Category Archives: MFM Podcast

MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP 43: Hubert Howe on Finding Your Own Voice

“You have to take yourself seriously and find your own voice.”

In this episode of the MFM Speaks Out podcast, Dawoud Kringle interviews NY’s composer and music educator Hubert Howe.

The topics discussed include studying composition at Princeton under people like Milton Babbitt and J.K. Randall, his opinions of Karlheinz Stockhausen, becoming a Professor of Music and Director of the Electronic Music studios at Queens College in New York and Julliard, his involvement with the New York Composer’s Circle, how electronic music was and is accepted in the classical music world, his thoughts about the influence of electronics on American popular music, such as Progressive Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, and composers and improvisers like Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, or Miles Davis.

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MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP 41 and EP 42: Bruce Lee Gallanter and Jeff Slatnick

“I find Joy in Discovery All the Time!” – Bruce Gallanter

In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews Bruce Lee Gallanter, the owner and proprietor of Downtown Music Gallery.

“I Like the Power of the Simple Expression of a Musical Idea.” – Jeff Slatnick

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William Parker

MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP40: William Parker on the Spiritual Essence of Music and Improvisation

William Parker“Music is Defined as Anything that is Beautiful, and What Makes Something Beautiful is Music”

In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews William Parker; bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, performer, and music educator.

Topics discussed:

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MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP 39: Baba Don Eaton On African Drumming and His Harlem Roots

You Gotta Make Them Say ‘Wow!’

Baba Don EatonOur guest for this episode of MFM Speaks Out is Baba Don Eaton Babatunde. He is a percussionist and master of African drumming and the rhythms of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

Baba Don has performed and recorded with Abidun Oyewole and The Last Poets, Pattie Labelle, Joe Henderson, Donald Brown, Jason Linder, Tyrone Jefferson, Tevin Thomas, James Spaulding, Ron CarterGeorge Clinton, Pharaoh Sanders, the Metropolitan Orchestra, Bill Laswell, and Philycia Rashad to name a few.

His work with dance companies and choreographers includes The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Maurice Hines, Gregory Hines, Andy Williams, Chuck Davis Dance theatre, Frank Hatchet, Geoffrey Holder, Louis Johnson, and Pyramid Dance Company.

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Banning Eyre

MFM “SPEAKS OUT” Podcast EP 38: Banning Eyre on Expanding Our Conception of the Guitar in Africa

Recognizing yourself in (this music) or finding a mysterious familiarity is something completely unexplainable.”

Banning EyreOur guest for this episode is Banning Eyre. Banning Eyre is a writer, guitarist and producer, and the senior editor and producer of the public radio program Afropop Worldwide.  He has traveled and done music research in over 20 African countries, as well as in the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

His latest initiative is the launch of Lion Songs Records, an independent label dedicated to uplifting overlooked, mostly acoustic music from the African universe. June 2021 sees the release of Boubacar “Badian” Diabate’s Mande Guitar, a showcase recording of finger-style Malian guitar.

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