2010: “The best year” for recorded music

August 31, 2010

David Kunian. Photo courtesy of WWOZ.

In this fascinating NPR interview, David Kunian, a DJ at WWOZ in New Orleans, calls 2010 “the best year for recorded New Orleans music since the ’50s or ’60s.” David, who aired our documentary on WWOZ earlier this month, talks about everything from the traditional jazz revival to the collaboration of hometown funk band Galactic and sissy-bounce rapper Big Freedia. Sissy bounce is a New Orleans-specific subgenre of the rap style called bounce; it’s performed by gay and cross-dressing musicians. In the NPR interview, David talks about the New Orleans R&B world’s long history of gender-bending.

David also introduces listeners to the music of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians, specifically the funk band 101 Runners.

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