Yesssir (and Ma’am). Ayana Contreras plays cuts from this rare LP tonight on Reclaimed Soul. The record, 1971’s “A Sun Lady for all Seasons Reads Her Poetry” by world-renowned poet Sonia Sanchez not only features the poet reading some of her best known works, it also featured her giving context to the pieces.
For example, to introduce her poem called “Black Magic”, she states:
"There’s a singer who is not really too political, but every now and then he says something in a song and in one of his songs he was saying about like we oughta jump back and kiss ourselves"…
That singer was James Brown. She continues,
"… And so I say to you, black people. we ought to start a five year plan of kissing ourselves - just jumping back and kissing ourselves, and then we gonna believe that we is bad, been bad, and we gonna get badder."
All that, plus Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lotus Palace, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Labelle, Howlin Wolf, and much, much more…
Reclaimed Soul. Tonight at 8pm CST on 89.5fm, 90.7fm in Chicago, and vocalo.org.