Records)

2.    RICKY NYE   “Ricky Nye And The Paris Blues Band”  (1-2-3 Records)

3.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

4.    GREGORY PORTER  “Be Good”   (Motema Music)

5.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

6.    DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET "Love, Peace, And Soul" (Savoy Jazz)