I do an open format radio show on Radio Regent online out of Regent Park in Toronto every Friday from 5 p.m. til 7,called CORBY's ORBIT playing everymusic, so far no Death Metal or light opera but who knows?http://www.radioregent.com/
Illustration by John Kricfalusi
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Rich Brown Sounding Out For Freedom and Linda McRae Making Happy Trails
He will be playing tracks and talking about this musical watershed at 5:30 in the Orbital Airspace
``Abeng is a Twi word of the Akan people. It, the word and the concept, came from the area now known as Ghana on slave ships to Jamaica. When Africans/Akans ran off plantations, boats, or were left by Spaniard slave masters (defeated by the English) and headed for the hills, they carried the abeng in their hearts and minds. These Africans were now Maroons and fought a series of wars against the English to maintain their freedom.
The Maroons sounded the abeng as a means of communicating between Maroon villages. It was like sounding off "the British are coming, the British are coming."
Because of this, the abeng (in the form of an animal horn or a conch shell), still represents Freedom."
Linda McRae is in town with a brand new disk, Shadow Trails, highlighting her clear-sighted songwriting and action-packed soloing by producer Steve Dawson. Drummer Gary Craig makes every tune a heart-rocker.
Around 6:00. I will be playing a few tracks and talking to her live from the Folk Music Ontario conference, which is currently raging in the west end of Toronto.