Thank you all for attending our Fall Concert last Thursday! Another special thanks to our performers: Lady Ann, International Women in Reggae, Yasser Tejeda & Palotre, Duendita, and WKCR's own Vaughn and Hermann; and thank you especially to American Head Elisabetta Diorio and Latin Head Julia Rocha for spearheading the organization of this wonderful event!
For photos from the concert, click here.
We are so excited to announce WKCR’s Fall concert, showcasing music across genres and generations. The concert will be held on Columbia’s historic Butler Lawns, September 19th from 6-9pm. The concert is an exciting opportunity for WKCR’s most important communities to come together in the same space: the Columbia campus community and the NYC music communities that the station has deep ties to. As a non-commercial radio station, WKCR is in a unique position to broadcast music that does not play on mainstream radio. It is as much committed to history as it is to current events and evolving musical scenes; balancing an emphasis on connecting with emerging local musicians and creating space for music traditions of all kinds. In this concert we hope to present a line up that will reflect WKCR’s profound connection to NYC’s musical landscape in a way that is exciting to the music-loving college crowd at Columbia. The eclectic nature of our lineup provides the opportunity to engage with a large breadth of music and explore the varied musical traditions that have make up WKCR.
Lady Ann- While the Jamaican dancehall scene has traditionally been a male-dominated space, Lady Ann amongst other contemporaries like Sister Nancy was among the first to break through the sound system’s glass ceiling. Between, 1981-1982, Lady Ann enjoyed her biggest commercial success up to that date with her song Informer, produced by the legendary Joe Gibbs. This song stormed up the local charts, with the song Informer going to #1 single, and the Informer LP going to #1 album in Jamaica. This was history in the making, as Lady Ann was the first female DJ to have a #1 single, as well as the first to have a #1 album.
International Women in Reggae- An All Female Reggae Band bringing music and female empowerment to New York, New England and beyond!
Yasser Tejeda & Palotre is an infectiously rhythmic and cutting-edge group originating in Dominican Republic and now based in NY. This unique group is a leading quartet in the emerging Afro-Dominican Jazz genre. Influenced by and infused with the edginess of Rock, the harmonic complexities of Jazz and the rhythms of Dominican music, the group is making folkloric music refreshing and more accessible. The arrangements also serve as a platform to express the musical diversity that is found in Dominican Republic.Palotré's debut album Mezclansa (2009) was dubbed one of the "100 essential recordings of Dominican music" by Dominican Republic's Association of Art Writers (Acroarte).
Duendita is an emerging soul artist from Queens, New York. Her work is guided by her spirituality and a love for the human experience. duendita has been featured by numerous outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, GirlBoss, The Fader, Variety, and more. Her debut EP, “direct line to My Creator” was released in 2018 to critical acclaim.
WKCR DJs Vaughn and Hermann, will also be spinning Reggae and Salsa tunes between sets.