Cultural Manifesto A Cultural Manifesto, with local DJ and "NUVO" columnist Kyle Long, explores the merging of a wide spectrum of global music with the more familiar American styles of music, such as soul, hip-hop and jazz. In each episode listeners can expect to hear intriguing new sounds and styles of music from all sorts of international traditions.
Cultural Manifesto

Cultural Manifesto

From WFYI Public Radio

A Cultural Manifesto, with local DJ and "NUVO" columnist Kyle Long, explores the merging of a wide spectrum of global music with the more familiar American styles of music, such as soul, hip-hop and jazz. In each episode listeners can expect to hear intriguing new sounds and styles of music from all sorts of international traditions.

Most Recent Episodes

John Loflin

Joining Kyle Long on the show this week is John Loflin. The two discuss John's journey in music, from growing up playing country music in Fountain Square in the 1950s, to joining the first reggae band in Indianapolis during the 1980s.

Elayne Jones

On this week's show Kyle's guest is Elayne Jones, a world renown percussionist and the first Black woman in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Jones worked with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors of the 20th Century, including Leopold Stokowski and Duke Ellington.

The Watts Prophets

Host Kyle Long talks with Father Amde of the Watts Prophets, their 1971 debut release is widely regarded as the first rap album.

The Fatelics

The Fatelics

Kyle interviews guitarist Rodney Wood, and listens to the The Fatelics's demo recordings.

Legendary Women of Indianapolis Soul Music

Host Kyle Long pays tribute to some of the legendary women of Indianapolis soul music, with interviews and music from: Lois Blaine, Aretta La Marre, The Pearls, The Indy's, The Sentimentals, Debbie Nelson, Mary Brown, and Niambi Steele of 24 Carat Black.

Legendary Women of Indianapolis Soul Music

NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

This week, Kyle takes a look at the NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. Small Studio Sessions producer Melissa Davis joins the show to discuss the evolution of the WFYI's music series and its connection to the Tiny Desk contest. Kyle also airs his chat 2017 Tiny Desk winners Tank and The Bangas, and shares his interview with this month's Small Studio artist Okara Imani.

Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore of Salaam

Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore of Salaam

This week Kyle's guests are Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore of Salaam, a Middle Eastern music ensemble based in Bloomington. Kyle shares tracks from their new album Mediterranean Nights.

Indy Music in the 1920's, '30s and '40s

Indy Music in the 1920's, '30s and '40s

On this week's show host Kyle Long looks back to the 1920s, '30s and '40s to examine how Indianapolis musicians dealt with the severe economic and social problems brought on by catastrophic events like the Great depression and World War II. Kyle focuses on the music of Leroy Carr, Scrapper Blackwell, Little Bill Gaither, and Emry Arthur.

Sandy Lomax

Sandy Lomax

This week Kyle's guest is the Indianapolis jazz vocalist Sandy Lomax, who found success performing in Europe during the 1990s.

Rick Espinoza

Rick Espinoza

On this episode of Cultural Manifesto Kyle is joined by rock musician Rick Espinoza, a pioneer of Mexican-America music in Indianapolis.

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