Tuesday, December 29, 2009
2009 COMES TO AN END WITH GROOVIN' BLUE 09 - 16 * * THE TWENTY-FIFTH SHOW OF THE SEASON ! ! ! HAPPY WAGRadio NEW YEAR TO ALL Y'ALL ! ! ! !
Monday, December 28, 2009
THE NEW - SOON TO BE POSTED GROOVIN' BLUE 09-16 WILL NOT FEATURE THE HOTTEST NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC SINGLE OUT RIGHT NOW ! ! BUT . .
MY, MY MY - HAS THIS PARTICULAR RECORD GONE BEYON' BLOWIN' UP ! !
WHAT A NUMBER ONE NEW WORLD AFRICAN PIECE OF MUSIC . . . JAY - Z and ALICIA KEYS have got themselves inna 'EMPIRE STATE OF MIND' . . . !
AND WE HERE AT WAGRadio ARE GETTIN' READY TO PODCAST THE LATEST (AND for 2009 the last) GROOVIN' BLUE # 09-16 WHICH WILL FEATURE THE SOUNDZ OF JANET JACKSON, SLIQUE, RAHEEM DeVAUGHN, BUSY SIGNAL, JIMMY SMITH, ODELL BROWN & THE ORGANIZERS and so many more.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
2003 BOOK - READ by DJZZ OVER THE HOLIDAYS - ANOTHER MUST READ FOR BACK-IN-THE-DAY NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC AFFICIONADOS ! ! - "BOOGALOO" -
2010 IS FIVE DAYS AWAY - BUT we got ONE LAST GROOVIN' BLUE FOR 2009 HEADIN' YOUR WAY - - - FIRST HERE'S A BROTHER NAMED VEL OMARR . . . . .
This song originally sung by the wonderful one Mr. Sam Cooke, embodies the clearing of eyes and the casting of hopes to the far horizon. A shore now made more plainly visible by accomplishments seen and positive inner strengths successfully attuned.
In 2010 I can only hope that WAGRadio puts a hop in your hip and a pop in your skip.
You all have been steadily increasing in listening numbers - but that's not the most important thing to us here at the station that never sleeps . . . except when we get really tired and can't stay up anymore. What we get our kicks from is that you and us are diggin' the music together. This New World African Music that is our music cuz we luv it in our bones and brains and hasn't got a lot to do with what the masses are told people today are diggin'!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
***ANOTHER CHRISTMAS SHOW - THIS ONE FOR BLUES LOVERS, GRANDMAMAS, SOULSTERS, GRANDPAPAS & GOSPEL FANS . . .
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
* * * RETRO RADIO CHRISTMAS SHOW IS READY * * * GROOVIN' BLUE 2001 * * * WITH SUNNY 'SWEET DADDY FONK' & DJZIGZAG * * * RETRO XMAS RADIO ! ! !
* * * RETRO 2001 GROOVIN' BLUE CHRISTMAS RADIO SHOW [CHMB - AM1320] SOON TO BE ADDED TO ALREADY POSTED 2009 OFFERING . . .
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
2009 CHRISTMAS SHOW IS NOW POSTED - FEATURING SOUL & JAZZ & GOSPEL AND NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC IN ALL ITS YULE-TIDE SOULERY ! ! ! ENJOY ! ! ! !
SUNNY 'SWEET DADDY FONK' WILL JOIN DJZIGZAG FOR A GROOVIN' BLUE FUNK SHUI XMAS SPECIAL - FEATURING GOLDEN EAST END XMAS OLDIES ! !
THE 2nd GROOVIN' BLUE CHRISTMAS SHOW WILL BE A FUNK SHUI SPECIAL FEATURING THE GOLDEN OLDIES OF A SOULFUL YULETIDE - "Merry Christmas Baby" by OTIS REDDING, "Christmas Tears" by FREDDY KING, "Christmas In The Ghetto" by BIG DADDY RUCKER, "Run Rudolph Run" by CHUCK BERRY and so many more of what have become EAST END XMAS PARTY FAVOURITES ! ! !
YES, IT WILL BE A GRAMPA AND GRAND-MAMA'S XMAS with SWEET DADDY FONK and ZIGZAGZ - - TO COMPLIMENT THE MOSTLY CONTEMPORARY GROOVIN' BLUE 2009 PODCAST THAT WILL BE READY FOR LISTENING IN A DAY OR TWO . . . SO, STAY TUNED ! ! !
And to whet your appetite for those classic New World African Christmas Music sounds - here is a just-released video of the Genius himself in 1979 at the Ettal Monastery in Germany singing the Charles Brown classic "Merry Christmas Baby" as only Ray can.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
TWO CHRISTMAS GROOVIN' BLUE SHOWS TO BE PODCASTED IN THE NEXT WEEK - - - WILL FEATURE B3 ORGAN GIANTS JIMMY SMITH & JIMMY McGRIFF . . .
AND NOT ONLY THE ORGANISTIC STYLINGS OF MR. McGRIFF & MR. SMITH BUT THE FIRST OF THE TWO SHOWS (AN ALL - ORIGINAL 2009 XMAS PROGRAM) WILL FEATURE NEW CHRISTMAS MATERIAL BY TREY SONGZ, YOLANDA ADAMS, BRIAN McKNIGHT, ANGIE STONE and ANTHONY HAMILTON as well as CLASSIC NEW WORLD AFRICAN CHRISTMAS GEMS by THE IMPRESSIONS, BROOK BENTON, BILL COSBY, WILLIAM BELL, THE PILGRIM TRAVELLERS and the usual MANY, MANY MORE . . . . .
Sunday, December 6, 2009
IS IT BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS THAT JIMMY SMITH POPS UP ON THE WAGRadio RADAR ?
NOTHING SEZ XMAS TO US MORE THAN THE B3 ORGAN STYLINGS OF THE KING OF JAZZ ORGAN - MR. JIMMY SMITH.
THIS VIDEO HAS JUST SURFACED. IT'S MR. SMITH IN SLOVAKIA IN 2004. JIMMY PLAYS LIVE FOR ALMOST TEN MINUTES ! !
Sunday, November 29, 2009
WAGRadio TAKES YOU BACK TO NOVEMBER 1965 - LOS ANGELES 'THE BIG TNT SHOW' STARRING THE IKE AND TINA TURNER REVUE ! !
WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG ? ?
YOU'RE JUST A FOOL - - - YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH TINA AND THE IKETTES ! !
Friday, November 20, 2009
YUM YUM - - FOR YOUR EAR DRUM ! ! GROOVIN' BLUE 09-15 HAS BEEN POSTED AND IS READY TO BE SAVOURED ! ! ! !
Thursday, November 19, 2009
GOTTA BE THE STRANGEST VIDEOS feat. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN CHUNES "SILLY" by TARAL HICKS
The ultimate version of this tune is of course by DENEICE WILLIAMS but Ms. T. Hicks does a masterful job of it.
But what's with all the body-builders??
Anyway - dig the tune. Dig the boyz! Dig whatever turns y'all on! ! !
OH YEAH, and GROOVIN' BLUE 09-15 is just around the corner...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
AIN'T NO FAKIN' - - IT BE ZIGGI - THE EURO-MAICAN & his video -"NEED TO TELL YOU THIS" which is LIT & BLAZIN' ! ! !
This brother with the gritty vocal abilities (he has that Marley brothers soulfulness) is blessed with great songs with great hooks that have an inherent joy permeating the proceedings.
OH, and at 1:14 of these particular proceedings, for all you heavy-libidoed males, there is a bit of a bouncy treat. WAGRadio can say no more. . .
"CAN'T GET OVER YOU" by JOE from the MAZE feat. FRANKIE BEVERLY TRIBUTE ALBUM ON Brantera Music out of Antioch California . . .
THIS IS A MUST-HAVE CD FOR ALL CONTEMPORARY SOUL FANS.
"Joy and Pain" by AVANT / "We Are One" by RAHEEM DeVAUGHN and "Happy Feelin's" by LEDISI are just a few of the other wonderful covers featured on this great indie tribute Cd.
Watch for them to show up for WAGRadio fans soon on
GROOVIN' BLUE 09-15 ! ! !
Thursday, November 12, 2009
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO ROCK 'N' ROLL DISC JOCKEY LEGEND - RED ROBINSON - CELEBRATING FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OF BRINGING MUSIC TO THE PEEPS ! ROCK ON !!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
DOWNTAEARTH BILL WITHERS TALKS ABOUT THANGS - - AS PART OF THE PROMOTION FOR THE RECENTLY RELEASED FILM "SOUL POWER" - WHADDA GREAT BROTHER.
A TUNE FROM 1974 AND THEN SOME PRAGMATIC TALK FROM MR. WITHERS ABOUT THE BEHIND THE SCENES OF "SOUL POWER".
NUFF SAID ! !
LISTEN AND LEARN YOUNGUNS ! ! !
Monday, November 9, 2009
A WAGRadio Favourite - Featured on GROOVIN' BLUE 09 - 12 in September and could be a reason why that show is still getting so many hits.
What a great dance tune!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Released in 1964, this 45 was an EAST END VANCOUVER house party favourite. The record wasn't played on any of the city's radio stations at the time of its release. It did get airplay when CKLG-FM's "Groovin' Blue" went on the air (Oct. 1967).
THE RADIANTS were originally a five man group formed in 1960 out of The Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois but only recorded as a trio.
This video sees them on The!!!! Beat T.V. show out of Nashville, Tennessee with discjockey Bill "Hoss" Allen. Featured: Leonard Caston Jr. [tnr], Wallace Sampson [bar] and the wonderful Maurice McAlister on lead.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
WE WORKIN' ON GROOVIN' BLUE 09 - 15 WITH THE ULTIMATE LIVE VERSION OF MR. BILL WITHERS "USE ME" - - 'Keep Usin' Me, Til . .'
GROOVIN' BLUE IS THE FLAGSHIP PROGRAM ON WAGRadio.
NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC IS THE MODE OF ENJOYMENT.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I KNOW it sounds a little 'out there' but this film about two rival CALI 'gangs' by director Stacy Peralta can be deftly quoted during conversations about the seemingly impending death of Jazz [and to a lesser degree black Pop and Soul].
Maybe it provided that insight to WAGRadio because our first concern is Black music. The stark understanding that New World African classical music [Jazz] no longer has the once-prolific venues [ghetto clubs, bars, show lounges] to promote itself to working-class Black Americans was, possibly, an unintended bit of enlightenment delivered by "Crips & Bloods: Made In America". An old story. Last to get a job. First to lose it. No work. No spending cash. No income for musicians, record labels, promoters etc.
Please try and see this documentary. I can't stress how evocative its message is. Initially it seems to be a heart-wrenching dissertation on gang violence in L.A., and it is, but then the film's other truer messages begin to appear - told through the clear eyes and voices of the young to middle-aged Crips and Bloods who share their profound knowledge through the camera lens.
DJZigZag and WAGRadio Management
Thursday, October 29, 2009
* * * WAGRadio * * AND zipDJ * * * TOP FORTY DANCE & URBAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC CHART - - OCTOBER 31st TO NOVEMBER 6th - - ! TWO THOUSAND AND NINE !
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
JOHNNY JONES TALKS ABOUT HOW BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND WANTED HIS GUITAR STYLE TO SOUND - LIKE WAGRadio FAVOURITE WAYNE BENNETT [IN A T-BONE MODE]
Johnny Jones of Johnny Jones and The King Casuals talks about travelling with the Bobby "Blue" Bland Revue between 1976 and '79 and how Bobby didn't want to hear much bending of strings but a more straight ahead T-Bone Walker style of play. Mr. Jones, who died just the other day, was a student of Bobby's long-time guitarist Wayne Bennett in the seventies and was the perfect fit for the great Duke records vocalist's band.
Thanks to CO-OP Radio's Ron Simmonds, host of 'Blues In The Dark' for [once again] hipping us to another superb video.
Friday, October 16, 2009
ISN'T THIS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF AUDIO EQUIPMENT ! ! - - & WE'RE LOOKIN' 4 YOU TO SEND US COMMENTS - - OR YOUR TOP TUNES LIST circa ** 1955 - 1960 **
Thursday, October 15, 2009
OUTTA AMSTERDAM (no kidding) It's ZIGGI and he smokin' his pervurbial hoon off.
I luv his 'shy look' [1:14] when he sez (after sayin' he had "one pound in the rover") that there was "one pound in the living-room sofa" ! !
CraZy-Ziggi - that GanJa Lovin' Euro-Brother ! !
Listen to the full 4:35 version of 'Joka Smoka' called "GANJA SMOKE IN THE AIR" by ZIGGI on GROOVIN' JAM-ROCK BLUE 2K9 SHOW #2 - - podcasted on WAGRadio
What a giant of New World African Music this multi-talented man was. The video is from the mid-'60's California based TV show "Shindig!" hosted by LA radio jock Jimmy O'Neill. Billy Preston, on keyboards, led the studio band and performed the occasional vocal number on the show. We couldn't get 'Shindig!' in the East End without an antenna. I would watch the show at the Chow's on 41st Avenue at the home of brothers Harry and Buddy [who WAGRadio fans know, contribute musical ideas to Groovin' Blue occasionally].
Billy Preston - one of our musical heroes.
Friday, October 9, 2009
STUFFED UP THE SOUL-HOLE ! AND OVERFLOWIN' WITH FLAVOUR ! ! YES ! - IT'S AN ALL-NEW GROOVIN' BLUE 09-13 ! ! !
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Hey GrandMaMas! & GrandPaPas! WAGRadio WANTS YOUR 1955 TO 1960 **BEST - OF** LIST - - TRY IT - - IT COULD BE A LOTTA FUN ! !
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Another biopic about the legendary CHESS RECORDS of Chicago, Illinois. This time focusing on the founder Leonard Chess.
Hot on the heels of "Cadillac Records" comes "Who Do You Love" starring Chi McBride as Willie Dixon, Brit actor David Oyelowo as McKinley Morganfield, Keb' Mo' as bluesman Jimmy Rogers, Mike DeFoor plays Little Walter with Robert Randolph as Elias McDaniel and Alessandro Nivola as L. Chess.
Hope this one comes back for more than the two festival showings in VanCity but if I'm reading the blogs correctly, this film won't be released in the States (therefore Canada) until 2010. So we will just have to wait and see.
It plays the Vancouver International Film Festival on Oct. 10 @ 10:00 pm and Oct. 12 @ 2:10 pm -- djzz will be attending the 2:10 Monday, Oct. 12 showing at the Granville 7
For more V.I.F.F. info - go to - viff.org
Friday, October 2, 2009
Hopefully this film will make an appearance at a theatre in or near the town or city where you live.
With archival film from the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960's wed to contemporary musical performances by Anthony Hamilton, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, Mary Mary, The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Legend and more, this film is nothing less than a tour-de-force.
It plays the Vancouver International Film Festival on Oct. 2 @ 6:30 pm and Oct. 3 @ 1:50 pm.
for more about this and other Vancouver I. F. Festival films - go to - viff.org
Saturday, September 26, 2009
WAGRadio TOP FORTY LIST OF zipDJ CONTEMPORARY FAVOURITES
2. "Million Dollar Bill" - WHITNEY HOUSTON [Columbia]
3. "Sweat It Out" - THE DREAM [Def Jam]
4. "Jealous Of My Boogie (Gomi & Rasjek Remix)" - RUPAUL
5. "On The Ocean" - K'JON [Universal]
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
GREAT 70's FUNGK AND ROLL A' LA ISAAC HAYES IS WHAT THE MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT IN THIS WAY DOWN SOUTH (AFRICA NOT ALABAMA THIS TIME) GEM-HEIST CINEMA ROCKER.
THE 2009 FILM WILL UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE A LIMITED LIFE IN ENGLISH THEATRES IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH SO SEE IT SOON.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"ROLLING STONE" by SPANNER BANNER - - Beautiful song plus beautiful girl BUT SORRY SPANNER --- VERY HUMOROUS THINGS HAPPENING ! !
THIS IS A STOMACH-TIGHTENING VIDEO TO WATCH . . .
BOTH THE FEMALE (cast as temptress/girlfriend) AND VOCALIST SPANNER BANNER LOOK TERRIBLY ILL-AT-EASE (forget about the fact that at the :20 second mark - - it looks as if Spanner is doing the nasty from behind with the young actress/model).
THESE ARE NOT, IN ANY WAY, COMFORTABLE-WITH-THE-CAMERA PERFORMANCES. BOTH PARTICIPANT'S ATTITUDES APPEAR STRAINED THROUGHOUT.
SORRY, BUT IT DOES TAKE ON COMIC PROPORTIONS.
AT TIMES MR. BANNER LOOKS AS THOUGH HE'S 'BOUT TO RUN AWAY WITH AN A'FEARED LOOK IN HIS EYE - 'SPECIALLY WHENEVER THE YOUNG WOMEN GOES ANYWHERE NEAR HIS ABDOMEN OR BELT BUCKLE.
IT IS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL SONG BUT A TERRIBLY DIRECTED PIECE OF PROMOTION.
RE-EDIT IT FOR GAWD'S SAKE ! ! !
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU (PROBABLY) HAVE ENUFF RAW FOOTAGE.
Monday, September 14, 2009
WOW ! !
A SOUL - MUSIC HIT FOR TODAY
by CONTEMPORARY SOUL SINGER K'JON . . .
THIS UNIVERSAL RECORDS RELEASE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE MAY BUT IS JUST NOW GETTING THE LOVE IT DESERVES FROM SOUL MUSIC FANS.
"ON THE OCEAN" by K'JON IS ON THE LATEST GROOVIN' BLUE 09-11 WHICH IS PODCASTED ON WAGRadio . . .
LOOK FOR GROOVIN' BLUE 09-12 and a BRAND NEW FUNK SHUI GROOVIN' BLUE WITH SWEET DADDY FONK and DJZZ - - - COMING SOON ! !
** When the "embedding... notice" appears after you click on the video - simply click "watch on YouTube" to view - On The Ocean - by K'Jon **