DJ Spinna Takes us on a Musical Stroll down Memory Lane!

DJ Spinna is a perpetual blur of motion on trains, planes and probably even bicycles on a singular mission to bring joyously funky music to the world. This prolific DJ / Producer behind the signature parties Wonder- Full (tribute to Stevie Wonder) and Soul Slam (Michael Jackson vs Prince) slowed down for a couple hours in the WBAI studios with us to talk abut the music that influenced him as a child growing up in funk-tastic Brooklyn and play us some heavy tunes from his childhood. Join us for two hours of talk, laughs and GREAT TUNES!!!

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pops who started it all by having a great record collection!!! 

Beginnings.... guess where allowance money went??

For the love of music - a dj's dj and consummate collector!

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Afrobeat special with Femi Kuti and Wunmi on the Sweet Spot!

September is back to school month in the US, however we decided to take it back to the old school, the true school, the cradle of civilization by bringing it back to Africa! Nigeria to be exact! We chat with legendary Femi Kuti prior to his Celebrate Brooklyn show and our featured guest in the studio is the accomplished singer, musician and fashion designer Wunmi! Also in the studio we had a special visit from Haitian DJ Sabine Blazin!

BreakBeat Lou celebrates 30 years of Ultimate Breaks & Beats on the Sweet Spot!

August was hot in the studio as we welcomed DJ, Producer and co-creator (with Lenny Roberts) of the seminal music compilation series "Ultimate Breaks and Beats" Breakbeat Lou to the Sweet Spot! 

Check out our exclusive two hour intimate chat with Lou above on Mixcloud and below downloadable on Soundcloud as we discuss his long legacy in music and take a stroll through the foundation days of hip hop, house and new developments in celebration of thirty years of one of the understated but key players in modern musical history. 

Also head over to Breakbeat Lou's page here to keep up to date on all the great #UBB celebrations throughout the year! 

Thanks for Listening! 

Mr. Roy Ayers - the King of Good Vibes!

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Wow and WOW! We were BLESSED to take a two hour musical journey with the King of Good Vibes himself, jazz funk pioneer the LEGENDARY Mr. Roy Ayers!
Roy's disposition is just as sunny, warm and wonderful as his music and he brought true sunshine of the spirit to the WBAI studios!
Truly, he is a fountain of musical inspiration and had us all on cloud 9! 
The power of Roy's artistry has spanned decades and musical genres and influenced countless numbers of musicians leading him to become one of the most sampled artists of all time. 
Non stop touring at 75 years young this man is a testament to the power of music to keep you young! 

Check his tour schedule at www.royayers.com and elevate your vibration with the wonderful sensation that is this man's gift!

Celebrating Patrick Adams on St. Patrick's Day!

 

March 17th marked the date of our second broadcast and since we are not the green beer drinking type, the crew and I decided to celebrate by inviting one of the most prolific record producer, songwriter, musical arranger and musicians to the show, MR. PATRICK ADAMS! Much to our delight he accepted! AND MARCH 17TH IS HIS BIRTHDAY!!!!

If you don't know who Patrick is, you will be amazed at the amount of beautiful music this man has given to the world! He has 32 gold and platinum records and has over 1300 songs under his belt he has either written or been involved with producing. 
I have embedded a few songs Patrick was involved with here that we didn't have time to include in the interview.

Among the artists Patrick  has worked with and projects he has been involved with are  Sister Sledge, Loleatta Holloway, Main Ingredient, Shannon, Cares, Thomas &Taylor,Ace Spectrum, Inner Life, Leroy Burgess, The Spinners, Gladys Knight, Skipworth & Turner, Candi Staton, Eddie Kendricks, Herbie Mann, Debbie Taylor, Bumblebee Unlimited, Universal Robot Band, Narada Michael Walden, Rick James, Chatelaine, C# Sharp, Center Stage, Cloud One,Inner Life, Mark IV, Musique, Patrick Adams Initiative, Phreek, Rainbow Brown, Sandy's Gang, The P.A. System, The Universal Robot Band, Wish  and Bruni Pagan. In addition, Adams has worked with rap, hip-hop/R&B and dance/club acts such as Coolio, Cathy Dennis, Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, Black Ivory, R. Kelly, Eric B & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, Shades of Love and Jeanie Tracy (vocalist for Sylvester). 
He has also won numerous awards, among them ASCAP songwriter of the year. 

He is responsible for one of my favorite records of all time, the Paradise Garage version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Inner Life and engineered the epic album "Paid in Full" from Eric B. and Rakim.

I was so nervous but the interview went off without a hitch, despite both OP! and I having bronchitis, we only managed to cough up a lung off mic. We all learned a lot although I wished we had double the time to chat - what a fountain of information he was! I really hope that the young cats coming up can access some of the wealth of knowledge this man has. 

Patricks more recent tribute to Thom Bell above. Beautiful tune! 

Patrick Adams was an amazing guest and is a fascinating person and true artist. We hope you enjoy the interview. He is truly a treasure and we wish him many more of the happiest birthdays to come! 
 

The Sweet Spot crew had an incredible evening with the great Patrick Adams! Sirena Soul, OP! Baby K, Patrick Adams and Kyle McNeill.    

The Sweet Spot crew had an incredible evening with the great Patrick Adams! Sirena Soul, OP! Baby K, Patrick Adams and Kyle McNeill.