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WHERE WE INTRODUCE YOU TO THE VOICES BEHIND KISL'S LIVE RADIO PROGRAM- MING. This week: A world of influ- once. Tuesday night from 8 to 10 p.m. KISL becomes a funnel of music from the.continent of Africa. The African Nomad guides us on an audible journey of the music that crosses Continents, culture, and tradition. ,We tracked down Pete Dixon, host of The African No- mad Show to find out more about his interests. KISL: How did you find your musical interest in Africa? er, and it comes out in the music. When you start to listen to it and understand the nuances that is fas- cinating to me. After spending a little time there it makes you want to experience and learn more. KISL: What can your listeners expect in a typical show? Pete: It is a blend of traditional and contemporary African music. Lately I've been playing a lot more electronica and other styles that sample West and South African influences. Artists like Santigold and a lot of hip hop are drawing from these African styles. Music is so universal at this point, you have to embrace all these different styles and find common grounds. If you hear something for the first time, listen to it again, and see if you can appreciate it. That is the goal of the African Nomad pro+ gram, to appreciate diversity. Pete: When I was young I used to go to concerts at the World Beat Cultural Center, thanks to my older brother. That started my Peter Dixon during his African interest and it stuck with me. The more I learned about world music KISL: What are some influ- the more I understood how the ences in African mtisic today? dance style from Angola that has roots of African music inspired a found its way into reggaeton and lot of American music. I've always Pete: it'is interesting how the latin music. Don @mar has sam- gravitated to artists like All Farka music is responding to the inde- pledthese. Akon, who was born Toure, and Sam Cooke and Taj pendence movements in Africa. in West Africa and raised in the Mahal. These artists owe some of The rap and hip hop music is in- states now plays with mega stars, their inspiration to traditional Af- forming a lot of political activism, but recognizes his roots, his father rican music. It is one of the most successful was a traditional musician. That ways people have to communi-sort of stuff is fascinating to me, KISL: Have you had the op- cate. following the integration into pop- portunity to explore Africa? ular music. Pete: Yeah. I was there for the first time a year ago. I visited Mo- rocco. I got to see and meet a lot of musicians there. I was impressed with the way the culture is com- plex, and deeply layered, culture upon culture influencing each oth- Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle +Group Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser &dvectllslng Pat Jamieson Office Mmtqer Jennifer L-eonhardi Accounting Judy Murray 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 1 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents CoPyright @ 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved, - ~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASS()CIATION KISL" Sort of like "the 1960's music rrovement here in the states? Pete: It is like that in North Af- rica now, and it is all self produced, very do-it-yourself spirit, but the context is different. They have a rich context of music and dance, a great example is the rhythm and KISL: What do you think is the biggest difference between music we find popular here in America, and the styles of Africa? Pete: A lot is different. For one thing a lot of African music is based on the pentatonic scale, which sounds different to western Rock 2 Rock raises money for Sarcoma Alliance Rock 2 Rock competitors tookover local waters at the Isthumus on Catalina Island on Sunday morning, June 17, raising money for the Sarcoma Alliance. Ocean of Hope, an organization of paddleboarders and outrigger-canoe paddlers dedicated to using races to raise funds, was represented with a couple dozen of its members to raise awareness. Competitors were challenged to paddleboard 22.17 miles across Cabrillo Beach ina race against the clock. With a great turn out of 113 paddlers, Jared Vargas of Palos Verdes took home the first place title for the second con- secutive year with a time of 3:52:33. Since inception in 1999 at -the Catalina Classic paddleboard race, Ocean of Hope has raised almost $600,000 in funds for the Sarcoma Alliance. Nomad show which he performs live every Tuesday night from 8 to 10 p.m. on 88.7 KISL. ears. A lot of rhythms are complex and layered. But the oral history that is told in similar. The Griots of Mall they influenced a lot of what the blues are today. KISL: What do you think is community radio's place on Cata- lina? advantage :,of opportunities and being present, that is a conscience goal of mine, that is where you will find me right now, on the streets jommg m. Pete: I think it is the most im- portant for involvement, and even just freedom of speech. It is an outlet for people to share their cre- ativity. We are so blessed in this community to have this resource where people can tell their stories. Everybody has a story and differ- ent interests, and there is a venue at KISL to share those interests and stories. Our goal is to get more people on the airwaves, we have a unique situation here, and we can share that uniqueness. KISL: Can you give us a two- sentence synopsis of your life? Pete: It is kinda the fundamen- tal wisdom of the middle way, I lead such a mild life, but some- times I regret all the bad decisions I haven't made in my life. Taking KISL: (Question'we ask every- one-courtesy of Sarah L.): If you were in a white room with no win- dows or doors, and the walls were of an infinite height what song would you listen to that would lift you out of the room? Pete: That is a good question. (pause). Latety I've been trying to focus on only listening to new music, and that 'lifting' type of inspiration hits me a lot of times when I hear a new song. I would say Oumou Sangare, she's got a song called Seya. It carries a great sense of wonder and journey. On the next Meet the voice: Steve~O:and the Radio Free Cata- lina "gang. To get involved with KISL or learn more about getting your own show on the air call 424- 226-2837 : (HAHA-BOATER) or contact Jordan Monroe the Com- munity Outreach Director- jor- danmonroe @ CATALINA COUPLES: ED AND KIM HALL Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old; ifi special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to 2 1 Friday, July 13, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER