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By Lance Burton
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Nguzo Saba, Every Day
Nguzo Saba, Swahili for 7 Principles. The Nguzo Saba song is a tribute used to bring light to those 7 principles, as we celebrate Kwanzaa. This version is produced for The Village Project, of San Francisco. With music accompaniment inspired from the album "Dis Is da Drum"  The song is "Rubber Soul" by Herbie Hancock and his fellow musicians: Darrell Robertson, Darrell Smith, Will Griffin and Bill Summers. The collaborative creation born out of an inspiration to complete the celebration of culture in the African spirit imbued within Black Americans. To enlighten those seeking the true nature of their worth and value as a people. A roadmap building a spirited community within a complex set of modern challenges. An awakening to children of decades beyond Civil Rights. A guidepost for family spiritual enrichment. Historically bringing home the first harvest. Words to the song were re-formed in 1990 by Brotha Clint Sockwell from earlier writings of a period in 1966 as Kwanzaa sprang from the vision of Maulana Karenga, an African-American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of this Pan-African / African-American inclusive holiday. Kwanzaa is celebrated during the last calendar days of each year. It is highlighted by 7 principle building blocks. These words, spoken in Swahili, are reflective of a strong, essential, highly reasoned lasting community aspiration; Nguzo Saba. Umoja; Unity. Kujichacalia; Self-Determination. Ujima; Collective Work and Responsibility. Ujamaa; Cooperative Economics. Nia; Purpose. Kuumba; Creativity. Imani; Faith. Kwanzaa means "first".  The word signifies the first fruits of the harvest. Habari Gani means - what is the word of the day? Kwanzaa is an inclusive holiday. Join us. Executive Producer - Adrian Williams Editor - Kali ORay Writer, Producer, Performance - Brotha Clint Sockwell Your host - Lance Burton Visit
August 28, 2020
Buddy Bean's Weekend on Fillmore - 1950
A peek at a moment in time as the growing urban culture that began in Harlem, NY during the early 1900s made its way, right along with African Americans, through port city after industrial city. Bringing along the burgeoning culture of song, dance, poetry and literature to inspire stage and screen writers and authors to flourish in the streets and gatherings of the urban environment.  This is a reminiscent glide through a monumental period in  the Fillmore of San Francisco during the 40s through 60s. A pivotal evolving moment in our country's cultural and social maturity happened here. An historic Port City with a shining light on the hill and a beckoning valley of magical mist, when any challenge could be overcome. Sit back and let Buddy Bean paint the picture.
June 29, 2020
Elizabeth Pepin Silva - Journey into Harlem of the West
The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area where people of color, particularly Black people, could go for entertainment in the 1940s and 50s. Like many of the 'cities of industry' where Blacks migrated for work as WWII began, Fillmore was the place where one could find the pulsating sounds that drove people to return night after night to hear the best live jazz and blues music the country could offer. In this episode, we listen to Elizabeth Pepin Silva describe her journey to find out what happened and why it happened that The Fillmore is "No Mo". In doing so, she learns and tells about some of the greats that made the Fillmore Corridor swing. As virtually every great musician of the day came to play at clubs and dance halls that lined the neighborhood. If you've heard the names of the can bet, they played the clubs of the Fillmore. The journey is titled "Harlem of the West - The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era" and is available in Bookstores. This is the 2nd of a 3 part episodic series featured here on The Planet Fillmore Orbit.. You'll find Part 1 also here on the roster. Lewis Watts is the co-author of the book and is highlighted in episode one. 
June 28, 2020
Lewis Watts - "Harlem of the West" The Fillmore
In the first of a three part series, Lewis Watts shares with the listeners his and co-author Elizabeth Pepin's journey in bringing about the nearly 250 page beautifully illustrated book "Harlem of the West".  The fastidiously researched document itself, brought forward to the public in aesthetically pleasing reproductions of original photography and inspirationally gathered personal oral histories, is a 'slice of life' in San Francisco's "magical" 1940s through 1960s Fillmore neighborhood. Elegantly designed, we are introduced to an exciting contrast in lifestyle of previous decades, and given an insight into what it took to assemble this worthy treatment of a fascinating, all but forgotten, 30 year era of high life culture that vanished virtually overnight.  "Harlem of the West" is fantastic. A 'MUST HAVE' for anyone who may ever had heard of The Fillmore, now or then.
May 26, 2020
Bunny Simon Remembers 1950s Fillmore
Bunny Simon made a lasting impression in San Francisco. As a civil rights activist he marched along side Martin Luther King, Jr. As an entrepreneur he owned 8 successful nightclubs including the celebrated and popular Playpen on Divisadero St. For 25 years Bunny entertained the area with famed talent. Known far and wide as one of the most ingenious business men to have operated inside the Western Addition. And, while 1 of 16 children he is also noted for raising a large and proud family of his own. PFC invites you to listen to this old school radio interview for a bit of insight into a few of Bunny's magic moments shared with JJ Parson- GM, Announcer of the deeply regarded KPOO community radio station in San Francisco. Bunny Simon passed away July 20, 2019. His remarkable legacy will remain forever. This is a salute.
May 17, 2020